The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1913

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p.1 For The Thousand Islander - Ogdensburg, N.Y., Sept. 10th - The Business Men's Association yesterday leased the old Plumb wharf, formerly the ferry wharf, at the foot of Catherine Street, as a winter berth for the steamer Thousand Islander of the R. & O. fleet. District Passenger Agent Harry B. Mills of the R. & O. was in the city making arrangements for the laying up of the Thousand Islander at this port.



The steamer Belleville passed down on Wednesday morning.

The steamer Toronto was down and cleared west again on Wednesday afternoon.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: steamer Advance passed down from Port Colborne to Montreal loaded with grain; tug Emerson arrived from Montreal with five light barges and will clear tonight for Montreal with one grain barge; steamer Fordonian is due Thursday morning from Fort William with grain.

The schooner Katie Eccles will go in Davis' dry dock on Wednesday to undergo slight repairs.

The schooner Merrill, which is discharging coal at the Grove Inn wharf, will clear for Sodus today.

The steamer Aberdeen cleared for Oswego to load coal for Picton.

p.6 Late George Barron - from Scotland, 87 years old, had been engineer on steamers Caspian, Pierrepont, and Watertown. (details)



Detroit, Sept. 9th - Tooting of steam whistles on lake vessels passing through rivers connecting the great lakes, under certain circumstances may imperil the license of vessel-masters or other officers.

This warning is given by Capt. Westcott, United States supervising inspector of steam vessels for the eighth district, who calls attention to the revised statutes, which, in defining the duties of the United States board of supervising inspectors, authorizes "prohibiting useless and unnecessary whistling.

The regulations state "unnecessary sounding of the steam whistle is prohibited within any harbor limits of the United States. Whenever any officer in charge of any steamer permits such unnecessary whistling, upon conviction thereof before any board of inspectors, such officer shall be suspended from acting under his license as the inspectors trying the case may deem proper."

Capt. Westcott points out that local inspectors, under this regulation, have no alternative except to impose suspension of license on officers found guilty of violating the rule, and emphasizes the fact that needless whistling is described as including practically everything except signals prescribed in pilot rules.

Whistle blowing at night by vessels passing through the rivers frequently has caused annoyance to persons who are aroused from sleep by the roaring blasts, and has disturbed persons suffering from illness. One steamer is reported to have sounded twenty-nine whistle blasts while passing a town on St. Clair river one night last week.

So far as records show no complaint has ever been made against licensed officers on the ground of unnecessary whistle-blowing.

Stella, Sept. 9th - ....Daniel Wemp, who has served thirteen years as light-house keeper, on the Brother Island, has resigned, and has been succeeded by John Miller, of Stella.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1913