The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 May 1911

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The steamer Aletha, of the Bay of Quinte Navigation Company, which ran ashore on the rocks at Navy Bay, on Tuesday night last, was released on Saturday afternoon. Quite a little difficulty was experienced in getting her off. A heavy sea was rolling at the time she went ashore; consequently she was driven hard on the rocks, and being a light boat, drove far up on the shore. The water when comparatively calm, is very shallow at this place, and the tugs of the Donnelly Wrecking Company could not get near her. On Saturday, the tug Frontenac of the Calvin company's fleet assisted the tug Saginaw, and the two boats succeeded in pulling her off. The steamer Aberdeen came down from Picton Sunday afternoon and towed her back there, where she will undergo a thorough examination and overhauling in Hepburn's ways. It is expected that she will be in commission again in a week's time. One thing was exceedingly fortunate, and that was the fact that her hull, which was rebuilt of oak last winter, was sufficiently strong to stand the strain of two powerful tugs pulling on her without going to pieces.

The speedy steamer Sowards made a record run to Oswego, leaving Kingston at 11:30 o'clock, on Sunday morning, the steamer made the trip to Oswego, a distance of sixty miles, took on a cargo of coal, and was back at Crawford's wharf in Kingston at 3:30 o'clock on Monday morning. This is "going some," as mariner men would say. Owing to the fact that there was no delay in loading the vessel, the Sowards was able to make the record trip. She was only in Oswego three hours, and two hours were taken up in loading. Max Shaw is the captain.

The steamer Glenmount, which went aground at Crossover Light was released Saturday night, by the Calvin company, and towed to Kingston. The steamer suffered a great deal of damage, but the extent cannot be ascertained until she goes on the drydock. The balance of her cargo was discharged into store, at the M.T. Co.'s elevator.

M.T. Co's elevator - The tug Bartlett arrived light at Oswego, and cleared with two coal laden barges for Montreal. The tug Emerson cleared for Montreal with six grain barges.

The steamer Advance passed Port Dalhousie, Sunday night, grain laden on her way to Montreal.

The steamer Arabian will pass down today, on her way to Montreal.

The steamer Algonquin, grain laden from Fort William, is due to arrive at the M.T. Co's elevator today.

The steamers Neepawah and Plummer passed down, on their way to Montreal Sunday. The steamer Renvoile (Renvoyle ?) passed up.

The steamer Chieftain No. 3, of the Calvin fleet, arrived from Cross-Over Light, with a cargo off the str. Glenmount.

The steamer America started on the Cape Vincent route, this afternoon. The steamer Pierrepont will take the place of the Wolfe Islander tomorrow, while the latter goes to the Kingston foundry dock for repairs, which will require about six weeks time.

The sloop Ariadne arrived from Wolfe Island, with pressed hay.

The steamer America was given a trial trip in the harbor, Sunday, and made a fine impression. The steamer looks good with the new coat of paint and a thorough cleaning.

The steamer Iroquois is at Richardson's elevator, from Fort William, discharging 60,000 bushels of wheat. The steamer Dundee, from Fort William with oats, lightered her cargo at this elevator, and went on to Montreal.

The schooner St. Louis is at Portsmouth to allow for some changes to be made on the vessel.

At Swift's wharf - The schooner Andrews, of Oswego, arrived yesterday with coal; schooner Norseman, of Erie, was expected to arrive today with coal; Rideau King cleared for Ottawa this morning.

Whitefish Are Dying - To arrest the rapid depletion of the Great Lakes of whitefish, the Marine and Fisheries Department require to place in the five great fresh water bodies 2,000,000,000 of fry annually. This would be the beginning of the work of restoring to its former abundance the supply of whitefish. The food value of such a fish supply cannot be estimated by Ontario.

The yearly catch of whitefish in Lake Superior, Georgian Bay and around the Manitoulin Islands has decreased approximately 5,000,000 pounds annually from the year 1890 to 1899, at a value of over $500,000, and not one whitefish fry from the hatcheries has even been planted in these waters. On the other hand most of the fry propagated at the hatchery at Sandwich has been liberated into Lake Erie, and the result has been an increased catch of 400 per cent during the same period....

p.8 Will Cost $50,000 To Rebuild Steamer Sharples - (almost unreadable)

Grounded In St. Lawrence - "

Marine Notes - "

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 May 1911