The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Apr 1911

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p.4 Must Have The Best - editorial - when building the final Welland Canal; consult with experts, use less locks, etc. [Toronto Globe]



On The Wrecked Steamer John Sharples

The schooner Ford River arrived in port, last night, after making a trip to the steamer John Sharples, on the Galloup Islands. The Ford River made the trip to get a cargo of corn off the wrecked steamer, but the wreckers in charge of the work refused to allow the corn to be taken off until the vessel is released, so the Ford River had to come back to Kington, minus the cargo.

When seen, today, by the Whig, Capt. Daryeau stated that the wreckers are confident that they will be able to pump the vessel out, and Mr. Baker, of Detroit, of the firm of Reid & Baker, is at present at the scene, looking after the work.

It is stated that there are thousands of tons of ice on the vessel. The main deck is clear, however. The great damage was done to the stern of the vessel, there being one hole estimated to be about twelve feet square. The aft cabin is also destroyed.

Several of the Montreal Transportation company's vessels got away, last night, and as they were pulling out, the harbor was made quite lively with the blowing of the whistles.

The steamer Glenmount cleared for Fort William, to load grain for Kingston.

The steamer Advance cleared for Hamilton, to load package freight for Fort William.

The tug Bartlett cleared with two barges, for Oswego, to load coal for R. Crawford.

The schooner St. Louis, recently purchased by Capt. Matthew Patterson, is expected from Charlotte, today, with a cargo of soft coal for R. Crawford.

The steamer Sowards cleared for Oswego, to load coal for Sowards.

The steamer Rosemount cleared, today, for Fort William, and will load wheat for Kingston.

The steamer Aletha will go on her regular run on Monday next.


At The Launching Of The Buena Vista

A large crowd of people gathered at the shipbuilding plant of Davis Dry Dock company, Wednesday afternoon, at the launching of the new boat, Buena Vista, which has been built by the Davis people for Mayor Foster, of Smith's Falls, to be used as a passenger boat between Kingston and Ottawa. The craft which was described in this paper, on Monday, is very neat in appearance and very beautiful in design. She was completely finished, even to the installing of the engine and boiler when launched

Three o'clock was the hour appointed for the christening to take place, and long before that hour hundreds had gathered in the yard of the company and on the roofs of adjoining buildings for the purpose of witnessing the event. The yard was very muddy so most people stood on lumber piles. At a few minutes after three o'clock Mayor Graham, with a few others, including Mayor Foster, and John Davis, ascended the raised platform at the bow of the boat, and Mayor Graham spoke to the people. He said it was a great pleasure for him to be present at that important event. He, with other residents of this city, had watched with interest the growth of the Davis business during the past few years, from the time when it was a small plant, only employing a few men, to the present large proportions of the industry, which employed a large force of skilled mechanics, who were kept going all the time to keep up with the rush of orders with which the company is always besienged. Not only had the company built boats of the type of the one which was to be launched, but they had turned out as fast motor boats as were on the St. Lawrence river. He congratulated the company on its progress, of the enterprising spirit which it had manifested on all occasions, and also congratulated Mayor Foster on becoming the owner of such a fine craft. He then called upon Mayor Foster, of Smith's Falls, to say a few words.

The new owner's speech was very short and to the point. He said he was well pleased with the way the Davis company had carried out their part of the contract. He assured those who were present that any time they should feel inclined to patronize the boat they would be treated with the kindest consideration.

This ended the speech making, and the attention of the throng was turned to the launching. The boat was built on a slide which sloped right down to the water, and, being well greased, it took the water like a fish. The boat was launched stern first, and the immersion was very gracefully done. The boat was christened by Miss Anna Keath, of Smith's Falls, sister-in-law of the owner.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Apr 1911