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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Nov 1910

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After coaling at Swift's wharf, yesterday, the steamer Belleville went into the Kingston dry-dock to ascertain the damage done to her when she ran aground near Deseronto last week. After the dock was drained and investigations were made it was found that the damage was more than at first thought. She struck on the right side of the hull about in the middle of the boat. Three or four plates were stove in her and ten frames were rendered useless. She struck hard, and, but for the fact that the pumps were kept working day and night, she would not have been able to make Kingston. It will take some time to repair her as a great number of rivets will have to be cut. If the plates were the only things damaged the work of repairing the hull would not be so difficult, but as it is the frames will all have to be removed. This will mean that she will probably be laid up for the remainder of the season. Work is being rushed as fast as possible on her, the men working until far into the night. The Belleville has been unfortunate this fall. About a month ago she ran aground near the Three Sisters Islands in a fog, and was on for a day and a night. She was released and put into the dry dock but the damage was slight, only a couple of plates being bent.

Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer Scout was in port again today.

The steamer McKinstry passed down on Thursday morning.

The steamer Rosedale passed up on Thursday morning.

The tug Emerson, of the M.T. Co., arrived from Montreal with two barges and cleared for Oswego with the barge Hamilton, to load coal.

The steamer Dundee arrived from Fort William, and is discharging a cargo of oats at Richardson's elevator. The cargo will be placed in the barge Burmah, from Garden Island, and will clear for Montreal.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rosedale called on her way up and discharged considerable freight; steamer Dundurn due to pass up today; steamer City of Montreal called on her way down this morning; steamer Aletha down and up today.

Collector Bump Died Suddenly - Deputy Customs Collector Duane Bump, in charge of the Charlotte office; "....He was well known to vesselmen, and once ran across Capt. Simmons, of the schooner Acacia for floating the Union Jack in Charlotte harbor on July 4th."



The marine season is fast drawing to a close. The marine insurance will expire on December 1st, and after that time, there will be very few steamers on the lake. Some may have their insurance extended for a few trips, but the time the insurance runs out, it generally means that the majority of the vessels will be laid up.

There are several grain boats in Montreal, at the present time, but it was stated today that they would not go up to Fort William for another cargo, as time would not permit. They will be laid up for the winter at Montreal.

"It's no snap out on the lake, this kind of weather," remarked a captain to the Whig today. "This is the time of the year it is far better to be on land. In the fall of the year, the weather is so changeable that it is very risky to make some of the trips."

Quite a few of the coal schooners are being laid up, and the remainder are about to make their last trip of the season. From now on, things will be rather slack in marine circles.



Sault Ste. Marie, Nov. 16th - John and Alexander Purvis, two of the men who have been under trial at Gore Bay for the plundering of the wreck of the Anchor liner Wissahickon of freight to the value of $20,000, as she lay on the Outer Duck Island, off the south coast of Manitoulin, last winter, were found guilty and sentenced to five years each. William Bain and Kenny McDonald were acquitted, and Fred Beniteau was let go on suspended sentence.

The Purvis brothers in addition to theft, were charged with disposing of the stolen goods. John Purvis was lighthouse keeper at the point near where the wreck occurred.

p.10 Engineer Seriously Burned - Lansdowne, Nov. 16th - ....George Randall, chief engineer on the government dredge, at Fiddler's Elbow, was seriously burned about the face and arms last week, when the acetylene gas plant exploded. Fortunately his eyes were escaped injury and he succeeded in turning on the water and extinguishing the fire before much damage was done. He will be laid up for a considerable time.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Nov 1910