The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1910

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p.3 Gananoque, Oct. 24th - The big freighter Kenora, in on Friday, took a large consignment of shovels from the D.F. Jones company and bolts from the Dominion Bolt & Nut company, billed for Fort William. The steambarge Navajo, unloading coal here, cleared on Friday, cleared for Oswego.

The coal schooner Briton has finished unloading her cargo and will be sent up to the dry-dock in Kingston for repairs.



Belleville Met Mishap Below Alexandria Bay.

The steamer Belleville, of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company, ran on a shoal late Saturday night close to the Sisters Islands in the vicinity of Alexandria Bay. She was runninng full speed, and was making good time when she struck. It was on account of the fact that the night was so dark that she went on the shoal. The blackness was so intense that the lights could not be distinguished along the shore, consequently she ran off her course. She struck hard and fast near the stern. A call was sent to the Calvin company, and it quickly despatched a tug to her assistance. She had considerable cargo on at the time and most of this was moved forward to lighten the stern. The tug arrived at the scene of distress somewhere about midnight, and worked until Sunday noon before she was liberated. She came on up to Kingston under her own steam. In spite of the fact that she ran on hard, but very little damage was done. The only damage was a few loose bolts on the rudder.

The Belleville is one of the most seaworthy boats on the lakes today, and but for this fact she would have been damaged to some extent. The crew are at a loss to understand how she came off so luckily. The shoal she ran on is an exceedingly rocky one, and it was a miracle that she was able to proceed on her way unassisted.

Movement of Vessels.

The government boat Scout was in port over Sunday.

The steambarge Westport cleared for Rideau canal ports with freight.

The steamer Missisquoi made a trip to Kingston on Saturday from Gananoque.

The tug Cardinal and barge were in port over Sunday on the way to Charlotte.

The steambarge Waterlily passed down on her way to Brockville Saturday.

The steambarge Mary Louise, loaded with freight, cleared on Saturday for Rideau canal ports.

The steamer Midland Queen passed down, on Saturday morning, loaded with grain from Fort William.

A large number of vessels, tied up on Saturday on account of the storm, were able to clear on Monday.

The steamer Renvoyle unloaded her cargo of wheat at Richardons' elevator, and cleared for the upper lakes.

The tug Edmund and barge Columbia loaded with lumber arrived from Bedford Mills, on the way to Ogdensburg.

The gas buoy in the middle ground at Nine Mile Point went out on Saturday night. The steamer Scout is replacing it.

The steambarge John Randall cleared from Richardsons' elevator with grain for Washburn. The barge Valencia also loaded grain at this elevator for Montreal.

Marine men state that there is talk of some of the Canadian and American vessels being laid up, owing to lack of trade. There is no great demand for grain, just at the present time.

M.T. Co.'s elevator:

The steamer Renvoyle

Swift's wharf:

The barge P.B. Locke, while discharging a cargo of coal at the malt house wharf, Saturday, had quite an exciting experience. A terrible sea was running, so high that the waves washed right over her rail. It was with difficulty that she was kept right side up. While being wrenched around in this fashion, she sprung a leak. The pumps were set to work keeping her free of water, and had to be kept going all day Sunday. On Monday morning she was brought to the Kingston drydock and will remain there for repairs. At the time the vessel sprung the leak, she had about half her cargo still on board and this made it difficult to keep her righted.

p.8 Episodes - Last night the steambarge Mary Louise went aground below Belle Island. The wheel chain broke, causing the accident. The tug Frontenac, of the Calvin company, is at work releasing her. The Mary Louise is owned by Capt. John Tuttle.

The schooner St. Louis will be out of Davis' dry dock tomorrow.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1910