The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Apr 1910

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The steamer Advance cleared last evening for Fort William.

The schooner Cornelia is unloading coal from Oswego at Swift's.

The steamer America will remain in Davis' dry dock for a couple of days more.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived at Anglin's from Oswego with coal.

The steamer Aletha is making her regular trips from bay points to the city.

The steamer City of Ottawa will be another week in the government dry dock.

The steamer Iona is at the government dry dock, awaiting inspection. She will clear for Oswego after inspection.

The steamer Belleville is being fitted out here before leaving for Toronto. She will clear for her first trip on Monday next.

The weather was very rough at Oswego on Tuesday. The steamer Sowards started out for Kingston and was forced to put back.

The steamer Carleton cleared for Fort William with cement. The repairs on the vessel were not completed, but the insurance company allowed the vessel to make the trip.

Marine men say that the scarcity of coal at Oswego has been causing a deal of delay for the coal schooners. The vessels have been there ready to be filled, but there has not been enough coal for the lot, with the result that some have to wait over. In the course of a few weeks, it is expected that there will be a supply large enough to meet all the demands.

p.5 Court Cases Concluded - ....The case of the Davis Dry Dock Company against Robert Ernest Clemson for $1,015.22, the price of two launches and work done for defendant was laid over until June 6th.



There was a very heavy gale off Oswego on Tuesday, and a number of vessels which set out were forced to go back for shelter.

The steamer Sowards, with Captain Max Shaw, was one of the number which set out, being loaded with coal for Kingston but was compelled to go back. The weather was somewhat better on Wednesday and Capt. Shaw started out, arriving in Kingston at midday. The Sowards had quite a time in the fog on Monday night, but managed to make the port of Oswego without mishap.

Incidents of the Day - Examination of the bottom of the steamer Wissahickon, in the Detroit dry dock, shows that the vessel while lying on Outer Duck Island, Lake Huron, received bottom damage extending all the way from the bow to the stern and that nearly all the bottom plates must be taken off. Repairs will cost $75,000.

Daily Standard, April 20, 1910


$75,000 DAMAGE.

Detroit, April 20th - Examination of the bottom of the steamer Wissahickon, in the Detroit dry dock shows that the vessel, while lying on Outer Duck Island Lake Huron, received bottom damage extending all the way from the bow to the stern and that nearly all the bottom plates must be taken off. Half of these must be replaced with new plates. Many frames also are broken or damaged and the boat is humped in the middle. Repairs will cost $75,000 or more, one of the most expensive repair bills on record.

p.2 Around the City - Circulars have been received at the local labor hall warning the local marine men against agents of shipowners trying to hire men for boats while the strike of the Great Lakes sailors is on.

General News Notes - The ferry steamer Bigelow, running between Brockville and Morristown, N.Y., which had been undergoing repairs at Ogdensburg for several days, returned to resume duty on the ferry route on Monday evening.


The Government steamer Scout was laying buoys in the harbor this morning.

The schr. Mary Ann Lydon arrived this morning from Oswego with coal for Anglin & Co.

The steamer Carleton cleared this morning for Fort William after being repaired.

The steamer Iona is at the Government dry dock waiting for inspection.

The steamer Sowards tried to clear for Oswego yesterday afternoon, but on account of the storm and big sea was prevented.

The schooner Keewatin arrived this morning from Oswego with coal for James Swift.

The steamer Aletha called on her regular down trip this morning.



Sault Ste. Marie, April 20th - The river at this point is centre of blockade of lake carriers, caused by the inability of the Canadian locks to take care of them as fast as they arrive. At noon today there was a fleet of over forty boats anchored below the canal and extending as far as Little Rapids Cut. There are also a few boats above the locks awaiting their turn. The United States dock officials are still doubtful about the time of opening their locks. They say it will be about the first week of May. From Saturday night at 6 o'clock till 8 o'clock last night about 150 boats have been locked up and down, and more are in the river awaiting their turn.

p.5 City Happenings - The Calvin Co. took advantage of the calm day to run their timber over to Garden Island. Almost every day they get large shipments of timber from Northern Ontario.

Steamers Collide at Soo.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., April 20th - The steamer Lake, of the Mutual Transit Company, is being repaired by the Algoma Steel Company as a result of a collision this morning at the head of the Canadian Canal. The Lake and Wind, of the same line, were entering from the head, when, through a mistake of signals, the Wind crashed into the stern of the Lake, staving the latter's fantails about four feet, twisting the rudder stock and damaging her steering gear. The Wind was undamaged.

Cruiser For Lakes.

Halifax, N.S., April 20th - The Government cruiser Canada will leave shortly for the Great Lakes. Capt. Knowlton will take her as far as Montreal, where he will transfer to the Simcoe and bring that steamer to Halifax.

Mr. Stewart, first officer of the Canada, who has been in England taking a special course of instructions, will take charge of the Canada.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Apr 1910