The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1910

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p.1 Freight Falling Off - Cleveland, Sept. 15th - Business generally in marine lines is showing a big decrease, and owners are beginning to feel the effect of the falling off. Ore shipments are slowing up, and the September movement will show a loss of more than half a million tons compared with last month. There are more vessels on the market now than can be placed for both ore and coal.



Early this morning, while en route to Montreal with grain, the steamer Rosemount, of the M.T. Co., went ashore near the Three Sisters Islands, 3 miles below Alexandria Bay. A telephone message was sent to Kingston of the Rosemount's plight, and the tug Thomson was despatched to release her. No wrecking outfit was taken down, as the steamer is only slightly on, and it was expected that the tug would be able to pull her off.

p.3 Gananoque, Sept. 15th - ...The coal schooner Horace Taber finished unloading her cargo yesterday and will clear for Oswego. The government supply boat Scout was in port again last evening.



The Steamer Kingston Had A Mishap in Lake.

The steamer Kingston, of the R. & O. line, broke her main shaft when about twenty miles up the lake, last evening, on her way to Charlotte and had to be towed back to the city by the tug Majestic. The shaft got heated and it is supposed some defect in the material caused the break. The passengers and baggage were brought here and were to be transferred to the steamer Toronto on her up trip.

While the boat is in port she is being washed and painted. She will be towed to Toronto, where a new shaft will be installed. Passengers on the boat seemed to enjoy the stop over here as it gave them a chance to view the scenery. Those who have autos took them off the boat and toured around the city.

The story from one of the crew is as follows: "We were running along about seventeen miles an hour and were about ten miles from the port of Kingston when the accident happened about six o'clock. The main shaft had become heated and as it heated it expanded. The expansion caused the shaft to stick and the result was the shaft had to give way. The accident was not marked by any special feature. The lake was very smooth and this accounts for no further damage being done, for had a heavy sea been running we might have drifted to shore or struck a shoal. The passengers took things very quietly as there was nothing to fear. The ship drifted for about half an hour and then they sighted a steambarge coming in the distance. Four whistles were given as a signal of distress and the barge hove to and came alongside. She proved to be the Majestic and offered to tow the disabled ship back to port. From 6:30 o'clock last evening until six o'clock this morning, the tug worked to bring the huge ship back to port. The Kingston will be towed to Toronto this afternoon or tomorrow morning, and will be laid up for the remainder of the season. It was the original intention to lay up the Toronto for the rest of the season, but as her twin sister has been laid up she will take her place. The accident will be a big loss to the company as the machinery is ponderous and very expensive.

Marine Paragraphs.

The barge P.B. Locke is at the locomotive works' dock with coal.

Steamer Turret Chief is at Forwarders' with oats from Fort William.

The steamer Kingston will continue in commission until October 3rd.

The steambarge Kenirving cleared for Washburn to load brick for Ottawa.

The steamer Jeska, loaded with coal, passed on her way to Smith's Falls.

The schooner Merrill arrived at Richardsons' wharf and will probably load feldspar.

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

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto and Aletha down and up today; steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa this morning.

It is given out that the R. & O. steamer Rapids King will be placed on the route between Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton next year.

The steamer John Rolph arrived from Erie, Pa., with coal for R. Crawford. The steamer Sowards, from Fairhaven, is also unloading coal at this wharf.

M.T. Co.: The steamer Advance will arrive tonight, on her way from Montreal to Toronto, Hamilton and Fort William, with package freight; the steamer Iroquois will arrive, tonight, from Fort William, with 143,000 bushels of oats; tug Bronson, from Montreal, with three light barges.

The steamer Rochester, of the Richelieu & Ontario fleet, went out of commission for the season on Tuesday and the crew are now engaged in laying the vessel up at Ogdensburg for the winter. The common council has given the owners permission to berth the boat at the city dock at the foot of State street from November 1st to May 1st of next year. Charles Kreig, the chef of the steamer, will leave the latter part of the week for his home in Germany.

p.8 Wolfe Island, Sept. 14th - ...The general opinion is that the township council acted wisely in again renewing the lease for Cumming's dock as a landing place for the ferry, for ten years, at fifty dollars a year, the township to keep it in repair.

Schooner Burned.

Belleville, Sept. 15th - While lying at anchor off the Grand Junction dock here last night the schooner Suffolk (sic), owned by A.M. Gilbert, of this city, took fire and burned to the water's edge. The schooner was in commission but light. No cause for the fire is known. The loss will probably be $5,000. The owner and crew were ashore when the fire broke out. (should be W.J. Suffel that burned - ed.)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1910