The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1911

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p.4 Shipping of Feldspar - ...The first shipment of ten cars came in to the city this week, via the Kingston & Pembroke railway, and it will be taken across to Charlotte by the schooner Ford River. The latter vessel is at present discharging coal at the hosiery mill but will load feldspar for the next trip.



What will be done with the steamer Sharples? This is just now a burning question in marine circles. It is understood that she will undergo some repairs here, as she has been taken to the Kingston dry dock to await entry. According to despatches sent out from Buffalo, there is just a chance of the vessel not being repaired.

It is stated that the vessel cannot be placed in drydock until the London Lloyd orders such a step taken. It has been abandoned by the owners, to the underwriters.

It appears that Capt. Reid and Capt. Baker took the contract for raising the vessel for $20,000 or a percentage of the salvage if they delivered the Sharples into port, and nothing if they failed. The vessel having been towed into port, is now the property of the London Lloyds.

A despatch from Buffalo has the following in regard to the vessel.

"It is intimated by one of the officials of the Buffalo Drydock Co. that the steamer is not worth repairing because the hull was almost pounded to pieces on the rocks during the winter.

The Sharples was owned by the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. The boat is of Welland Canal size and is not well suited to general lake transportation. She is 211 (241 ?) feet long and 41 feet beam. She was built in 1903. About fifteen per cent of her insurance has been paid, including the five per cent carried by the Great Lakes Protective Association. The English underwriters, holding about 83 per cent of the risk, have not yet settled."

Rather Unlucky Opening

The opening of navigation, so far as Kingston is concerned, has been rather unlucky, because of the fact that a number of vessels have met with mishaps in this vicinity. In looking up the records today, the Whig's marine man found that it was the 13th day of April when navigation officially opened. The 13th is always regarded as being unlucky, and the superstitious will be sure to put this down for the cause of the many marine mishaps which have occurred in this district.

Movement of Vessels

There was a thin coat of ice over Anglin's Bay this morning.

The steamer Sequin is in the Kingston dry dock having some repairs made to her hull.

The steamer Port Colborne is on her way with a cargo of grain for Richardson's elevator.

The M.T. Co's tug Glyde (sic - Glide), which was in Kingston drydock yesterday, cleared from there last evening.

The steamer Rideau King arrived at Swift's last night from Ottawa, and cleared on her return trip this morning.

The steamers Britannic and Rockferry arrived at Richardson's elevator from Chicago, with corn, both carrying about 60,000 bushels.

The steamer John Sharples is still awaiting the opportunity to get into the Kingston dry dock to have some repairs made to her stern, before proceeding to Ogdensburg.

The steamer La Monde, owned by Capt. George Hammond, will make its first trip to Clayton today. The steamer, which was known as the Stranger, last year, has been undergoing extensive repairs during the winter and now is in first class shape.

According to report this morning, the steamer Glenmount was still aground at Crossover Light, but the chances are that she will soon be released. The vessel had a hole punched in her side, which is being patched up, and a barge is also at the scene to lighter the vessel of its cargo.

The steamer Canadian, loaded with grain from Fort William, is due at the M.T. Co's elevator tonight; the steamer Edmonton, grain laden, from Fort William, is due to arrive tomorrow. The tug Bartlett will arrive from the Welland Canal with the barge Dunmore, coal laden, and oil barge No. 6; the steamer Westmount will arrive from Port Colborne with three grain barges.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1911