The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Nov 1912

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p.1 Bodies Will Float Down St. Lawrence - from Cecilia.

p.5 I.M.C. - Ford River, J.B. Merrill, Maize.

Nov. 5, 1912

p.1 Grain Carrying Record - str. Willis B. King at Fort William.

Was Fully Equipped - str. Cecilia L.

p.3 Rough On the Lake - Major Ferry, Keyport.

Toiler - might change from oil to steam this winter; during the past season numerous repairs have been made to her machinery.

Nov. 6, 1912

p.2 Steamer Was Burned - Little Queen on the Rideau River, owned by Grant Pyke of Wolfe Island, a gasoline steamer used to tow scow to Washburn, only 2 years old, valued at $5,000.

p.5 I.M.C. - sloop Granger; yacht Nokomis getting repairs in Davis' drydock.

Big Roll Went Down- boy who drowned on Cecilia L. in July in Lake St. Louis.

Nov. 7, 1912

p.3 News of the World - The new wireless stations on the great lakes being operated by the agreement between the Government and the Marconi company are located at Port Arthur, Sault Ste. Marie, Tobermory and Midland.

p.5 I.M.C. - Ford River, St. Louis, Major Ferry, Andrews.

-A Montreal despatch says: "The Keystone Transportation company, of Montreal, is negotiating with the Collingwood Shipbuilding company for a steamer that will be a duplicate of the Keystorm, which was lost in Chippewa Bay recently. The firm has not decided whether it will build one boat or three. The plans call for a ship 260 feet long, 42 feet beam and 20 feet deep. The contract will be awarded in the next few weeks."

Nov. 8, 1912

p.1 Crew of Lake Vessel Rescued During Storm - gasoline str. Yangton at Oswego.

p.2 Young Man Was Drowned - employed on barge Kingston.

Rough On the Lake - str. Jeska forced back at Oswego.

p.3 Has Been In Jail - John F. Owens, Sailor's Missionary of Kingston.

Movement of Vessels - Britton.

p.5 Scarcity of Sailors - fair weather sailors.

Nov. 9, 1912

p.5 I.M.C. - The work on the steamer La Monde is well under way and the vessel will be completed in about ten days and ready for use at the opening of navigation next spring. In the meantime the boat will probably be sold by its present owners work proceeding, houseboat Wenona having 15' added at Davis shipyard; A.L. Andrews.

p.7 Incidents of the Day - Charles Willard, Amherst Island, and H. Bowman, Garrett street, have returned home after a season sailing on the schooner Maize.



Which Is Going To Be A Boon To Kingston.

Kingston with the position it holds as a lake and river port, and with the sphere of activity along marine lines which augurs well with the building of the new breakwater and bridge, and the carrying out of the proposed plans by the Dominion government for the harbor improvement, would not be complete without shipbuilding industries. And at the present time the city has one which "fills the bill" and promises to keep pace with the Limestone City's advancement along these lines. We refer to the Kingston Shipbuilding company.

Steamers and vessels coming into this port, especially from up the lake, have a good view of the dock, yards and plant of the company, which, since its organization, in the spring of 1910, has been building vessels for the Canadian government and doing repair work. The repairs have increased at least 300 per cent since the inception of the new company. It has doubly fulfilled the requirement called for by the city, when the by-law was passed in 1910.

At the time of organization, the company took over the government dry dock, which was formerly operated by the Public Works Department at Ottawa, and has built around it a shipbuilding plant, suitable for building and repair work. Following out that plan, the company has erected on the west side of the dock a steel frame building, in which all the necessary machinery, etc., was installed. A portion of the east side of the building has been taken up by oil furnaces of the latest type, and by the bending slabs on which the various parts entering into the construction of vessels are, after being heated, wrought to the required forms and shapes. On the second floor of the building is located the mould loft, where all component parts of the vessels are laid out, and light wooden moulds taken off the same. The company has also added to the pump house equipment a vertical engine directly connected to a generator, which supplies the motive power for the plant. A prominent feature is the 1,000 cubic feet air compressor, from which pipe lines are laid to the dry dock and the vessels in course of construction.

Since it began operations the company has constructed the steamer Polana for the Department of Agriculture at Ottawa for quarantine service at Grosse Isle, while another of the alligator type was dispatched in sections to the Upper Ottawa Improvement company, at Fraser's Mill.

At the present time the company has in course of construction two steamers for the Department of Marine and Fisheries, namely the C.G.S. Bellechasse, for survey and inspection work on the St. Lawrence channel, and the C.G.S. Dollard, as lighthouse and buoy steamer in the same service.

The first of these boats is almost completed, while work on the second is well advanced.

The dry dock has been kept well occupied and there is little doubt that this end of the business will materially increase.

From all reports the workmanship of the company in connection with the repairs to boats, leaves nothing to be desired, and it is to its credit that these repairs have been executed with a minimum of delay. That the company is growing is evident from the fact that during its first year of operation, it had an average force of about fifty men, while its second twelve months of activity called for the services of an average of 220 men. Negotiations are pending for the procuring of further contracts, and the prospects of the company are decidedly bright for the ensuing year.

The officers are: President, S. Dyment, Barrie; vice-president, H.A. Calvin, Garden Island; secretary, W.J. Fair, Kingston.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Nov 1912