The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1910

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p.1 Death of a Diver - Windsor, Sept. 8th - Following an illness of four months, John G. Woods, 51 years old, one of the best known submarine divers on the great lakes, is dead at the family home. He followed the occupation of diver on the great lakes for twenty years.

p.4 News of the World - At Buffalo, a libel has been filed against the owners of the steamer Norseman, by J.U. Karr, of the barge Donaldson, damaged to the extent of about $12,000, on August 27th, when the Donaldson grounded on the rocks a short distance from Tonawanda, due, it is alleged, to the unskilful navigation of the steamer Norseman.



According to marine men, the securing of help for the vessels, has been quite a difficult proposition this season.

This trouble has been experienced more by the captains on the smaller vessels. Quite a few men who have been at this work, for some reason, have given it up, and there has been a great demand for men all summer. Some of the captains have had more than their share of trouble in this respect.

"Just this week I engaged a number of men to go on my vessel," said one captain, to the Whig, yesterday, "but when the time came for them to ship they gave me the slip."

"What was the reason for their breaking out?" the captain was asked.

"I cannot say," was the captain's reply, "unless the men have become tired of work of any kind. There are some men we could not secure, if we paid them double the regular salary they have been receiving."

"Good help has been very hard to get," he added. "Some men make one or two trips, and then they are gone. This makes it very hard, especially when you have a rush on."

The passenger boats have also had a great deal of trouble in securing help. Just now, when it is late in the season, the problem of securing the necessary help becomes very hard, as there are a great many who do not wish to sail when the fine weather is over. In the language of the mariner, they are merely "fair weather sailors."

One fact, which goes to explain the scarcity of help on the passenger boats, is that many of the young men on the boats are students, and when September comes around, they have to leave, to take up their studies again.

Marine cooks are always in great demand. Good cooks are not found every day, and the average person cannot begin to realize the trouble some captains have in securing them.

The output of stone from this port, this season, has been very heavy, that is, from Howe Island and the penitentiary. The stone taken from Howe Island has been shipped to Cobourg, and that from the penitentiary has been discharged at Toronto. Cobourg is using the stone for a new pier which is being erected there.

The shipment of feldspar to Sodus and Charlotte has also been quite heavy.

Movement of Vessels.

The government boat Reserve was in port again today.

The schooner Major Ferry arrived at the penitentiary with coal from Charlotte.

The steamer Neepawah cleared for Oswego to load coal for Sault Ste. Marie.

The steamer Wasaga has re-entered the government dry-dock for some necessary repairs.

The steamer Saskatoon passed up, on her way to Belleville, to load cement for Fort William.

The steamer Sherman cleared for Charlotte after discharging coal at the Kingston & Pembroke railway wharf.

The steamer Senator Derbyshire is out of the government dry-dock after having some repairs done, and is now loading grain at the Forwarders' elevator for Montreal.

The steamer Kinmount loaded grain at Fort William, and is on the way to the M.T. Co.'s elevator. Several other vessels are now on the way up to Fort William to load grain.

Swift & Co.'s wharf: steamers Toronto and Aletha down and up; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa, last evening, and cleared for Ottawa this morning; steamer Arabian due to pass up tonight.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1910