The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Apr 1911

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Ford River Left For John Sharples Again.

On Wednesday, the schooner Ford River made a trip to the steamer John Sharples, wrecked off the Galloup Islands, to secure a cargo of corn off the steamer, but the men having the wrecking job in charge, refused to allow the corn be taken off until the vessel is released.

Today, the Ford River again cleared for the scene of the wreck, and upon arrival, will demand that they be given a cargo. If the request is refused, there is liable to be trouble. The cargo of corn was consigned to James Richardson & Sons, Kingston, and that firm consider they are well within their rights in making the request for the corn, which they need.

Messrs. Reid & Baker, of Detroit, have charge of the wrecking job.

The government boat Speedy is in port again. She will be working in this district for some time.

Messrs. W.J. Douglass and H.B. Mills, of the Thousand Islands Steamboat company, have returned from Clayton.

The steamer New Island Wanderer is now on her regular route out of Clayton and is doing a good business.

The steamer Sowards is in port, from Oswego, with coal for Sowards, making her second trip of the season.

The steamer Devonshire cleared from Oswego for Toronto with coal, but when three miles out in the lake the shaft broke about three feet from the wheel. The tug Tonawanda went to the rescue and towed the steamer back to port for repairs.

Sunday service between Cape Vincent and Kingston and Clayton and Alexandria Bay will commence Sunday, April 30th.

The steamer Bickerdike left her moorings at Swift's wharf yesterday and went to the Kingston Drydock, where she is undergoing repairs. She will clear for Fort William Saturday to load her first cargo.

The steamer City of Ottawa is still in the hands of the fitters, and she will clear sometime during the first part of next week to load her first cargo.

In just ten more days navigation on the Rideau canal will be once more in full swing. On Friday the 28th the water will be let into the canal and on the first day of May the first boat will leave Montreal for Ottawa. The depth of the water at the foot of the canal is now 12 feet 11 inches, and is going down at the rate of four inches a day. It will rise again when the north waters commence to flow which event will commence almost any day now, providing the weather keeps warm. Last year at the end of March the water in the Ottawa River was as high as it is today.

p.6 In Labor Circles - Thomas H. Fleming has been agent for sailors' union for six years (+ photograph)

Hull Removed - W.J. Gales, who undertook to remove the old pinflats in the lower harbor for the city council, completed the contract this morning, by towing it out with the tug Frontenac, of the Calvin company.


Oswego, April 21st - While directing wrecking operations on the stranded steamer Sharples at Galloup Island yesterday, Captain H.W. Baker of Detroit narrowly escaped death by being struck by a whistle pipe on the wrecked steamer.

Captain Baker was helping to remove the pipe, which weighed three hundred pounds. It dropped, hitting him in the back, and knocking him to the deck. He appeared to be seriously injured and was brought to Oswego on the steamer McCormick.

p.9 Deseronto Navigation - Navigation seems to have a start. This week the bay is open and the schooner Horace Taber (Capt. Frank Barnhardt, owner) sailed on Wednesday for Oswego. The steamer Reindeer is being rebuilt at the shipyard. Captain John Gowan has made extensive improvements to his schooner, Theodore Voges, and has installed a new heating engine.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Apr 1911