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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1910

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Dominion Cruiser Vigilant Was Busy.


Lorain, O., May 6th - Defiantly lifting her nets until the Canadian vessel had circled about him, Captain Dave Popperwell, in command of the fishing tug Sprudel, owned by Roger and Warner, of this city, attempted to run away too late and was captured three miles over the international line off Cleveland, at 10:30 o'clock on Wednesday morning by the Canadian fishing cruiser Vigilant. The report of the capture was brought into this port last night by Captain Adam Wickel, of the tug George Edwards, also owned by Roger and Warner.

Captain Wickel saw the capture and tells the story of Captain Popperwell's defiance. "I can't understand why he did not escape," says Captain Wickel. "I saw the Vigilant when she was ten or twelve miles off. I suppose Popperwell saw her too. I saw him lifting his nets through the glasses and wondered at his coolness. He could have escaped if he had run when I saw the Vigilant."

With Captain Popperwell aboard the Sprudel were an engineer and four fishermen. All were taken aboard the Vigilant and a prize crew put aboard the tug. The Sprudel was built in 1891, is of wood, and is valued at $2,800.

It was Captain Popperwell who was in command of the fishing tug Gray Sam when that boat was run down and overturned by the Vigilant on June 5th, 1908, with a loss of two lives by drowning. Gilbert and Rosen, of Lorain, owned the Gray Sam.

The captain is a daring fisherman. He lifted his nets and then tried to run, but too late.

"The Vigilant came up and had circled around him before Captain Popperwell started," said Captain Wickel. "He had to surrender then. He could have escaped if he had not lifted his nets."

Latest News - The steamer Seguin, owned by J.B. Miller, Toronto, bound up with merchandise, ran aground this morning at the foot of Fighting Island, near Amherstburg, Ont. She is out about four feet aft. She will have to be lightered.



The sloop Laura D. cleared today for bay ports to load hay.

The schooner Kitchen will load stone at Howe Island for Cobourg.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon, from Oswego with coal for Crawford's.

The schooner Keewatin cleared today for Oswego after unloading coal at Swift's.

The steamer City of Montreal passed up today from Montreal to Duluth with freight.

The steambarge Mary Louise arrived from Rideau canal ports to load a general cargo.

The steamer Strathcona dischargd her cargo at Richardson's elevator, and cleared for the Welland canal.

The steamer Dundurn was at Swift's Thursday night with freight from Montreal and intermediate points.

The steamers Midland Queen, Corona and Arabian touched here on their way last night to Montreal, to take on a pilot.

The steamer Charley Marshall has arrived in port and will load grain at the Forwarders Co., Limited, elevator for Montreal.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: The tug Bartlett cleared for Montreal with three grain laden barges; the tug Emerson cleared light for Port Dalhousie.

The dredge Sir Richard, in tow of the tug Trudeau, accompanied by two scows, is at Brockville from Kingston, and for the next two or three weeks, Tunnel Bay will be the scene of operations, considerable dredging being required in that quarter.

The steamer Mary Louise, under Captain John Tuttle's able hand, has been about the busiest little boat on the river since the opening of navigation. She has been running from here to Morton, on the Rideau, carrying freight down and wood up. She unloaded wood here Monday, unloaded freight at Morton Wednesday and was back here Thursday night with a load of wood.

Daily Standard, May 6, 1910

p.2 Dredging at Brockville - Yesterday the Government dredge Sir Richard arrived at Brockville where for several weeks it will be employed in dredging Tunnel Bay. A shoal in the way of steamers approaching the C.P.R. wharf there will also be drilled and removed.

C.P.R. Dock At Brockville.

H.B. Spencer, of Ottawa, Divisional Superintendent of the C.P.R. and Mr. Jones, resident engineer, were in Brockville yesterday in connection with the completion of the C.P.R. dock and waterfront. The company will face the dock at the foot of Ferry Street for the town. Hereafter the C.P.R. will charge wharfage fees for landing at their dock. The company also proposes to make further local improvements and the town will have to get busy soon and clean up its new waterfront on the Block House Island point.



The steamer Strathcona cleared for Fort William this morning after discharging at Richardsons'.

The steamers Midland Queen and Arabian touched at Swift & Co. on their way down to Montreal.

The schr. (sic) Samuel Marshall is loading grain at the Cereal Works for Montreal.

The steamer City of Montreal passed down last evening on her way to Montreal.

M.T. Co.: The tugs Emerson and Bartlett arrived from Cornwall. The Bartlett cleared with three barges for Montreal. The Emerson clears tonight.

Swift & Co.: The str. Dundurn passed up on her way to Hamilton last night; the schr. (sic) Mary Louise arrived with wood this morning.

The steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa.

The str. Aletha arrived from Bay ports this morning, and will clear at 3 p.m. for Belleville.



Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., May 6th - While the steamer Schuck was anchored, awaiting its turn at the locks last night the wind drove the S.S. Tyrone against her bow, driving a hole in the port side of the Tyrone below the water line. The Tyrone's forward tank, No. 1, and forepeak, immediately filled with water, and she was taken to the pier, where the hole was plugged up by a diver.

The water was turned into the American locks in the afternoon, and as the Wietzel lock is not yet repaired from the damage done to the gates by the steamer Ellwood, last fall, the Poe lock will alone be used for a week or so. By that time it is thought the blockade can be broken. At present there are about one hundred and forty boats below and sixty boats above.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1910