The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Oct 1910

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[Oswego Palladium]

An official of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company announces that the steamer Rochester will remain on her same route next year. The passenger business for the season just closed exceeded the expectations of the owners of the new boat and it is said that another boat may be built, larger than either the Toronto or Kingston, and that one of the latter may be taken to the St. Lawrence river division.

An effort should be made by the people of this city to get the Rochester to stop at this port next season. The absence of a passenger steamer from Oswego to the St. Lawrence river was keenly felt.

The Rochester is in winter quarters at Ogdensburg, where she will be repainted.



Several vessels are loading grain at Fort William for Kingston. The steamer Acadian is looked for at the M.T. company's elevator on Friday, and the steamer Canadian is due to arrive on Saturday. Other vessels loading are the steamers Westmount and barge Ungava, Algonquin, Stormount, Glenmount and Advance.

According to the report received here, Tuesday was one of the busiest days in the shipping trade at Fort William. Every elevator in the harbor was running full blast and employees were called upon for extra duty. The loading of grain on vessels bound for Kingston was responsible for part of the rush.

In one day fourteen vessels received cargoes of wheat and cleared with a total of 1,750,000 bushels. In addition to this there was a steamer, the Peavey, which loaded 8,000 tons of screenings, which is equal to 240,000 bushels in space.

While the Canadian vessels were all very busy, American vessels are also taking a share in the trade, and are going in and out of Fort William in bunches. Many of the owners have taken their boats off the lake service, and have gone into the grain trade, trusting that the rates will take an advance.

Grain men look for a brisk movement, from now until the close of navigation. During the last few days the rate has increased a quarter of a cent for Buffalo cargoes and one-half a cent for Montreal. This is due to the fact that there has been a slight advance in the demand for export grain.

The tug Emerson, of the M.T. Co., will arrive from Montreal tonight with three light barges.

The schooner Ford River arrived from Charlotte with coal for the water works' wharf.

The barge St. Louis cleared for Oswego, and will load coal for Cobourg.

The tug Chieftain brought the barge Burmah down from Deseronto today, to go into winter quarters at Garden Island.

The steamer Simla is due here tonight, from Fort William, with grain. She is billed through to Montreal, but may have to unload here, as there is a congestion of grain at the metropolis at present.

Swift's wharf: steamers City of Hamilton, down today; City of Ottawa, due up tonight; Rideau King cleared for Westport this morning, on the last trip of the season; Aletha from bay ports.

The steamer Dundurn laid at the Kingston dry dock over night. She started to go down the river last night, but owing to the rough weather was forced to put in at the dry dock slip until this morning.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon cleared for Charlotte with a cargo of feldspar.

The steamer Sowards cleared for Oswego.


Yachts In Trouble.

The yachts Temeraire, owned by the late Major Bruce Carruthers, the Isis, owned by Hansard Hora, and the Chiriya, owned by Dalton Bros., while moored in the yacht club slip broke away from the wharf sometime early this morning. The Temeraire was fastened by three lines and managed to break two the bow line holding fast. She was anchored. The Isis broke her lines, bumped into the Chiriya, and pounded a hole in her hull from constant wearing against the other boat. The Chiriya was not damaged to any extent. None of the boats got away from the slip.


Owing to the rough weather, the steamer America did not arrive from Cape Vincent until 2:15 o'clock this afternoon. The captain reported a very heavy sea, and this was verified by the number of sick passengers. Freight was put on board as speedily as possible for the return trip.

All the vessels around the harbor were given a good shaking up. Several vessels which intended clearing, had to stay in port. The steamer Neepawah was at anchor a few miles up the lake, all night, there being such a heavy gale.

The barge St. Louis cleared for Oswego early this morning, but got into the gale, a short distance out, and had to stay at anchor. The yawl boat broke away, and at last accounts, was over near Point Frederick, badly smashed up.

Steamer's Sensational Trip.

The course of the steamer Wolfe Islander, across the angry harbor, this afternoon, was watched by many people, who feared for the little ferry boat; but the islanders' craft came safely into port on the city side, after some sensational stunts. The waves were rolling high, and the wind was of the hurricane type. A small yawl, which had broken away from its moorings, drifted down the harbor to the bridge.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Oct 1910