The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Aug 1913

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Toronto, Aug. 8th - Whistles of distress were heard from the lake about a mile and a half from the life-saving station at 11:35 o'clock last night. Mate Macdonald and the life saving crew responded. After some time they found the schooner Kitchen loaded with coal and sinking fast. The crew on board the schooner were working bravely at the pumps in a vain effort to save her, and declined the offer from the launch to go on board while the ship's mast was still above water.

The life savers, in view of this, turned back quickly to the station and dropped off one of their crew to phone to the city for a tug. The launch then hurried back to stand by lest its aid should be required. In a few minutes the fire tug Joe Goodwin pulled out of the harbor and went to the rescue of the schooner's crew. They arrived just in time to take the men on board as the old freighter was sinking below the water line.

The Kitchen is a fair sized coal ship and had put in a good many years' service.

At two o'clock this morning the submerged vessel was being slowly towed toward the eastern gap. The water was over her covered boards.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Newsboy left Davis dry dock on Thursday evening after having extensive repairs done upon it.

The drill boat Mons Meg owned by Weddell and Company of Toronto, went into the dock on Friday morning and will be there for about a week to have some caulking and other repairs done. This boat is something after a style of a dredge and has three drills on one side which are capable of drilling 600 feet of rock each a day.

p.2 U.S. Customs Official - For the greater convenience of passengers landing at Alexandria Bay off the steamers Toronto and Kingston a special United States customs official will board the steamers here every morning for the purpose of examining baggage and causing less delay at the Bay. On Friday morning the new order of things was started. All this season the Canadian customs have had an official on these steamers to convenience passengers, and Uncle Sam is following suit.

p.3 Early Motor Boats - an early gasoline boat of twenty years ago at Alexandria Bay was the Edgewood ferry, called the "Tackhammer;" another one was owned by W.H. Thomson.


Buffalo, Aug. 8th - Bids for the removal of the wreck of the Richardson are advertised by the United States engineer's office. Those received will be opened on August 26th.

Hinckley and Sampson, of Oswego, the last firm to attempt to raise the boat, threw up the job about July 10th, and at that time there was talk of blowing the ship up with dynamite. It is a real menace to navigation, at least two serious collisions with it having occurred, and the government is anxious to get the hull out as soon as possible.



The steamer Charles Beatty, discharging corn at Richardson's elevator, cleared Thursday night for Oswego.

The steamer Calgary passed down on Friday morning.

The steamer Sowards and schooner Maize cleared for Charlotte.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Natironco from Fort William is discharging 46,000 bushels of wheat ; tug Bronson from Montreal three light barges, cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; steamer Kinmount, grain-laden, from Port Colborne, is due to arrive tonight to discharge.

The steamer America had 383 passengers out of Kingston on Friday morning for Ogdensburg.

The steamer Alexandria is due to arrive here tonight from Montreal.

The steamer Waterlily is due to arrive at Folger's wharf tonight from river points with freight.

The steamers Kingston and Caspian were down and up on Friday.

The steamer City of Ottawa passed down on Friday morning.

The steamer City of Ottawa is due down from Ottawa Friday evening.

The steamer Britannic is due up from Montreal on Friday afternoon.

The steamer Olcott was at Swift's wharf from Oswego on Friday.

p.8 Wolfe Island News - Aug. 6th - The earnings of the ferry for the past month were slightly over $1500, the highest receipts that she has made in one month by $200. It can easily be seen by the above earnings that Dr. Spankie as manager is making a success financially of her.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Aug 1913