The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Nov 1910

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To James McKellar, Who Is Leaving Kingston

A farewell banquet was given to James McKellar, late superintendent of the Kingston Shipbuilding company, limited, in one of the banqueting rooms in the Frontenac Club building, Wednesday night, by the Kingston directors of the company. H.A. Calvin, vice-president, John McKelvey and W.J. Fair. Mr. Calvin occupied the chair, and on his right was the guest of the evening, Mr. McKellar, supported on his left by Hon. William Harty. After the toast to the king was given by Mr. Calvin, W.J. Fair was asked to propose the toast, "Our Guest, Mr. McKellar." He said the task imposed on him was a very pleasant one indeed, because of the happy relationship that existed between Mr. McKellar and the directors during the former's short stay in the city. A Scotchman like Mr. McKellar, coming to this country with genius and ability to manage an industry, which was only in its infancy here, was certainly a great benefit to the entire country as well as the company who so fortunately secured a man as superintendent of Mr. McKellar's experience. The brevity of his presence had not made it impossible to see and know something of Mr. McKellar's great worth as a shipbuilder. His training of fourteen years on the River Clyde, where the largest ships in the world are constructed, stood by him when called upon to establish a plant on the government dry dock property, which is considered to be as complete, both for repair and new work, as there is at present operating in the country, and it was the opinion of those who should know, only the beginning to far greater things, providing the government proceeds with the deepening of the Welland canal. Mr. Fair expressed regret on behalf of the directors and himself of the necessity of Mr. McKellar being called away to another sphere, but most gracefully, though reluctantly bowed to the wishes of the executive, with the hope that in saying goodbye to Mr. McKellar it would not be long before they would be honored with a visit from the man who had done so much to place the new company upon such a sure foundation. Mr. Fair said that wherever Mr. McKellar goes the good wishes of all he knew would follow him, and those who are fortunate to make his acquaintance in the future will find a reliable, honest man and good citizen.

Mr. McKellar, replying, thanked the directors for the honor shown him in such an unexpected manner. He considered it a very great honor indeed to have men like Hon. William Harty, Mr. Calvin and other gentlemen pay such a high tribute to his worth and usefulness, but he could assure them that he had always done his best, and that even his best was only an earnest of what he was anxious to achieve.

"I regret exceedingly my short stay in your beautiful city," said Mr. McKellar, "and that my ambition to assist in establishing a successful shipbuilding company in Kingston has been temporarily disturbed. In all my shipbuilding experience I know of no place better suited than Kingston to take care of marine requirements which must necessarily grow in the near future." He hoped that circumstances would permit him to visit the city frequently, and renew the friendship he had made from time to time. Mr. McKellar was convinced that Kingston had an ideal port, and predicted that with the enlarging of the Welland canal another Buffalo would be established at the mouth of the St. Lawrence.

John McKelvey proposed a toast to the new superintendent, W.S. Jackson. Mr. McKelvey was pleased to be connected with one more of Kingston's live industries, and predicted a great future for the new shipbuilding concern. As an ex-mayor and citizen, he said, it would be a pleasure to do his part in the establishing, and furthering the best interests in the launching of any new enterprise. More particularly was he anxious, however, about the success of the new shipbuilding company because of the great future in store for any concern properly equipped to take care of the increasing marine interests in this country, more so if the government carried out the scheme of deepening the canals generally. He was sure that a man of Mr. Jackson's reputation would make a success of the undertaking, and now that the company was so successfully established it remained for Mr. Jackson to carry out the work Mr. McKellar and his colleagues had started. On behalf of the citizens of Kingston, he extended to Mr. Jackson a very hearty welcome. He had no doubt that the longer he was here and the more he increased acquaintance, the more attached he would become to the city.

Mr. Jackson replied in very suitable terms, and pledged the very best at his command to satisfy the directors of the company, and hoped to see the most sanguine expectations of the executive and the city of Kingston realized.

Mr. Harty, in proposing the health of the directors, expressed his regret at Mr. McKellar's departure. From what he had seen in the lay-out of the dry dock company's plant he was satisfied that the directors had the right man in the right place. He found Mr. McKellar an exceptionally good neighbour, and always felt satisfied that if the acquaintanceship became of longer standing prevailing good feeling would increase and be mutually advantageous. In the name of the citizens of Kingston he thought he could assume the liberty, as their representative, of welcoming Mr. Jackson as Mr. McKellar's successor. He was sure he felt justified in stating that the citizens of Kingston would receive Mr. Jackson with the same good will and kindly feeling extended to Mr. McKellar. He would undertake to pledge the people of this good old city as being both ready and willing to aid Mr. Jackson in every possible way in making a success of the business of his company. The speaker proceeded, in his usual optimistic strain, as to the future of Canada, its increase and development with which we must all grow if we only have industry, application and faith in the future. In concluding his remarks Mr. Harty asked those present to join him in drinking the health of the directors of the Kingston Shipbuilding company, all of whom he had known for so many years that he was afraid to mention the number. He assured the new manager that he would find the local directors keen, active business men of the highest integrity and commercial standing, and whose influence was wide spread in the community and the country at large.

The three directors present replied to the toast of Mr. Harty. Mr. Calvin stated that this was a most opportune time to predict a great future for the institution with which he was glad to be connected. He regretted that the president and the other directors were unable to be present. He dwelt on the possibilities of the great lakes traffic, and the advantages that would accrue to Kingston if the St. Lawrence route were popularized. Mr. Calvin said he was always glad to foster and assist in the establishment of new industries for Kingston, and he hoped that the Limestone City was on the eve of much better things in the way of manufacturing establishments and transportation facilities and improvements. He stated that the new superintendent, Mr. Jackson, came here with a splendid record behind him and he would pledge his efforts to assist him in his undertakings.



According to the information given in the meteorological service weather map for October, November is the month when more heavy gales usually occur on the lakes, than at other times during the season of navigation. Already this month the mariners have good reason to believe this, as there have been a number of severe gales.

In these autumn storms on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, the wind in most cases commences at the southeast, works through south to west, and north-west, the time of the hardest blow generally being when the barometer begins to rise as the wind gets around to the west. On Lake Huron, and the Georgian Bay, the wind, though for the most part, changing as on the lower lakes, not infrequently changes with great suddenness, chopping after a lull, from south-east to north-west, and blowing hardest as a rule, from north-west, with snow squalls.

The records go to show that many severe gales are experienced in November, in the St. Lawrence Valley, the gulf and maritime provinces, and past experience has shown that the meteorological service can, in most cases, give timely warning of the approach of these disastrous autumnal storms, whether occurring on the lakes or elsewhere, and mariners will do well to be guided by the daily bulletin as well as to watch daily for the display of storm signals.

Out In A Snow Storm.

This is the time of the year when marine work is not all sunshine. In the fine weather it is all right, but in the fall, when there is so much bad weather, it requires some nerve to stay with the game. For the past week or so, there has been rain, hail and snow, on both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and trying to guide a boat out in a blinding snow storm is no easy work.

"We were in a blinding snow storm coming across the lake the other evening," remarked a captain to the Whig this morning. "Luckily, however, it only lasted about half an hour, but there was some class to it while it lasted."

Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer Neepawah passed up, on Wednesday.

Steamer H.S. Pickands is at the locomotive works with coal from Erie.

Swift's wharf: steamer Belleville due to pass up this morning; steamer Dundurn due up this morning.

The steamer F.D. Phelps arrived from Cape Vincent, and will go on the foundry dock for repairs.

The government steamer Scout arrived in port this morning. The vessel has been working in this district.

The steamer Prince Rupert arrived from Fort William, and is discharging a cargo of 75,000 bushels of wheat at Richardson's elevator.

After next week's trip to Montreal the steamer Britannic will be laid up for the winter at Cornwall. This week's trip to Kingston will be her last of the season.

Steamer Aletha is in the Davis dry dock, having repairs made to her stern. Steamer Brockville will take her place until she is able to be in commission again.

Steambarge Juno was only in the Kingston dry dock yesterday. It was found that the damage done to her, when she ran ashore near Deseronto, was very light.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Saskatoon finished discharging her cargo of wheat, and cleared light for Fort William; tug Mary P. Hall cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; tug Bartlett cleared at 10 a.m. from Oswego with barge Kingston, coal-laden for Kingston, will clear with barges Ungava and Quebec for the Welland canal; steamer Stormount will arrive during the afternoon.



The steamer Rosedale, which ran aground near Farran's Point, was released by the steamer Chieftain on Wednesday noon. The steamer luckily suffered no damage and was able to go on her way to Montreal. She was laden with flour and this was transferred to the lighter, and afterwards put back. The steamer Chieftain, of the Calvin Wrecking company, did some fine work on the job. The Chieftain is now on her way back to Garden Island.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Nov 1910