The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1911

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(available on microfilm at Kingston Frontenac Public Library, & Queen's University Stauffer Library)

Jan. 2, 1911

not published

Jan. 3, 1911

(year 78 no.1)


Jan. 4, 1911

p.1 Is A Commotion - U.S. Bureau of Naturalization refuses licenses for masters, mates, engineers or pilots of other than U.S. citizens.

p.5 Will Affect Mariners Here - a number of Kingston mariners serve on American vessels.

Jan. 5, 1911

p.1 Will Object - To the U.S. New Marine Policy

p.2 Capt. H.J. Johnston to sell steamer Nightingale, built at Clayton in 1891.



Mary Ann Lydon Damaged At Portsmouth.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon, owned and sailed by Captain William Patterson, was partially destroyed by fire, which broke out at an early hour on Thursday morning. The schooner was laid up near the long pier at Portsmouth.

The fire was discovered about two o'clock and Mayor Couper was asked to give the village assistance as it was thought that other places might catch fire as there was a very strong wind blowing at the time.

Assistant Chief Elmer and a number of men were sent out to the scene, with the fire engine and one hose waggon, and they rendered good service. The men were given the call to go out at 2:30 o'clock and it was 9:30 o'clock before the fire engine was back in the hall.

It was a terrible night for a run. It was very cold, snowing a little, and drifting a great deal. It was found that it would be impossible to get the engine out on wheels so the firemen were called upon to change to "runners" in quick order. Four horses were used to pull the steamer out, an extra team being secured at Bibby's livery at the request of one of the Portsmouth councillors. It was a long drive and rather slow work with the steamer in such drifts of snow, but they made it in good time.

When they arrived on the scene the fire was making quite a headway but in quick order the firemen had water playing on the flames. It appears that the fire started in the cabin but from some unknown cause. Work has been going on in the way of repairs on the vessel, and it was stated that there had been a fire in the cabin, but that this was extinguished when the men left yesterday. Just what the loss will be could not be ascertained this morning, but it is stated that the loss is partially covered by insurance.

The fire was confined to the stern so that with repairs the vessel can be put into shape for work again.

The Mary Ann Lydon is one of the best known vessels in port, having been used in carrying coal from Oswego and Charlotte for a great many years. She is a two-masted vessel, and before coming to Kingston sailed out of Cobourg. Thomas Fox ?, a well known marine man, was in charge. For several winters past the vessel had been laid up near the Grove Inn but this year Capt. Patterson made the change to Portsmouth.

Assistant Chief Elmer was in charge of the firemen. He had five men. William Fisher and Michael Kennedy were also on the scene and rendered the firemen valuable assistance. They both worked like Trojans and the firemen are grateful to them for the assistance they gave.

There were about three tons of coal on the vessel and when this caught it made it quite lively. The sails on the vessel, which had been stored away, were destroyed.

Luckily there were no vessels lying close by so as to catch from the flying sparks or the situation would have been far more serious.

The good work of the firemen saved the long pier from being destroyed. The firemen had terrible weather conditions to fight but made good.

It was a hard night for the fire engine and it was a very difficult matter to keep up steam and, as can be imagined, the work around the engine was not at all pleasant. It was very cold and when the firemen got back to the hall their coats were frozen on them. The engine was covered with ice.

Ice Two Inches Thick - Wolfe Islander still running.

Put On Canadian Register - The Kingston Shipbuilding Co., Kingston, has transferred its S.S. Prince Rupert from the British to the Canadian register. She was built at Dunbarton, Scotland, in 1908, and is screw driven, with engine of 170 n.h.p. Her dimensions are: length 249 ft., breadth 43 ft., depth 19.5 ft, tonnage 1908 gross, 1172 register.

Application Made - Application is being made to the Ontario legislature for confirmation of the city of Kingston's bylaw, passed March 28th, 1910, to partially exempt the Kingston Shipbuilding Co.'s property from taxation.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1911