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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Apr 1910

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Ogdensburg, April 12th - The steamer John Rugee, of the George Hall coal fleet, was damaged, Sunday night, by fire at the shipyard. The loss will be from $15,000 to $20,000 but is fully covered by insurance. The boat will be out of commission about a month.

The vessel was being fitted out for the opening of the season and workmen were aboard her until five o'clock. The blaze was discovered about eight o'clock and stubbornly resisted the efforts of the firemen for two hours. The cause is attributed to combustion in the coal bunkers. The boiler room and cabin suffered most.

Capt. Daniel Hourigan, Oswego, and his crew have arrived to begin the season's work of transporting coal from Charlotte to Ogdensburg.



The schooner W.J. Suffel is at Trenton loading grain for Richardsons' elevator.

The steamer Victoria of Brockville has been sold has been sold to Capt. Davis, of Smith's Falls.

Capt. John Ferguson and first mate Charles Lawrence have joined the crew of the steamer Bermuda.

Bernard Phelan, Brockville, has engaged as wheelman on the Rutland line boat Ogdensburg for the season.

The steamer Albert M. Marshall, laid up at Richardsons' slip all winter, will clear in a few days for Alexandria Bay, to load stone for Chicago.

The steamer Port Colborne is loading grain in Fort William and will leave there on the 15th inst. for the Cereal company's elevator in this city.

The crew of the barge Ceylon, composed of Capt. C. Beaupre, William Gee, first mate, and J. Lalonde, second mate, have left for Garden Island.

The steamer Columbian has been secured from Capt. D. Kenny, Gananoque, by the Brockville Merchant's Association to run on the Butternut Bay route.

Want Myles Shoal Lighted.

Last year there was a red light placed on the Myles shoal in the harbor, and it was of great benefit to navigation, particularly to the smaller boats. This year the light is not being placed, and the local marine men and the yachtsmen are very much dissatisfied. An effort will be made to have the shoal again lighted. The expense is trifling.

p.3 Boats Hit Shoal - Gananoque, April 12th - Capt. D.J. Kenny's new steamer Columbia made a run to Kingston yesterday, for a test by the inspector. It is expected she will get the mail carrying between Gananoque and Clayton, which is not actually a part of the ferry business, but has generally been awarded to the steamer selected for the route.

The old government tug, now used by Mitchell & Wilson, for carrying supplies for their island contracts, met with a mishap on Saturday last running foul of a shoal near Sugar Island. She stuck fast and could not be extricated. Capt. Kenny was sent for and ran the Columbia down, but in running in, struck the same shoal and had to lay there overnight. Sunday morning the Columbia got clear and pulled the tug out. Neither vessel suffered any material damage.


The Calvin Company desire to extend their hearty thanks to those who so promptly responded to the call for help at the fire early Monday morning, to the men of Garden Island, to the Chief of Kingston Fire Department and his men, to Mr. Howard Folger for the use of his steamboat, and to all others who so readily assisted and thus prevented the fire extending to the property of the Calvin Company in the neighborhood.

Daily Standard, April 12, 1910


Reported Fire In Steambarge.

A report in Brockville yesterday stated that the steambarge Rugee, of the Hall fleet, was partially destroyed by fire at Ogdensburg, on Sunday night.

Brockville-Butternut Bay Route.

At a meeting of the shareholders of the Brockville Navigation Co. held on Saturday, the offer of Capt. Davis of Smith's Falls for the purchase of the steamer Victoria was accepted. The leaving of the Victoria does not mean that the Butternut Bay route will be without a boat this summer as the Retail Merchants' Association has made arrangements with Capt. Kenny of Gananoque to ply the steamer Columbia a trim craft 68 feet long, 12 feet beam. The boat will answer the purpose of the route nicely.



The dredge Sir Richard was dredging the harbor this morning.

The steamer (sic - schooner) W.J. Suffel is loading grain at Trenton for Richardsons'.

The Government steamer Scout cleared for river ports yesterday afternoon, after marking the harbor.

The captain and crew of the tug Bartlett arrived this morning.

The steamer City of Ottawa went into the Government dry dock this morning for repairs.

The steamer Albert M. Marshall will clear for Alexandria Bay to load stone for Chicago.

The Cyclone left for Garden Island this morning, carrying the following crew: Capt. John Ferguson; W. Gee; C.W. Beaupre, G. Lalone, Chas. Lawrenson.

The steamer Bickerdike is being repaired and freshly painted. She looks like a new steamer, and expects to clear about April 25th.


Reported That Lake Carriers Cannot Agree Upon Joint Tariff.

Montreal, April 12th - It is reported here that the Canadian Lake Carriers are unable to agree upon a joint tariff from Fort William to Montreal by the all-water route, and did not hold the meeting in Toronto which was called for last Friday afternoon, and will promulgamate independent rate schedules.

Some of the owners of the steamers that navigate the lake and canal system and the company that owns the flotilla of barges on the lower canals and river navigation are opposed to bringing the rate down to less than five cents per bushel. A less figure it is said would not admit of the company indicated being able to charge its rate of one and seven-eighths of a cent between Kingston and Montreal as lake steamers, running from Fort William to Kingston will not accept less than three cents a bushel.

Some of the steamship owners are willing to accept four and a half cents and it is thought that in another ten days, when navigation will be in full swing there will be a general scramble for the business at any rates that can be obtained, as was the case two years ago, when wheat was brought down from Fort William and even from Duluth to Montreal for three and a half cents per bushel. The Canadian lake fleets this year are larger than they ever were.

Card of Thanks - from Calvin Company concerning help at fire on steamer D.D. Calvin.

p.8 First Trip of Season - The steamer Aletha left Belleville yesterday morning, on her first trip of the season.

R. & O. Steamers - The steamer Belleville leaves Toronto, on Tuesday, May 3rd, thus beginning the season for the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Apr 1910