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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Sep 1910

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To Lengthen the Alberta.

Collingwood, Sept. 23rd - The Collingwood Shipbuilding company has closed a contract with the Canadian Pacific railway to lengthen the lake steamer Alberta during the ensuing winter. The steamer will have forty-two feet added, making her over three hundred feet over all. The work will be commenced immediately after the last trip of the season, and the contract calls for completion in time to permit the steamer going into commission upon the opening of navigation next spring. The change involves an expenditure of between $50,000 and $60,000. Last winter these yards lengthened the steamer Athabasca, of the same line, some thirty-eight feet.



Dundurn Off And Brought To This City.

The steamer Dundurn, which ran aground, near Alexandria Bay, has been released, and is on her way to Kingston. The extent of her damage is not known. The steamer Dunellum (sic - Dunelm) arrived from the scene during the night, having assisted in pulling the vessel off. The Dunellum went over to Howe Island, to load hay, and will afterwards clear for Toronto and Hamilton.

Some mariners were at the Grand last night, and they were very anxious for particulars of the Dundurn.

"What damage did the Dundurn suffer," they asked of Ita.

"The vessel was damaged more than the cargo," was the reply. The vessel will be pulled off with very little difficulty.

The first thing this morning, the mariners received the welcome news, that the steamer had been released, and that she was on her way to this city.

The passengers on the steamer Dundurn were yesterday transferred to the steamer City of Hamilton.

Released Friday Morning.

The Dunellum came up under her own steam, on Friday morning, and arrived at Swift's wharf shortly after ten o'clock. The Donnelly Wrecking company did good work, and succeeded in getting the vessel off at 3:30 o'clock, Friday morning. About 150 tons of freight and fifty tons of coal were taken off here, and after a very hard pull by the steamer Donnelly, assisted by the steamer Dunellum, she was pulled off safely. She escaped damage, and it was stated that she would leave for Toronto this afternoon.

Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer Kenora passed up on Thursday night.

The steamer Glenellah passed on her way down.

The tug Bronson, of the M.T. Co., arrived from Montreal, with two light barges.

The schooner Major Ferry arrived at the waterwork's wharf, with coal from Charlotte.

The steamer Edmonton cleared for Belleville to load cement for Fort William.

The steamer Stormount cleared for Cleveland to load coal for Fort William.

The steamer Haddington passed down on her way to Montreal last night.

The steambarge Waterlily was at Folger's wharf, today, with freight from Montreal.

The sloop Maggie L. arrived at Richardson's elevator, with grain from bay ports.

The schooner Merrill, loading feldspar at Richardson's elevator cleared for Sodus today.

It is expected that the steamer Rosemound will be out of the Kingston dry dock by Monday.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived light, from Charlotte, and is laid up at the Grove Inn.

The steamer Wanderer is expected up from Clayton in a few days, and will undergo some minor repairs.

The steambarge Sowards arrived from Charlotte, with coal for Sowards wharf, and Garden Island.

The steamer Alexandria has completed her trips to Quebec, this season, running only as far as Montreal.

The sloop Laura D. unloaded grain at Richardson's elevator and then proceeded to Wolfe Island to load hay, which will be transferred to the steamer Glenellum, for the west.

Swift & Co.'s wharf: steamer Kenora passed up last night; Beaverton up today; Britannic up today; Dunellum passed up, this morning, on her way to load hay at Garden Island and Portsmouth, for Fort William; City of Hamilton due to pass up today.



One of Kingston's best known marine men was called away on Friday morning when

Captain J.A. McDonald passed to the everlasting rest at his residence, 159 Montreal street, after a lingering illness. He has been ailing since last March, but appeared bright and cheerful up till a couple of months ago when he took to his bed. Paralysis and old age were the cause of his demise.

The late J.A. McDondald was born in East Hawkesbury, on February 23rd, 1836. He spent his boyhood days under the parental roof and at an early age conceived a liking for the sea. When twenty years of age he commenced his career on the rolling deep. He started on the steamer Traveller in 1856 and by steady application and persistent effort he steadily rose in the service of the company until 1866, or ten years after he started, he was made commander of the Ottawa. He served in this capacity for two years and then went on the steamer Eclipse and captained her for a year. Between 1871 and 1876 he was master of the steamer Wren. From 1877-88 he was master of the tug McArthur in the service of the Collins Bay Rafting Co. In 1889 he was master of the steamer Rival in the service of the same company. From 1890 until 1902 he commanded the steamer Petrel and from 1903 up till his recent illness he was in the service of the Canadian lake lines as pilot.

Captain "Archie," as he was familiarly known has finished a career that any man should feel proud to look back on, in fact it is the privilege of few men to have a life to look back on and say that they have never made an enemy. During the years that he followed the sea Captain McDonald won the respect of every mariner that he came in contact with. One, who was in close contact with him for a number of years, has this to say of him: "During the time which it has been my privilege to know him I have always known him to have a good word to say of every one. Never by word, look or action did he ever harm any one to my knowledge. He was of a genial, sunny disposition and as a constant companion he was all that could be desired." He was high spirited, possessed a great deal of tact, yet was of a retiring nature. He was one of the first chartered members of the Lake Seamen's Club, and, during the long period in which he was connected with it, he was the most popular man in it. He steered clear of political life and never took any active part in politics except to vote for the man whom he thought best to fill the position. He retained his vitality well, being as active up till six months ago as he ever was.

Deceased was a Roman Catholic in religion and the funeral will take place Sunday.

He leaves to mourn his loss, as a kind and devoted father, three sons and four daughters, Mrs. A. McNally, Westport; Mrs. J.J. Murray, Kingston, Misses Agnes and Loretta, at home, J.A., Captain M.A. and Daniel all of this city.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Sep 1910