The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1911

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p.1 Working On Channel - C.W. Bulloch, who had charge of the blasting operations for the removal of the shoal east of Blockhouse Island, during the past winter, left here in charge of 1,600 pounds of dynamite for Wallace Island, where operations were commenced, continuing the work of making a Canadian channel between Gananoque and Brockville.



The steamer Aletha at noon today was still on the rocks at Navy Bay, just off the pumphouse at the Royal Military College, where she struck early Tuesday morning, after drifting down the harbor helpless, after her main steam pipe had burst. The Donnelly Wrecking company is still working there, and hopes are entertained that she will be released soon. The rough sea this morning hindered the work somewhat, although every possible means are being used to assist in the work.

Island Belle Released

Coming down the river yesterday morning on her regular trip from Alexandria Bay to Ogdensburg, the steamer Island Belle ran aground on a flat shoal, a few yards south of the Five Mile Light. A fog prevailed at the time and the steamer struck with sufficient force that she was unable to release herself. A boat was lowered and the mate with two passengers rowed to the residence of Robert Boyd where a rig was secured. They arrived here at four o'clock and the mate securing the assistance of the steamer Bigelow proceeded to the scene of the accident. A line was attached to the stern of the Island Belle and with one pull she was released. She came here under her own steam and tied up at the C.P.R. wharf over night, leaving in the morning on her regular schedule for Ogdensburg, none the worse for the mishap.

Movement of Vessels

The steamer Sowards cleared last night for Oswego.

The steamer Sequin will clear tonight for Montreal.

The government boat Bayfield passed up on Tuesday.

The steamer Yennek was up from Gananoque on Tuesday.

The steamer Samuel Marshall is discharging coal at Brockville.

The tug Glide of the M.T. Co.'s fleet is in the Kingston drydock being caulked.

The steamer City of Hamilton cleared light for up the lakes yesterday to get a cargo of freight.

The tug Reid, which towed the steamer Sharples here from Cape Vincent, cleared for Sarnia.

The steamer Seguin of the Canadian lakes line is at the Kingston dry dock to have some repairs made to her.

The schooner Ford River is discharging part of her cargo of coal at the Kingston Hosiery company's wharf.

The steamer Polana is back in dry dock again. Her hull is being painted and the floor of the hurricane deck is being laid.

The stormy weather has been causing great delay to the vessels. Some of the vessels have been delayed nearly forty-eight hours on their trip.

The barge Hamilton belonging to the M.T. Co. came out of the Kingston dry dock yesterday afternoon after having her hull repaired.

The steamer John Sharples was towed to the Kingston dry dock Tuesday afternoon, but will be unable to get into the dock for some time as two small boats are at the present time in there for repairs. The pumps are kept going all the time to keep her hold free of water.

M.T. Co.'s elevator - steamer Stormount cleared for Montreal, after discharging a portion of her cargo of wheat and oats; Standard Oil barge No. 86 cleared for Montreal; Standard Oil barge No. 6 will arrive from the Welland Canal tonight; the tug Mary cleared for Montreal with the barges Augustus and Quebec, coal laden from Fort Erie.

Thousand Island Company's Fleet.

The steamers of the Thousand Island Steamboat company are now in readiness for the season, which, it is believed, will be one of the best in the history of the company, so far as the river traffic is concerned.

The new boat of the fleet is the Newsboy, which is still at Duluth undergoing repairs, but she will be brought down to Kingston as soon as possible. The steamer America has undergone a thorough overhauling under the able care of Arthur Sparham, and is now looking "fine and dandy" as the marine men say. After a good scrubbing the steamer was given a nice coat of paint, and certainly looks spic and span for her season's work. Last season the popular steamer was working night and day, and gave excellent service. This season the America will be kept just as busy.

Arrangements have been completed regarding the crews of the different vessels, and the appointments have just been announced.

Captain Hinckley will again be in charge of the veteran steamer Pierrepont with First Mate Potter and Chief Engineer J.F. McEwen.

Capt. E.M. Charlebois will command the Ramona and he will have as chief engineer George W. Willis.

The steamer Newsboy will be under the command of Capt. John Bertrand with Mate Murdoch, and John D. Carter will be the chief engineer.

Capt. Charles H. Kendall will be in charge of the steamer St. Lawrence, the first mate will be G.R. Browne, chief engineer B.F. Farrell.

Capt. W.C. Hudson will command the steamer New Island Wanderer, H.J. Gould will be the first mate and John A. Cook first engineer.

Capt. Robert Carnegie will have charge of the steamer America with first mate Daniel Cummings, and chief engineer, James Gillie.

Work At Little Sodus.

The United States dredge Frontenac will go to Little Sodus Bay and remain there until a sand bar which formed across the mouth of the harbor entrance from breakwater to breakwater has been removed. The bar formed during the winter, and on account of the low water, unusual for this time of the year, the deeper draft lake steamers have reported some difficulty in making the harbor without grounding. For the past two weeks the Frontenac has been working in the Sodus harbor tearing out the spurs along the inside of the breakwater, as with the new style of construction used in the rebuilding of the breakwater these will not be needed for strengthening purposes.



Hit A Shoal Near The Cross-Over Light.

The steamer Glenmount, of the Montreal Transportation company, is ashore at Crossover Light, below Alexandria Bay, N.Y. She left here on Monday morning for Montreal, after lightering at the M.T. Co. elevator. She was drawing fourteen feet of water. The fog caused the trouble. It was some time before her plight was discovered. On Tuesday afternoon the Calvin company's steamer Chieftain and lighter St. Louis went to the scene of the trouble. The Glenmount was reported to be leaking in No. 2 compartment. She will be brought to Kingston to unload and to enter the Kingston dry dock as soon as she is released. At noon, today, no word of her release had been received.

To Undergo Repairs.

Arrangements have been made for the steamer Islander (sic - Wolfe Islander) to go to the Kingston Foundry marine railway for extensive repairs, and it is likely that the steamer will be taken off the Island route on Friday. It is expected that it will take about six weeks to do the necessary work. During the time she is off her run, her place will be taken by the veteran steamer Pierrepont.

Aletha Still Ashore.

The steamer Aletha is still on the rocks near Fort Henry, in Navy Bay. She is lying on the right side, within a boat length of the shore, just where she struck. The Donnelly Wrecking company is trying to release her, but she drove very hard on the rocks, and the sea which was rolling today did not have much effect on her one way or another. The planks in her hull have separated, and let the water in. This afternoon the wrecking crew endeavored to fill the cracks, but the sea which was rolling, would not permit it.

As far as the crew is concerned the boat could not have struck in a better place. As far as the boat is concerned, no doubt, if she had struck in any other place than the one in which she did, the chances are that by this time she would have been pounded to pieces. It is doubtful if the boat will be released today. The wind is still blowing down the lake.

Will Do Some Dredging.

Government survey men are at work off Swift's wharf, taking soundings. It is proposed to do some dredging in that vicinity. This will be much appreciated by marine men. A short time ago, a schooner went aground not far from the wharf.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1911