The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Apr 1912

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p.2 Blow Up The Hulks - Attention has been called to the fact that a number of worthless hulks such as the old Pilgrim and the Empire State are lying out in Anglin's Bay near the round house. It was suggested that on the occasion of the third of June celebration they might be towed out into the harbor and blown up. It could be done at trifling cost and would be a feature of the day's amusements.

Left For Cape Vincent - str. Pierrepont, Capt. Robert Carnegie, David Cummings mate.

Yacht Club Events - schedule of races for summer.

p.3 Borden Axe Again - Joseph Brophy, for many years lighthouse keeper at Brophy's Point, fired because he is a liberal.



That Are Lying Along The Harbor Front.

Kingston, with its comparatively sheltered harbor, is always a favorite spot for the laying up of many vessels of all kinds during the winter months, and this past winter, as usual, boats have been in quarters from Portsmouth down to the cotton mill. From Folger's wharf north, around the elevators and below the bridge, the vessels have been numerous.

At Garden Island, the Calvin fleet wintered, and extensive repairs and alterations were made to some of the vessels. At Wolfe Island, the steamer Wolfe Islander was moored, where she was fitted up, before this sturdy craft opened up navigation on Wednesday.

Commencing at Portsmouth, the steamer Tagonia, of Canadian Lake line, and the oil steamer Toiler wintered, the latter undergoing some rather extensive repairs, a new boiler, wynchs (sic), and the former being fitted up at this pier.

Moving down to the Grove Inn one finds the sloop Maggie L., owned by Capt. La Rush, tied up, and undergoing ordinary repairs.

The Donnelly Wrecking company's two steamers, the Donnelly and the Saginaw, have harbored at the Donnelly wharf, where they have been put in good condition.

A few hundred yards farther down, the ways at the Kingston foundry have accommodated the steamer Mississquoi, of Gananoque, and the yachts Vernon Junior, of Brockville, Motor Queen, of this city, and the Tenna, of Toronto. The Mississquoi, in the hands of the carpenters, will, it is said, be sold to Picton parties and be taken off the St. Lawrence river route. The yachts have also been gone over.

Then comes the largest shipyard of the city, that of the Kingston Shipbuilding company, where, in addition to repair jobs, two steel boats have been and are under construction for the government. The one nearest completion has been constructed on the west side of the dock, into which she will be launched. The other is under way at the south-western corner of the yard. The steamer Keywest, of the Keystone line, in the dock for repairs earlier in the winter, and was taken out to make way for the steamer Port Colborne, it will be remembered, whose bottom was scraped in the Lachine canal in the fall, was repaired, as well as general overhauling. The steamer Caspian, of the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte line, took refuge in the slip between the drydock power house, and the Cereal Company's elevator. This well-known and reliable "bark" has been gone over, and will soon be ready for the route.

Skipping down to Swift's wharf there are found the City of Montreal, the lake and river steamer, and the North King, of the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte line, lying where they sought winter quarters in the fall. Both vessels have been thoroughly gone over.

Continuing farther, there are found some of the passenger steamers of the St. Lawrence Steamboat company occupying places at Folger's wharf, the Pierrepont and Island Wanderer. They have all been gone over, painted and touched up wherever necessary, in preparation for a big summer's business on the river.

The fleet of the Montreal Transportation company numbering upwards of forty boats and consisting of steamers, barges and tugs, have been undergoing general repairs and are about ready for the opening of navigation. Some of the fleet were wintered around the company's elevator and some were below the bridge.

The wharves about Davis' dry dock have been used during the winter to accommodate the schooners Julia B. Merrill, Katie Eccles, Major Ferry and Maize. The hoisting engine of the Merrill is undergoing repairs. There are also the steamers Iona, Sowards, Rideau King and Rideau Queen, and the Jeska. The Rideau King and Rideau Queen are both due in the drydock for general repairs as soon as the dock is empty. Besides these there are wintering at Davis' a number of pleasure craft, some of which are the steamyacht Nama, the fast motor-yacht Marjorie, and the motor launch Carmel C.

The new steel boat being built in the drydock will be ready to launch in about two weeks. Two representatives of the Ottawa Forwarding company, for whom the boat is being built, were in the city on Wednesday, inspecting the new boat. There were James Hall and Capt. Allan. The new boat will be called the Glen Allan.

The schooner Ford River and the steambarge Navajo wintered at Richardson's wharf. A new boiler has been installed in the Navajo and the general winter repairs are practically finished. They will probably be starting out within the next week.

At Crawford's wharf, at the foot of Queen street, things are beginning to look busy and some of the boats are already prepared for business. The steamers America, St. Lawrence, Jessie Bain, Ramona, Newsboy and Key West are the line-up from Crawford's. The Newsboy is under steam this morning and will start out Thursday afternoon to make her regular trips between Clayton and Alexandria Bay.

Except the changing of some of the electric wire, which is being done by J.N. Scott, the Newsboy is all ready and looks quite spick in a new coat of paint. The Key West, owned by the Keystone Transportation company, is to go to the Kingston Shipbuilding company's drydock, shortly, for general repairs.

The crews of the barges Augusta (sic - Augustus ?) and Dunmore, of the Montreal Transportation company, have arrived in the city.

The work of fitting out the steamer Senator Derbyshire, at Brockville, under the direction of Engineer Maloney, is proceeding rapidly and when the lakes are clear of ice the craft will start out. William Kirkwood, of Kingston, has been engaged as captain for the season. The first trip of the Derbyshire will be a 1,508 miles run to Fort William for grain to be carried to Quebec.

The barge Grantham, which belongs to the Donnelly Wrecking company, and used as a lighter, has occupied its accustomed place between Folger's and the island ferry wharf.

Explosion On The Scout -

p.8 Nine Murray Canal Hands Are Dismissed - 8 bridgemen and 1 lighthouse keeper, because of politics.

The Deal Is Likely Off For Present - merger of lake craft involving R. & O., Inland Navigation and Niagara Navigation companies.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Apr 1912