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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1911

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Keywest In Trouble Above Cardinal Canal

The steamer Keywest, loaded with coal for Montreal, ran aground above the Cardinal canal, on Monday morning. Word was sent to the city, and the steamer Donnelly, of the Donnelly Wrecking company, left for the scene, with a barge from the Montreal Transportation company, to be used as a lighter.

The steamer Alexandria was at Folger's wharf, on Monday night, on her regular trip down the river. She had a very heavy cargo of freight, and the freight from Kingston was very heavy. The steambarge Waterlily made her first trip here of the season, on account of the rush. The Waterlily put on all the freight that the Alexandria could not take.

The steamer Dundee passed down, on Monday, and the steamer Arabian passed up.

The schooner Julia B. Merrill cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Missisquoi was up from Gananoque on Tuesday.

M.T. Co's elevator - The steamer Canadian, from Port William, discharged 72,000 bushels of wheat, and will clear for Belleville, to load cement for Fort William; the tug Hall, from Montreal, three light barges, the tug Emerson cleared with the barge Kingston, to load coal at Charlotte, taking the barge Melrose in tow, for the Welland Canal; the Emerson will return with two corn barges, from Port Colborne, and oil barge No. 86; the steamer Glenmount passed up, from Montreal, with a cargo of rails, on her way to Port Arthur; the tug Thomson, from Montreal, with three light barges, and will clear for Montreal with three grain barges; the tug Hall cleared for Montreal, with two barges.

The schooner Ford River is at Richardson's wharf, loading feldspar.

The schooners Keewatin and Maize arrived from Oswego, with coal for R. Crawford.

At Swift's wharf - Steamer Buena Vista, from Smith's Falls today; schooner Cornelia arrived this morning with coal from Oswego; steam barge John Randall was up from Rideau points and anchored at Swift's; steamers Kingston and Caspian made the river trip today; steamers Toronto and North King were down and up Monday; schooner Bertie Calkins for Oswego Saturday night to load for Swift's; steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa Monday morning.

The barges Jeska and Navajo are at the Kingston foundry to have some repairs made.

The steamer Congercoal of Toronto arrived at the Kingston dry dock Monday afternoon and went in the dock to have repairs made to her hull.

Rideau Queen Refitted - The steamer Rideau Queen will leave Swift's wharf, Wednesday morning, for Ottawa on her first trip of the season. Capt. Edward Fleming will be in command this year again. The Rideau Queen has been thoroughly refitted and rebuilt during the winter at Picton. New frames and new planking have been put in, and a new boiler was installed by McKelvey & Birch. She will leave Kingston for Ottawa every Wednesday and Saturday morning at six o'clock, on the famous Rideau route.


Having Trouble In Regard To Its Ferry

The Wolfe Island council is having its troubles over its ferry. Early in May it put its steamer Wolfe Islander on the Davis dry dock to have false sides added so as to give the steamer larger carrying capacity and more stability. The work has taken longer than expected, six weeks having been figured upon, although there was no set time in the contract, and because of this the island council is being criticized by many of the people. The steamer Pierrepont was engaged to do the island ferry work for six weeks, at the end of which time it was expected that the Wolfe Islander would be completed. The Thousand Island Steamboat Company accommodated the island council up till a few days ago, leasing the steamer for twenty dollars a day, the Council to supply the crew and fuel. It was essential for the Pierrepont to go on the Cape Vincent route, and to be first painted, so that boat had to be taken off. However, the company fitted out the steamer Jessie Bain to fill the gap. The latter boat was insufficient, and after two days it was taken off the route.

The climax was reached on Saturday when the council arranged to have the islanders carried to and from the city on Grant Pike's scow, towed by a gasoline yacht. The customs refused to allow this, and the improvised service had to be abandoned, although a fee was not charged the passengers. Motor boats which carried islanders were also ordered to cease engaging in the trade, as they are not allowed to go into the passenger carrying trade without inspection and a license. Things were hot at the city wharf of the islanders for a time, and the law was sought. The steamer Mississquoi relieved the situation by making a couple of trips to and from the island before three o'clock. The La Monde did duty on Sunday and Monday.

It is expected that the Wolfe Islander will be able to resume her trips today. She came out of the Davis drydock, Tuesday morning, and coaled up at Swift's wharf. The steamer La Monde is running until the Wolfe Islander is prepared to get back to her old trip.

p.8 Deckhands Made a Fuss - not happy with food on str. Kingston.

Kingston Daily Standard, July 4, 1911


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1911