The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Apr 1911

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p.2 Capt. Foster, Smith's Falls, is compelled to change the name of his new passenger steamer from Ventura to Buena Vista, because another steamer of that name is already registered in the British empire, and flies the British flag.

p.4 picture of Polana ready to be launched at Kingston Shipbuilding Co.



"She's in fine condition, came through the winter with very little damage as far as we could see," says Capt. H.W. Baker of Detroit, who has just returned from inspecting the wreck of the steamer John Sharples, on Galloup Island, Lake Ontario. With Capt. Baker were Capt. Cyrus Sinclair, representing the underwriters, and Capt. James Reid, Sarnia, who with Capt. Baker, took the contract from the underwriters, last winter, to release the Sharples, for $20,000 on the 'no cure, no pay' basis. The wreckers took the contract, without making an inspection of the wrecked vessel's condition.

Capt. Baker plans to return to the Sharples this week to begin the work of releasing the vessel. It has not been decided whether Capt. Reid will accompany him, or go to Eagle River, Lake Superior, to resume work on the 600 foot steel freighter W.C. Moreland, which has been lying on Sawtooth Reef since early in October last year.

The recovery of the Sharples will be a comparatively easy matter, Capt. Baker believes, after her cargo is pumped out and patches placed on any holes there may be in her hull. He feels confident that when the steam pumps are set working, the Sharples will speedily float off the rocks.

"There is a large hole in the starboard quarter, extending nearly to her bulkhead," says Capt. Baker. "It looks as if the sea had broken away her rudder and the quadrant had caught and turned out the quarter. Except for this hole there was no damage that we could see. We had no diver and didn't look at her bottom, but from her decks, she seemed in first class condition."

"Ice is piled up very high on the wreck. Around her spar it must be thirty feet high. Going from Oswego to the wreck, we went through about a half mile of ice, but it seems to be breaking up fast.

The cargo is all there, except 10,000 or 12,000 bushels that were taken off last winter. The cargo was in the ice all winter and has suffered little damage. Apparently very little of it has swelled much."

The Welland Canal will be opened on April 17th. The work of surveying for the new canal is in progress. The new locks will be thirty feet deep, the channel twenty-five feet. The latter can easily be deepened when required.

Capt. R.H. Carnegie, of the steamer America, has entered the general hospital to undergo an operation.

The ice is still holding out, but with the warm weather, will only last a few days.

p.8 It Was Poaching - fishing tug Eagle, of Lorrain, Ohio, captured in Canadian waters; government patrol boat cruiser Vigilant not ready yet, so tug McCarthy was used.

Reported For Duty - The crew of the schooner Ford River reported for duty today. The schooner has been undergoing extensive repairs, and will now be put in readiness for the work of the season.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Apr 1911