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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1910

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What Can Be Done?

Fort William, Dec. 14th - Out on the spur of Canoe Rocks, at the extreme north of Isle Royale, lies the steamer Dunelm, with nose almost submerged and decks awash, a problem for the underwriters, to whom Captain Featherstonhaugh abandoned the vessel last night. Holds one, two and three are flooded, the lifeboat has been washed away, and nearly all the grain still in the vessel is saturated from the waters of the lake. Richardson & Sons own the cargo and the Inland Navigation company the steamer. There is a total loss of $200,000.

p.4 The Welland Canal - work shall continue next year - to deepen - discussed in House of Commons.

Work Suspended For Season - on construction of new Livingston channel in lower Detroit River



Was Burned To the Water's Edge.

"Steamer Ottawa was burned to the water's edge, during the night. Members of the crew escaped."

This was the startling news received by the Thousand Islands Steamboat company, early on Wednesday morning, in a message received from Cape Vincent, and it came as a bolt from the blue sky, to the company. No particulars were received about the fire, as to how it occurred. The steamer was on the Cape run as usual, on Tuesday.

The steamer Ottawa was the latest addition to the Folger fleet. The boat was secured on one of the upper lakes, and all last winter men were engaged working on her, putting her in shape for work among the islands, she having been secured for the purpose of taking the place of the steamer Islander, which was burned at Alexandria Bay a year ago last September. The Ottawa was looked upon as one of the finest boats of the fleet. A good deal of money had been expended in putting her in shape for the work, and marine men regarded her as a very fine vessel for the Cape Vincent run. All summer the vessel ran out of Alexandria Bay, and when the steamer America was brought to Kingston to be laid up for the season, on November 1st, the Ottawa took her place on the cape route.

The steamer Ottawa had a crew of seven on board. Capt. Hudson was in command, with Capt. Robert Carnegie, James Gillie, chief engineer, a Clayton man, as fireman, and John Henry and Michael Egan, also of Clayton, as deck hands. There was also a lady cook.

As soon as word was received of the accident, the steamer Pierrepont, always regarded as the "old reliable" was put into shape, to go on the Cape Vincent route.

While the blow is quite a heavy one for the company, there is truth in the old saying that it might have been worse, as had the fire occurred while the heavy summer traffic was on, it would certainly have been a much harder blow for the company.

The steamer Ottawa was built in 1884 at Sandusky, Mich. She was 110 feet long, 20 feet beam, and drew between seven and eight feet of water. Last winter she was rebuilt in Kingston, receiving a new hull, new boiler and having electric plant installed. She was a first class steamer, so M.R. Davis, Canadian hull inspector, reports. Her gross tonnage was ninety-four and net tonnage sixty-four. She was of Cape Vincent register, and was valued at $20,000. H.S. Folger, president of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, the owners, says the Ottawa was insured.

Originated In Coal Bunkers

A special despatch to the Whig from Cape Vincent says: "The steamer Ottawa, of the Folger line, was burned to the water's edge at the wharf, here, this morning. The cook, the only person up at the time, discovered the fire shortly before seven o'clock and gave the alarm. At that time the vessel was a mass of flames below, and, although the village fire department responded at once, the fire had gained such headway that nothing could be done to check it. The crew were all saved. It is thought the boat will be a total loss. The fire is supposed to have originated in the coal bunkers. The Booth Fisheries company's office and warehouse, standing near, also caught fire, but the flames were extinguished with small loss.


Steamer Hinckley In Port.

The steamer Hinckley arrived at Richardson's elevator, today, with 3,000 bushels of corn, off the steamer John Sharples. The cargo was unloaded this afternoon. The crew reported the weather to be very rough on the lake yesterday.

The steam-barge Navajo went over to Wolfe Island, today, to load pressed hay for Kingston.

Capt. Wilson, of the steamer Seguin, left at noon, today, for his home in Collingwood.

The Day's Episodes - The steamer City of Ottawa, at Swift's wharf for some time past, went into the dry dock this morning, to undergo some repairs, such as painting and caulking.

p.7 To Launch Big Steamer - There will be launched at the yards of the Collingwood Shipbuilding company, limited, Collingwood, on Saturday, the largest ship that has ever been built in Canada, and, in fact, in the British colonies.

This boat is 525 feet in length, 56 feet beam and 31 feet moulded depth, is a steel bulk freight steamer with side ballast tanks and double bottom; is constructed on the arch and web frame system, and has thirty cargo hatches. The vessel with her engines, boilers, machinery, fittings and equipment was designed and built by this company for the Inland Lines, Limited. She will be christened the Princess.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1910