The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1909

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p.1 Napanee River Dredging - between Napanee and Deseronto sought; deputation went to see Minister of Works in Ottawa.

Latest News - Four more steamers started down the Detroit river this morning on their way to Lake Erie. They are led by the tug Frances Hackett, which will break the ice for them until clear water is reached.

There is no change in the situation as regards the stranded car ferry Ashtabula, at Port Burwell. The wind is still blowing heavily from the west and from present prospects nothing can be done today towards getting the vessel off.

A telegram has been received from William Reid, Woodstock, Ont., advising that his father, Captain James Reid, stricken with apoplexy at Port Burwell and reported to be in a serious condition, is greatly improved. Capt. Reid is the head of the wrecking firm, having offices in Sarnia and Port Huron.


Ogdensburg, Dec. 18th - The steamer Haskell arrived here from Chicago, Thursday night, and the steamer Burlington came into port Friday. Both are Rutland line freighters and are the last boats on regular trips to pass through the canal. The members of the Haskell crew reported the stormiest trip of their experience on the lakes. The storm struck the boat while on Lake Michigan, and the crew spent many anxious hours fighting the elements, while the heavy seas poured over the decks and threatened disaster hour after hour. Though the liner weathered the gale, it came into port badly battered.

p.7 Wolfe Island News - Dec. 18th - Gregory Keegan tenders resignation as purser on Wolfe Island ferry; Joseph McAvoy, who was an applicant, withdrew his application; George Rattary received appointment without a dissenting voice.

Water Works Meeting - (part)

....The chairman reported that the lease of the waterworks wharf to the Donnelly Company had been signed, but the company had not yet removed its boat from the West street slip, as it agreed to do on December 15th. He wanted to know who should see that the terms of the lease were carried out. The superintendent said that the terms of the lease were carried out. The superintendent said that the waterworks committee had no control of the West street slip, which was a street continuation, and belonged to the board of works, under whose jurisdiction the harbor master operated....

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1909