The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jun 1910

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The Montreal Herald says R.A. McLelland, managing director of Forwarders' Limited, was in the city completing arrangements with Captain Hackett, Quebec, for the leasing of a string of barges to be operated by Forwarders' Limited between Kingston and Montreal. The new company, organized about a year ago, is rapidly getting into shape for the handling of grain from Kingston to Montreal. They are to operate the lake freighter Port Colborne, which they had constructed in England last summer and with an elevator with a capacity of 500,000 bushels in operation at the head of the St. Lawrence river they will probably become a factor in the carriage of western grain down the river.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Kingston passed down and up today.

The steamer Dunellum (sic - Dunelm) passed on her way west on Thursday afternoon.

The schooner Major Ferry arrived from Oswego with coal for Sowards.

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

The tug Emerson arrived from Montreal with the barges Selkirk and Augustus.

A big staff of men were busily engaged unloading coal barges at the M.T. Co.'s wharf, today.

The steamer Mapleton arrived from Fort William with grain for the M.T. company and Richardsons'.

The steamer Prince Rupert went over to Garden Island for some slight repairs. She will clear for Cleveland to load coal for Fort William.

The steamer Sowards cleared for Oswego. The genial captain, Max Shaw, who has been ill for a few weeks, was able to take charge of the vessel again.

The steamer Saskatoon, which was in port on Thursday afternoon, is a new steamer for the Merchants' Mutual line, of Toronto, and was much admired by marine men.

Capt. Charlebois and crew of the Thousand Island Steamboat company's yacht, Ramona, have arrived from Clayton, and are busy putting the finishing touches on the handsome yacht.

Capt. Jerall, of the steamer North King, has arrived in the city, to take charge of the vessel. The North King will make her first trip about June 24th.

The steamer Mapleton, unloading grain at the Montreal Transportation company's elevator and Richardsons', cleared, Friday afternoon, for Toronto, and will load package freight there, for Fort William.



The summer of 1818 was memorable in lake annals as marking the advent of the first steamboat on Lake Erie. This was the Walk-in-the-Water, named after the chief of the Wyandotte Indians, a truly remarkable craft in the day. Leaving Buffalo August 23rd, 1818, on its maiden voyage, the Walk-in-the-Water was hauled through the rapids at Black Rock by sixteen yoke of oxen, its engines being insufficient to propel it against the strong current. Once out in the lake, however, everything progressed favorably. Leaving Buffalo at 1:30 on the day mentioned the steamer arrived at Dunkirk at 6:35. The next morning it reached Erie, the captain having run at slow speed so as not to pass that port. The steamer was a wood burner, and after taking on a fresh stock of fuel left for Cleveland, at 7:30 p.m., reaching the latter port at 11 a.m. the following day. Sailing from Cleveland at 6:20 the same evening, the Walk-in-the-Water arrived off Sandusky Bay at 1 p.m. Wednesday, laying at anchor during the night, and then proceeded to Venice, where another supply of wood was taken aboard. From here it sailed at 3 p.m. and arrived at the mouth of the Detroit River, where it anchored over night, reaching the dock at the foot of Bates street shortly before noon on the 27th. The actual running time this trip was a trifle more than forty-four hours, and the historians of the time recorded with much satisfaction that in spite of a head wind being encountered most of the way the machinery worked admirably and not the slightest accident happened.

p.7 Newboro, June 8th - ....Work will be commenced this week getting out the hemlock slabs in the wharves at Fisher's Landing, near Bedford Mills, recently purchased by the Ogdensburg Soda Pulp company. The slabs will be sawed into four foot lengths and shipped to Ogdensburg. The steambarge Kenirving has been engaged to do the hauling. About twenty-five men will be employed during the summer.....

Daily Standard, June 10, 1910



The steamer Mapleton arrived from Fort William with grain for James Richardson & Son's and the M.T. Co. She had 37,000 bushels of barley and 29,500 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Company.

The steamer Prince Rupert cleared for Garden Island, where she took on provisions, after which she cleared for Fort William.

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

Capt. Mack Shaw has recovered from his attack of rheumatism and was able to take command of the steamer Sowards, which cleared for Oswego to load coal for R. Crawford.

The new steamer Saskatoon, which is quite an addition to the Merchant Marine Line of Toronto, passed down yesterday evening from Fort William to Montreal with grain.

M.T. Co. - The tug Emerson with the barges Selkirk and Augusta light from Montreal, was the only arrival from the river.

The coal gang are busy unloading barges at the M.T. Co. for P. Walsh.

Swift & Co.'s arrivals - str. Kingston down and up; Corona and Dunedin west; Britannic from Montreal, and Aletha from bay ports.

The schooner Keewatin is expected today from Oswego with coal for Swift's.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jun 1910