The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Dec 1909

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p.1 Latest News - At Port Burwell the car ferry Ashtabula remains in the same position, nothing yet having been done than of a preparatory nature. Those in charge say there is no doubt the ferry will be got off when good weather comes.



Steamer Seguin Had A Rough Voyage.

Coated with ice and snow, and giving every evidence of having had a rough voyage, the steamer Seguin, loaded with grain for Richardsons' elevator, arrived in port from Fort William on Monday forenoon, after being on the way for two weeks, having left Fort William on Dec. 7th.

The Seguin has on board 70,000 bushels of wheat, and will be unloaded next week. Although navigation has been practically closed, the elevator has been running, there being two vessels to work on, the Marshall and the Prince Rupert. The Marshall has been unloaded, and has now gone into winter quarters on the south side of the elevator. Grain is now being taken out of the steamer Prince Rupert.

Life is not always full of sunshine on the water, especially when it comes late in the season. There is an old saying that any person can manage a vessel when the weather is calm, but it takes a good sailor to navigate when it is stormy. And this is true. Every mariner will tell you so. And there was very little sunshine for the crew of the Seguin on its last trip of the season. They had one of the roughest trips ever experienced by the crew, and they are old timers at the game. Leaving Fort William on Dec. 5th, the Seguin made good progress until off White Fish Point, and here they met with such a heavy gale that for fifty-five hours they were compelled to take shelter at the Point. An ice jam in Lake Huron was the next thing the Seguin was up against. The ice pushed so hard against the side of the vessel that the glass in the "dead eyes" were smashed, and they had to be covered over with iron plates.

It was rough all the way on Lake Huron, but when Lake Erie was reached the conditions were no better. In fact they were somewhat worse. There was ice again, and more of it. The Seguin and thirteen other vessels did their best to make a way, but it was no go, and the tug Hackett had to be called in to help. The tug smashed up the ice and cleared the way.

And then old Lake Ontario had to play its share and when the Seguin plunged into its seas there was a lively storm on, and the trip from Port Dalhousie to Kingston was one long to be remembered. The vessel stayed at McDonald's Cove over night for shelter, and this forenoon succeeded in making the final stage of the way, the captain and all the other members of the crew breathing somewhat easier when they pulled in at Richardsons' elevator.

p.3 Stirring Feature - Port Stanley, Dec. 20th - double funeral service for Harry Thomas and Roy Hinds, the Port Stanley boys lost in the foundering of the car ferry Bessemer.



Alexander McDougall, Duluth, Minn., S. Dyment, Barrie, and James M. Smith, Collingwood, came from the west on Saturday night to look over the government dry dock property. They are three of the company which has leased the dock for twenty-one years. In company with W.J. Fair, one of the Kingston directors, they went over the dock property, and were immensely pleased with it. They declared that it was splendidly situated, and that lots of room was afforded for the erection of additional buildings for the extensive plant to be installed. The dock and power house are in the best of condition. They picked out locations for various structures. Plans are being prepared for the buildings and the necessary plant is being ordered. Little will be done at the dock until April when the company takes over the property.

The three visitors are largely interested in the Collingwood Shipbuilding company, Mr. McDougall being president, and Mr. Smith general manager. It is likely that Mr. Dyment will be made president of the Kingston Shipbuilding company, in which there are seven stockholders. The company promises that Kingston will benefit greatly by the leasing of the dock.

p.5 Steamer Detained By Snow - The steamer New Island Wanderer did not come from Cape Vincent on Saturday evening, being detained by a snowfall which rendered navigation impossible. She had fourteen passengers bound for Kingston and brought them over at 9:30 o'clock Sunday morning.

p.7 News of World - The steamer F.W. Myers ?, Buffalo, was cut through by the ice and went down on Lake Erie. The crew were taken off by the Mapleton, and landed at Port Colborne.

The tug Reed found the wreck of the car ferry Bessemer No. 2, which went down in the storm on December 7th ? with thirty-three souls. There was only one small spar protruding above the water. Divers will be sent down to recover the bodies.



Thirty Boats Pass Out Of Existence.

Detroit, Dec. 20th - Not including the wrecked steamers W.C. Richardson, Henry Steinbrenner, Wissahickon and Ashtabula, some of which may be added to the list, thirty vessels passed out of existence on the lakes during the past season. The boats were valued at $1,000,000, and the total loss may reach $2,000,000. The vessels that were total losses had a carrying capacity of 17,700 tons per trip, and figuring on twenty trips for each ship, they could move about 954,000 tons of freight in a season. Forty eight vessels, valued at $2,341,000 with a season capacity of 2,000,000 tons, were lost in 1909

Tugs Fighting The Ice.

Amhertsburg, Dec. 20th - The tugs Harding and Hackett this morning started a battle with the ice from Amherstburg to South east shoal with the Canadian steamers Strathcona and Donaconna. There is a great amount of ice in the lower end of the river, and an all day tussle is expected before the tugs reach the shoal. The steamer John F. Eddy and barge were still tied up in the ice in Lake St. Clair last night. So far as known the boats have asked for no assistance.

To Build Great Freighter.

Detroit, Dec. 20th - Negotiations have been closed between the Anchor Line and the Detroit Shipbuilding company for a big package freighter to take the place of the Clarion, burned off Pelee Island, Lake Erie, two weeks ago. The new steamer will be 374 feet long, 46 feet beam and 28 feet deep and probably will cost three hundred thousand to three hundred and twenty thousand dollars. She will be exclusively a freighter.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Dec 1909