The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1911

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Heavy Fog On The Lake Last Night

There was a very heavy fog on the lake and river, all night, and this made navigation very difficult.

The steamer Fairmount started out from the M.T. company's elevator this morning, at 5:30 o'clock, but after passing Macdonald Park, the fog became so thick that the vessel was forced to drop anchor. The vessel was noticed and there was a rumor around the city all morning, that the steamer had run aground, but this was not the case. The vessel will be able to get away just as soon as the fog clears.

M.T. Co.'s elevator - The tugs Hall and Thomson cleared for Montreal, with six grain barges and one coal barge; the tug Mary cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; the tug Bartlett is due from the Welland canal with the barge Dunmore, and Standard Oil barge No. 6; the steamer Stormount is due from the Welland canal with the barges Augustus and Quebec; the steamer Rosemount will arrive here with the Standard Oil barge No. 86 from the Welland canal.

The steambarge Root arrived from Windsor. It has been sold to parties at Havana, Cuba, and will be used there in the sand business. "Jack" Cherry was secured as pilot for the vessel on the trip to Montreal.

The steamer Missisquoi made its first trip of the season from Gananoque to Kingston on Saturday, and had a good passenger list.

It is reported that the tug Bronson went aground with some barges when near Oak Point, a short distance down the river.

The steambarge Navajo is being loaded with corn, at Richardson's elevator, for Montreal.

The steamer Renvoile (Renvoyle ?)passed down on the way to Montreal on Sunday.

The steamer Regina lightered a cargo of wheat at Richardson's elevator, and went on to Montreal.

The steamer Mapleton cleared for Belleville to load cement.

The steamer Alexandria will arrive at Folger's wharf tonight, on her first trip of the season down to Montreal. Quite a large amount of local freight is awaiting her.

H.B. Mills, of the Thousand Island Steamboat company returned from Clayton, and went over to Watertown on business.

The government boat Simcoe arrived in Port Arthur, after making a tour of the Great Lakes. This boat distributes light supplies and material needed anywhere. The vessel placed a gas buoy on Hare Island, west of Thunder Cape. This has long been needed as a guide to navigators, and is a valuable addition to the lights on Lake Superior.

The steamer Saskatoon loaded 80,000 bushels of wheat at Port Arthur for Montreal.

The steamer Canadian loaded 70,000 bushels for Kingston at Port Arthur.

The steamer Scottish Hero loaded 120,000 bushels of wheat at Port Arthur, which she will discharge at Tilfin.

At Swift's wharf - The steamer Dundurn, of Hamilton, looking spic and span after being fitted out for the season, made her first trip today. She called at Swift's this morning, with several tons of freight and was fog-bound for several hours. The steambarge Juno is also at anchor, waiting for the fog to disperse. The Rideau King, for Ottawa, was several hours late in getting away, owing to the fog.

Steamer Simla Stranded

A despatch from Sault Ste. Marie says: "The steamer Simla, of Kingston, upbound with a cargo of hard coal, stranded on Mud Bottom Shoal, off Round Island, in the upper St. Mary's River, late Saturday. She is out two feet. A tug and lighter were despatched to her, and expect to effect her release by Monday.

Marine Notes Elsewhere

The steamer Marshall arrived in Chicago with coal from Oswego.

A steel freighter was chartered for wheat, Fort William to Buffalo, Saturday, at 1 1/4 cents.

Rates on Lake Superior ore are still hanging fire and it is believed the matter will go over until next week.

About twenty five vessels have loaded and left Buffalo without certificates of inspection, and it is expected that the usual penalty of $250 will be imposed in each case. The matter is being considered by Capt. Stone, Supervising Inspector of the Ninth district. A ruling was adopted in March 1910 whereby no loaded boats would be passed by the inspectors. Many in ignorance of the law, or misunderstanding it, loaded their crafts before the calls of the inspectors. A further penalty is the revocation of the license of masters and engineers.

p.4 Ask Right To Dam - The St. Lawrence at Long Sault Rapids - a letter to editor signed "Mariner."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1911