The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1910

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p.3 The Dry Dock Report - it yielded a profit of $7,900 last year.



"Do you want to hire a deck hand?"

"Do you want to get a good cook?"

"How are chances for a sail this summer?"

"Are all your places on the boat filled up?"

The above are samples of questions which are being asked every day now in marine circles. Captains of boats are besieged with men looking for places on the vessels, and every day men are seeking employment at the Montreal Transportation company's office and at Richardsons'.

In addition to the many who call and ask for work there are also a number who write for work. The boats have nearly all been fitted out, but there are generally a few vacancies, and there is not likely to be any trouble in filling these places.

One of the greatest troubles the captains have is in securing cooks. Men cooks are preferred for the work but very often they can not be secured for any length of time, and some of the captains are on the lookout for cooks nearly every time they come into the port.

There is always an opening for a good cook for on a vessel if there is one thing more than another that has to be attended to it is that of the meals. Sailing gives one a great appetite, and the inner man must be attended to.

Breaks The Ice.

John Sowards, the coal king of Kingston, arrived Sunday night on his steamer, the Sowards, after a lively trip across the lake. The Sowards was the first boat out of Kingston into Lake Ontario this year and she towed the schooner Major Ferry over with her. When the Sowards steamed out of Kingston harbor she struck a large ice pack and was forced to buck her way through it for eleven miles. Commodore Sowards always makes the first trip in the spring and the last trip in the fall. Captain Mack Shaw is in command of the steamer Sowards again this year.

Captain Albert Simmons is in command of the Major Ferry. While here Captain Simmons closed up an important business matter which has been hanging fire for several years. [Oswego Times]

About Motor Boats.

"I see that a great deal of complaint has been made about the steamers passing along the harbor at too fast a rate of speed," remarked a vessel owner, to a representative of the Whig, on Wednesday morning, "thus causing a lot of damage to the small boats. I think that there is just as much cause for complaint about some of the motor boats that run around the harbor in the summer. I know of motor boats that travel at a very fast rate of speed, so fast that canoes and row boats are given quite a shaking up. They dart in and out, and cause no end of trouble. I think that it would be just as well for the owners of motor boats to take care. They are passing along far oftener than the steamers, and do more damage. Some of the motor boats travel so fast that I really believe that they would not be able to keep clear of another boat if they happened to run close together."

Movement of Vessels.

The schooner Ford River cleared for Oswego on Tuesday afternoon to load coal for Toronto.

The steamer Aletha will leave Belleville for Kingston on regular time on Saturday morning.

The steambarge Navajo arrived in Oswego from Kingston on Monday afternoon at two o'clock.

J.M. Phillips, Brockville, engineer of W.H. Comstock's yacht, Vernon Jr., is in Kingston to fit out the boat.

The steambarge Sowards and the schooner Major Ferry arrived from Oswego on Monday afternoon, with a cargo of coal for Sowards. The vessels had a very good trip over the lake. They cleared from Kingston at two o'clock on Sunday afternoon, and arrived in Oswego at 11 p.m.


Exceeded Guarantee.

Port Huron, Mich., April 6th - The new passenger steamer Rochester, built by the Detroit Shipbuilding company for the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company, had her special trip, yesterday afternoon, on a measured course between the Lake View life saving station and Fort Sanilac, on Lake Huron, and exceeded the builder's guarantee of eighteen miles per hour.

The large steamers will leave here on the morning of the 15th ?. That is the day the marine insurance goes into effect.

The S.S. Turbinia is coming to Kingston to go into dry dock for overhauling of her hull.

Daily Standard, April 6, 1910

p.1 From The Wires - The wrecked lake freighter Wissahickon is now in dock at Detroit.

The first cargo to reach Detroit this season was a lumber consignment yesterday by the steamer R.C. Hall.

Another Cut In Grain Rate War - comparing rates from Fort William to Buffalo and then New York with Fort William to Montreal.

p.4 Georgian Bay Canal - Will be a long time before it materializes.



Port Huron, Mich., April 6th - The new passenger steamer Rochester built by the Detroit Shipbuilding Co. for the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Co. had her special trip yesterday afternoon on a measured course between the Lakeview Life Saving Station and Fort Sanilac on Lake Huron, and exceeded the builder's guarantee of eighteen miles per hour. The vessel will be put on the route between Lewiston and Ogdensburg. A large number of prominent marine men from Montreal, Toronto and Detroit were on board on the trip yesterday.

City Happenings.

The schooners Sowards (sic) and Major Ferry arrived this morning from Oswego with coal for Sowards, the Sowards making the trip in nine hours.

p.8 Fitting Out Yacht - J.M. Phillips, of Brockville, engineer of W.H. Comstock's yacht Vernon Jr., to fit out boat for season.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1910