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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Oct 1910

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p.1 Gananoque, Oct. 4th - ....The coal schooner Horace Taber cleared light for Oswego on Sunday. The big steel freighter Arabian was in port on Sunday evening and took on a large consignment of shovels from from the D.F. Jones company, billed for Fort William, also a large shipment of goods from the Parmenter & Bulloch company.


New Steamer for Rideau.

Capt. A. Foster, of Smith's Falls, has given a contract to the Davis Dry Dock company, of this city, for the construction of a wooden steamer, 100 feet long and 19 feet beam, to run on the Rideau between Smith's Falls and Kingston. The steamer will cost in the vicinity of $12,000. It will be for day runs, and will contain but four staterooms. Both passengers and freight will be carried. Capt. Foster thinks that the route will be a very profitable one. He has had success with other boats, and expects to build up a good traffic between the Falls and this city. The new steamer is to be ready for traffic next summer.



For Any Work at the Steamer Phoenix.

The report received in the city today states that the weather is so rough at South Bay Point, that it is impossible to do any work on the steamer Phoenix, sunk at that point. The schooner Julia B. Merrill, which was sent over as a lighter, has returned to Kingston. The steamer Donnelly is still at the scene, however, and will make a start as soon as possible. All Monday night, there was a heavy gale at the scene, and while this lasts it will be impossible to do anything.

It is stated that the steamer is in a very dangerous condition, and there is danger of her breaking up, as she is exposed so as to get the full force of the gale. She is on the rocks, about six miles west of South Bay Point.

Has Had Bad Luck.

Mariners were stating, yesterday, that the steamer Phoenix, which went aground, had been having rather bad luck this season, having been in two or three other mishaps this season. However, it is the same in marine work as in some other lines, "it never rains but it pours." Saturday's storm was a bad one to be out in, and marine men who were in shelter had a lot to be thankful for.

Started In Early.

Hicks said that the month of October would be a very stormy one, and Saturday's storm would go to show that it started in very early, as it was the first of the month. Mariners are now wondering how the rest of the month will turn out. As a rule, Hicks hits it very well, and some more severe gales can be looked for during the rest of the marine season.

Marine Paragraphs.

Swift's wharf: steamers Aletha down and up yesterday; Rideau King cleared for Portland this morning.

The steambarge Westport arrived from Cape Vincent after unloading lumber and cleared for the Rideau canal.

The steamer Alexandria was at Folger's wharf, Monday night, on her way to Montreal. She had a big cargo of apples and cheese.

Several of the schooners engaged in carrying coal into this port are laid up as a result of the high wind. Last night's windstorm was a severe one.

The barge Sherman, whose tow line broke and set her adrift from the steamer Phoenix, on Lake Ontario, Saturday, arrived in Cape Vincent on Monday, in tow of the tug Cardinal, which picked her up near the Galloup Islands. The crew is safe.

On Tuesday morning the harbor master, William McCammon, received a telegram from marine headquarters at Ottawa, stating that it had been reported that the Niagara shoal gas buoy had been reported missing. He will make enquiries from marine men.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Emerson, light, from Port Dalhousie, cleared with barges Hamilton and Augustus, to load coal at Lake Erie; tug Bronson cleared light for the Cornwall canal, and will return with four light barges; tug Thomson, from Montreal, three light barges.

So far the prospects for much boat building in the smaller lines here during the coming winter do not seem very bright, although there is a probability that a couple of vessels may be constructed. The Kingston Shipbuilding company looks forward to securing a couple additional contracts for steel vessels.

p.7 The Toronto shipyards have been taken over by the John Inglis Co., and will be operated in connection with their engine works.

p.8 The steamer Arabian passed up on Tuesday afternoon.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Oct 1910