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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1910

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Fort William, Dec. 8th - With one hundred and five thousand bushels of wheat and a large shipment of flour on board, the steamer Dunelm is on the rocks near Isle Royale in imminent danger of breaking up. She left here, bound for Goderich, yesterday morning, and at midnight a wireless message was received, stating that she was in trouble. Several tugs have gone to her assistance, but were unable to reach her, owing to the heavy seas. Unless the weather moderates, great fears are entertained for the safety of the vessel. The Dunelm is owned by the Inland Navigation company, of Hamilton, and is commanded by Capt. Alvinston.

In A Dangerous Position.

Port Arthur, Dec. 8th - There being no communication it is impossible to say whether the tugs of the Canadian Towing and Wrecking company have been able to commence work on the steamer Dunelm, stranded at Blake's Point, Isle Royal, and it is also not known how bad a situation she is in. Blake's Point is in a position to be exposed to sea from three directions. The steamer and cargo are in danger of total loss. She is valued at $250,000.

The cargo of grain is owned by Richardson & Sons, of this city. The Whig, today, informed the firm of the accident, it not having been notified up to that time.



Tenders will be received up to and including Friday, December 16th, 1910, for the Material and Labor in connection with the lengthening of and building false sides on Steamer 'Wolfe Islander' also a complete Electric Lighting Plant to be installed on board.

Specifications may be seen on board in hands of the Captain, William Fawcett, Esq., Reeve, or at the office of the Steamboat Hull Inspector, Market Square, either of whom will go over the steamer and impart the required information to intending bidders.

The lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted.


Wm. Fawcett, Reeve.



These are "moving days" with the marine men. Boats are being laid up, crews are being paid off, and captains, mates, deckhands and sailors are making for home. One thing about the mariners, they are all able to get home for the Christmas holidays. And they are glad to get home, too.

As a rule, a marine man sees very little of his home, all through the summer, and up till late in the fall. Vessels, just like trains, are out to make the time to get in every trip they can. It is in the fast trips the money is made. There is no money in a trip that has many delays and accidents. Therefore, it pays to keep on the move.

The work of putting the vessels into winter quarters at Kingston has started in earnest. Every available space is taken up around the harbor, and in the slips for the vessels. In fact, many more vessels would be laid up here if only the necessary space could be secured.

This is the time of the year, that work comes very heavy, at the drydocks. There is work on some of the vessels which must be done before they are put away, and on other vessels there is work which has been allowed to stand over until the steamer would be laid up, as this would be a good time to have it done.

The average person has no idea of the amount of work which has to be put on a vessel. In the fall of the year, when the vessel is to be laid up there is a vast amount of work simply in stripping her, to say nothing about the repair work. Then in the spring, there is far more work. The vessel has to be hauled out and made to look spic and span, and in order that she may look neat, there must be a great deal of work. A vessel is just like a house to keep clean, and any good housewife will tell you that in order to keep a house clean, you must be continually at work.

Marine Paragraphs.

Capt. Luke Mallen, of the tug Bartlett, has returned to Cornwall.

The government boat Scout is at work in this district. She was in port this morning.

Capt. Smith is here looking after the steamer Jeska, which is being laid up below the bridge.

The members of the crew of the government boat Speedy have returned to their different homes.

The steamer Prince Rupert is still at Richardson's elevator, but is not yet unloaded. The steamer Seguin is expected from Fort William and she will be unloaded first.

Capt. George Hammond has had the steamer Stranger, which was on the Kingston-Gananoque run a year ago last summer, taken to the Kingston foundry, and the little steamer will undergo extensive repairs. Between $1,200 and $1,400 will be expended on the vessel, and she will be put in fine condition for river traffic next summer. She will have new boilers, and almost a new outfit entirely. The Stranger will run out of Belleville next summer, but will also run to Kingston.

The steamer India, of the Calvin fleet, is in the drydock to have her propeller fixed. She went into the dock last night, but owing to the cold weather the water could not all be drained off on account of the fact that the blocks were frozen and would not slide. Some of the water was left in the dock all night in order to float the boat until morning. After a great deal of work and bother the blocks were induced to slide and the boat settled on the blocks this morning.

The cold weather such as has been experienced for the past few days, has made it very uncomfortable for the men working on the new boat at the Kingston dry dock and they were indeed glad to see the modification this morning. The men working down in the dock do not mind the cold weather as they are sheltered, but those working up in the air get the full benefit of the breezes of the lake. The work is proceeding with all possible haste on the new boat as the builders wish to get her finished before the extremely cold weather sets in. The frames are all in place now and the bulkheads are being put in place. Of course when there is a boat in the dock some of the men are taken off the new boat and put to repairing the other one.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1910