The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 May 1910

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p.2 The barge Iowa is at Richardson's elevator loading grain for Montreal.


On Sunday morning at 10:45 o'clock, the firemen were called to the Kingston & Pembroke railway round house, where the old M.T. company barge Cleveland was on fire. The barge was anchored away out from the shore and was burning quite freely. The firemen went out in a couple of small boats and subdued the flames. About three o'clock on the afternoon the fire broke out again and it was decided by the firemen and the company to leave a couple of men on watch and let the old hulk burn away. Two men were left on watch all night and were relieved this morning. The old barge was of no value and had been out of commission for years.



The schooner Major Ferry is at Soward's unloading coal from Oswego.

The schooner Julia B. Merrill arrived at Soward's with coal for Anglin's.

The steamer Keywest was at the government dry-dock on Saturday night on her way across the lake.

The steamer Cardinal and barge arrived at the dry-dock on the way to Sodus to load coal for Cardinal.

The steamer Fairmount and barge Quebec, grain-laden, from Fort William, will reach the M.T. Co.'s elevator on Tuesday morning.

The new steamer Saskatoon, to be used in the grain trade on the upper lakes, called at the dry-dock on Sunday on her trip up.

Swift's: steamer Regina up Sunday; steamer Bickerdike up today; steamer Dundurn down Sunday; schooner W.J. Suffel from Sodus with soft coal.

The barge Zotebec ?, of the Quebec Transportation line, aground at Four Mile Point, was released by the Donnelly Wrecking company, and is now at the government dry-dock. The barge was not damaged and the coal which was placed in the barge Grantham was put back in the Zotebec, and the latter will clear for Montreal, towed by the tug Florence.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: The steamer Wasaga arrived from Fort William with 48,000 bushels of wheat, and cleared for Belleville to load cement for Fort William; steamer Kinmount cleared light for Fort William; steamer Glenmount cleared for Belleville to load cement for Fort William; steamer Stormount cleared for Oswego to load coal for Fort William; steamer Rosemount and barge Hamilton arrived from Fort William with 140,000 bushels of wheat, cleared light for Lake Erie ports to load coal for Montreal, with the barge Valencia, also in tow, to load coal.

p.8 Rideau Traffic Delayed - Traffic on the Rideau canal will be delayed for a few days by a washout in the dam at Hog's Back. The water has undermined the road, so that it caved in and the water is rushing through to the river below, but little danger is anticipated now.

Daily Standard, May 16, 1910



The fire brigade received a call yesterday morning at 10:45 o'clock to the marine graveyard below the bridge, where the derelict Cleveland was blazing merrily. The firemen subdued the blaze about three o'clock, but were again called to the scene about 6. Chief Armstrong communicated with Mayor Couper and Capt. Fraser, who agreed to let the fire burn out. Two firemen watched the fire all night.

The cause of the fire is unknown. It started in the derelict Chicago and spread to the Cleveland. There was no value attached to either boat.



Kingston is lacking in good dockage facilities. It has no public dock, so that if a government boat seeks to land at Kingston, it has to tie up at a private wharf. The City Council and the Board of Trade are to be commended for their action in trying to secure from the government the water lot extending between Brock and Clarence streets, from the shore, out to and including the Martello Tower. The water between these limits is in no place deeper than eight feet, and most of it is from four to six feet in depth, so that it would be a comparatively cheap and easy matter to build a magnificent public dock for the accommodation of shipping and as a promenade for the citizens. The filling in could easily be done from our street scrapings and the city refuse.

The joint deputation sent to Ottawa for the purpose of requesting the government to give this lot to the city were most cordially received by the Minister; and it is expected that the assent of the government will be obtained. The building of the dock will of course in no way injure the railroads that have running rights along the harbor front; indeed, it ought to be of great benefit to the Kingston and Pembroke Railway to have this dock built, as it will bring passengers, during the summer season, to the very doors of their passenger station.

The necessity for a public dock can not be better shown than by a case which recently occurred at Toronto of which the Globe writes as follows:

A Norwegian steamer has been trying to deliver a cargo of pig iron in Toronto, and the experience of the captain has disclosed the lamentable absence of docking and freight-handling facilities in the harbor, and has emphasized the exasperating fact that private individuals may charge arriving vessel owners what they please for the privilege of unloading. There is no law compelling wharf-owners to allow any vessel to unload a heavy cargo on payment of prescribed fees, so a strange vessel may be charged any sum for bringing goods to this city. Some local shipping interests seem adverse to Toronto being made a real port, because the free arrival and departure of freight and passenger vessels for all ports on the lakes would break up a few petty monopolistic interests. The great railway interests are naturally averse to the development of Toronto's shipping. These influences, coupled with general public indifference, have brought about a situation under which a few men are allowed to levy what they please on vessel-owners bringing goods to this city.

Kingston, if the Council acts promptly, can prevent any such unfortunate condition as now exists in Toronto. We must have a public dock.



The schooner Merrill arrived yesterday with coal from Oswego for S. Anglin & Co.

The steambarge Jeska arrived yesterday from Smith's Falls and will be hauled out on the Kingston Foundry ways.

The schooner Major Ferry is at Jas. Sowards' with coal from Oswego.

The barge Iowa loaded oats and wheat at Jas. Richardsons' for Montreal.

The new steamer Saskatoon, for J.W. Norcross & Co., Toronto, which was recently built in the Old Country, touched on her way up the lake yesterday.

The tug Frontenac has cleared for Lachine to help the M.T. Co.'s tug Mary which is aground.

The steamer Prince Rupert has cleared for Cleveland to load coal for Owen Sound.

The steamers Keyport and Keywest called earlier at the dry dock on their way west yesterday.

The steamer Cardinal and barge coaled at Booth & Co.'s on their way to Sackett's Harbor.

Swift & Co.'s arrivals: City of Hamilton and Dundurn, Sunday. Str. Belleville Saturday night. They cleared Sunday for Montreal. STr. Bickerdike yesterday.

The schooner Suffel is expected today from Sodus Point.

The steamer Regina passed up today with 100 tons of iron ore.

The dredge Sir Richard has concluded its work at Brockville, clearing the waterfront of shoals, and has gone to "Fiddler's Elbow" where similar operations are being carried on. Paul Whitney, government engineer, is at present in Brockville, examining the water-front, which contains several dangerous shoals.

The barge Zabotic (sic - Zapotec ?) which ran on the shoal at Snake Island, on Friday, was released yesterday. She is at the dry dock having part of her cargo taken off on the schooner Grantham shipped back. She will clear for Quebec. She was not injured.

M.T. Co. Arrivals - Steamers Kinmount with 130,000 bushels of oats from Fort William; Glenmount with 74,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William; Wausaga (sic - Wasaga ?) with 48,000 bushels of wheat and oats from Fort William, and Rosemount and barge Hamilton, with 140,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William which was transhipped into barges; tug Hall from Montreal with three light barges; tug Thomson from Montreal with three light barges; tug Emerson from Charlotte with barge Melrose, coal laden. Cleared - The str. Rosemount and consorts Hamilton and Valencia for Lake Erie ports to load coal for Montreal; str. Kinmount for Fort William to load grain; steamer Glenmount for Belleville to load cement for Fort William; steamer Wasaga for Belleville to load cement for Fort William; steamer Stormount for Oswego to load coal for Port Arthur; tug Jessie Hall light for Cornwall; tug Thomson for Montreal with three barges, grain-laden; tug Emerson for Montreal with four barges grain laden and tug Bartlett for Montreal with five barges, grain laden.

p.8 Will Delay Traffic - on Rideau Canal by washout in dam at Hog's Back.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 May 1910