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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1910

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Welland Canal Record.

Ogdensburg, June 15th - Captain John Powers of this city, master of the steamer Averill, of the Rutland fleet, has beaten all former records for a trip through the Welland canal. The full twenty-five miles, through twenty five locks, was made in seven and one half hours. This is the quickest trip on record. The boat was on its way from Chicago to Ogdensburg.


Alexandria Bay, N.Y., June 15th - The new steamer Irene H., owned by A.R. Peacock, who spends his summers here at Belle Isle opposite this resort, came into port, having made the long trip around the coast and through the Gulf of St. Lawrence successfully. No rough weather was experienced during the trip and she arrived on nearly the time stated when she left New York.

The yacht is of fine workmanship, built at the Jacob's shipyards on Long Island and designed by William Gardner. She is 122 feet over all, 115 feet on the water line, with seventeen foot beam and a draught of six feet. The hull is built of steel and has four water tight bulkheads. The machinery is placed amidships, while the crew quarters are forward and the apartments for the owner and guests is in the after part of the ship. The engine is a 500 horse power triple expansion three cylinder and there are two water tube boilers installed. Under forced draft speed she will make eighteen miles an hour.

The boat is lighted throughout with electricity, the dynamo and storage batteries having a capacity of 175-16 C.P. lamps. She is also equipped with a fourteen inch 5,000 C.P. searchlight. The decks are of clear white pine, while the deck houses, companion ways, skylights, etc., are constructed of mahogany. The deck fittings and railings are of bronze. The gross tonnage of the boat is 135 and the net tonnage is ninety-three. She made the trip around the coast under the command of Capt. Robert Carnegie and Manager L.D. McWilliams.

p.5 Gananoque, June 15th - The coal schooner Britton cleared light for Oswego today.


The steamer Rosedale passed up on Tuesday.

The steamer Kingston passed down and up today.

The steamer Missisquoi was up from Gananoque on Tuesday.

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

The steamer Aletha made a regular run from bay points today.

The steamer Ames passed on her way west, on Tuesday afternoon.

The sloop Maggie L. arrived from bay ports with grain for Richardsons' elevator.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon, loaded with stone, at Howe Island, cleared for Cobourg.

The schooner Ford River, loaded with feldspar, will clear for Charlotte tonight.

The steamer Salaberry carried the soldiers from Picton and Adolphustown to Kingston.

The steamer Maud, one of the Norwegian vessels, loaded with coal, on her way from Cleveland to Montreal, ran aground near Brockville, and was released by the Calvin company. The steambarge Navajo lightered her cargo.

The steamer Glenmount cleared from Fort William on Tuesday night, with grain, for the Montreal Transportation company. The steamers Canadian and Westmount, and the barge Ungava, are loading at Fort William for the Montreal Transportation company.

Daily Standard, June 15, 1910



M.T. Co. - tug Emerson cleared today with two grain laden barges for Montreal. She will return from Brockville with the Quebec and Melbourne for Port Dalhousie. The steamers Westmount, Ungava and Canadian are expected this week from Fort William.

The str. Westmount cleared today from Fort William for the M.T. Co., with grain.

Swift & Co.'s arrivals - str. Kingston down and up; str. Dundurn westbound and str. Belleville down tonight. Rideau King from Ottawa, Aletha from bay ports, and schr. Keewatin from Oswego with coal.

The str. Ames touched here on her way from Montreal to Fort William with coal.

Schr. Mary Ann Lydon cleared from the stone quarry for Cobourg.

Schr. Ford River cleared today for Charlotte for feldspar.

At Richardsons - schr. Maggie L. from bay ports with wheat and oats; schr. Julia B. Merrill is loading feldspar.


The Thousand Island Steamboat Co. commence their summer schedule next Sunday. The steamyacht Ramona leaves in a day or two for Clayton, where she will commence her daily excursions through the Islands. The following are her officers for the year, Captain, Eli Charlebois; engineer, Fred O'Brien, and purser Carl Bertram.

The steamer St. Lawrence will likely leave tomorrow for Clayton. She will make daily trips to Ogdensburg. The following will be her officers, who are expected from the Cape today: Captain, Chas. Kendell; first officer, W. McCoy; chief engineer, Barney Farrell; second engineer, Jas. Noble; steward, G.L. Ford; purser, Albert Morehouse; assistant purser, Chas. Calder.

p.2 Commenced Regular Trips - The steamer Riverside commenced her regular trips of the season from Ogdensburg to Alexandria Bay yesterday.

Steamer Repaired - The steamer Britannic, which met with an accident last Thursday, has been repaired, and has resumed her regular trips.



We wonder how much of the Hon. Mr. Pugsley's talk about Toronto as a lake port was "guff" and how much was serious. The Toronto people have evidently taken the matter seriously as they are talking of spending large sums of money in harbor improvements.

There was a time, in the sixties and seventies, when Toronto harbor was crowded with shipping, but that was when the lumber trade north of Toronto was in the hey-day of its prosperity. Then, scores of sailing vessels plied between Toronto and Oswego laden with lumber. Now all the lumber has been cleaned up, the trade has practically ended and it can never be revived.

Toronto can not expect to see the large ocean going steamships in her harbor until the St. Lawrence canals are enlarged and the River St. Lawrence made navigable for deep draught vessels from Prescott to Kingston. She may get some of the smaller ocean freight steamers, but even that is doubtful, as the trip through the canals and up the river St. Lawrence takes days, where freight can be sent by train from Montreal in a few hours. Moreover, a large ocean vessel is worth too much and her space is too valuable to be devoted to mere canal traffic. As to the large lake freighters, Toronto can not hope for those until the Welland Canal is enlarged; and even then, she will not get the large grain-carrying freighters, as they can come on to Kingston, and tranship the grain to barges at less cost than it would take to put the grain into elevators at Toronto and send by railroad through to Montreal. It will be seen from this that Toronto is handicapped, as she is neither at the foot of the Great Lakes route nor at the head of the St. Lawrence. She is "betwixt and between" as the Scotchman says.

However, these considerations should not deter the Toronto people from attempting to make a good harbor for the shipping that may go to that port. While Toronto is not well situated as a terminal for either "through" lake or ocean freight, the local trade is such as to necessitatea good harbor.



Application Made To Erect Stations on Great Lakes.

Ottawa, June 15th - An application has been made by the United Wireless Telegraph Company of the United States for a license to erect wireless telegraphic stations on the Great Lakes.

The application is now being considered by the Marine Department.

There is, however, a serious difficulty in the way of allowing this or any other American company to erect stations in Canada. It arises from the fact that the United States failed to agree to the terms of the convention made at the Wireless Telegraph Conference held in Berlin.

By this convention it was agreed that the different stations of the various countries should communicate with one another. This the American, as well as the Italian companies decline to do and until a different policy is adopted American companies are not likely to be given the right to erect stations in the navigable waters of the Dominion.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1910