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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Dec 1909

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Left The Ship.

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Dec. 17th - Capt. E.A. Booth and nearly all the crew of the steamer Port Colborne have left the ship at the Canadian Soo, declaring they would not take chances on Lake Superior. The captain was of opinion that it was unsafe to weather Lake Superior this time of year. The men have left for their homes by rail. The vessel has cleared for Fort William.

Likely To Be Total Loss.

Buffalo, Dec. 17th - Word has been received by James Evans, western manager of the Anchor Transportation line from Fernauld, Ont. in regard to the stranding of the steamer Wissahicken, on the Outer Duck Island, Lake Huron. On account of the precarious position of the steamer it is feared that if released at all, which is doubtful, she will be very badly damaged.

Latest News.

If possible an effort will be made to release the steamer Wissahickon from Outer Duck Island and get her to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for the winter. The tug Reid was to have gone to work on the Steinbrenner but has received orders to proceed at once to the Wissahickon.

At Port Burwell, Ont., the situation as regards the stranded car ferry Ashtabula remains practically the same as some days ago. There were prospects, yesterday, that the weather would be more favorable, today, for getting the boat off but the wind has again shifted back to the south-west, blowing freshly and nothing can be done under present conditions.



"Home Sweet Home" For The Mariners.

"Home Sweet Home." This is what the mariners are thinking about these days. The work for the season is now over, and every day there are new arrivals in the city. Marine men are noticed all over the city now, and are gladly welcomed by their many friends. Once more, after a very busy season of several months on the water, they can enjoy city life, and the home coming at Christmas is always looked forward to, with a great deal of pleasure.

Locally, nearly everything is tied up in the marine line, with the exception of the Folger boats, running to Cape Vincent, and the old reliable Wolfe Islander, and, of course, they will continue to do service until put out of business by the ice, and the weather man does not promise anything very severe just at present. It looks like an open season until after the holiday season. At Christmas and New Years, the traffic is very heavy between Kingston and Cape Vincent. Many Kingstonians spend yuletide with their relatives on the American side, and there are also many Americans who come over to Canada for the holiday season.

The mariners are returning home, and everyone joins in welcoming them. It is during the winter months that the men get together and talk over the trips of the season, relating their experiences in some of the heaviest gales they have experienced. All this is quite interesting, and if given in a book, would form fine reading.

Marine Personals.

Milo Perry, engineer on the steamer Rosemount, has returned to his home in this city.

Capt. Donnelly, of the steamer Corunna, which was laid up in Toronto, has returned home. He is first mate on this steamer.

Capt. James Dix has returned home from Sault Ste. Marie.

The government boat Speedy is being laid up in Kingston. The members of the crew will leave for home tomorrow.

Capt. Cecil Milligan, of the steamer Westmount, left, today, for his home in St. Catharines.

Capt. H.N. McMaster, of the steamer Stormount, left, yesterday, for his home in Toronto.

W.S. Greenhill, chief engineer on the steamer Rosemount, has left for his home in the old country. He sailed from New York today.

returning home - list of different crew members and steamers.

p.6 Deseronto, Dec. 16th - ....The Bay is all frozen over and the shipyard presents a wintry scene. The steamers Salisbury and Reindeer are on the ways to receive repairs and the steamers Brockville and Aletha and schooners Theodore Voges and Horace Taber are also in quarters here.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Dec 1909