The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Mar 1911

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p.1 Big Floating Drydock - With the aid of the expected subsidy of seven hundred thousand dollars from the Dominion government the Polson Iron Works will build immediately a floating dry-dock to accommodate the biggest vessels on the lakes. The construction will require 500 men.

p.2 Go To Collins Bay - Ontario Exploration Syndicate tired of waiting on city council; to make shipments of iron ore from Collins Bay.

p.5 Crew of Speedy Arrived - The entire crew of the government boat Speedy arrived in the city, on Tuesday, and will get the vessel ready for the work of the season. The Speedy will be the first boat to get out and work as soon as navigation opens, having to look after the buoys, etc.

p.7 Are After Laurels - new speedboats on river.

March 23, 1911

p.2 Capt. T.J. Murphy Appointed - Capt. T.J. Murphy, of Kingston, has been re-appointed by the Merchant's Mutual Line of Toronto, to pilot their large steamers the coming season between Kingston and Montreal. Capt. Murphy is considered one of the best pilots on the river. He has been handling these large steamers on the river for a number of years, and has never had an accident.

Longshoremen's Meeting - to hold elections.

p.5 On The Lakes 48 Years - At Cape Vincent, Capt. and Mrs. P.L. Millen, of Romeo, Mich., are visiting friends and relatives. Capt. Millen is master of one of the largest propellers on the upper lakes and has not spent a summer ashore in forty eight years. He moved from here twenty-six years ago.

p.8 He Alleges Ruin - Buffalo, March 23rd - George W. Maytham, formerly one of the principal tug owners of the Great Lakes, at the enquiry here, swore that he had been financially ruined through the operations of the Great Lakes Towing Company, which the government is seeking to dissolve on the grounds that it is a combination in restraint of trade.

The Maytham family, father and sons, were in business from 1868 up to 1901, when they sold out to the Great Lakes company. Following alleged violations of the conditions of the sale, Maytham and others again entered the tug business, but Maytham asserted they were again forced to sell out to the Great Lakes company at a heavy loss. A line of boats that cost $230,000, Maytham swore, was taken over by the Great Lakes company for $60,000 in cash and stock, which afterwards brought $50,000.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Mar 1911