The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Sep 1913

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Sault Ste. Marie, Sept. 22nd - Grave fears are entertained here for the safety of the Northern Navigation steamer Huronic, which is now one day overdue at Port Arthur. She was in wireless connection with another steamer, yesterday, and communication was suddenly broken off. Storms in the district are reported to be the worst in the history of the west. The Huronic carried two hundred passengers.

The Huronic left Port Arthur on Saturday afternoon in the teeth of the gale. The steamer Tionesta ? had just got her when the message ceased, which is considered a bad omen. No other boats could then get her by wireless, though others tried. Other boats report a fierce passage and everything was still in doubt at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon.

At noon today, as far as could be learned, there were no disasters or wrecks on Lake Superior during Saturday night's storm. The steamers Assiniboia and Hamonic arrived at Port Arthur three hours late.

New G.T.R. Ferry - Cobourg, Sept. 22nd - It is rumored here that the G.T.R. has let the contract for another ferry to run between Cobourg and the south shore, and that the second ferry may call at Sodus Point.



The schooner Julia B. Merrill arrived at the Grove Inn, from Oswego, with a cargo of coal.

The steamer Calgary passed up on Monday.

The steamer Kinmount passed up on Monday, light, on her way to Fort William.

The steamer Sowards cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Jeska from Charlotte, is in port with coal for Robert Crawford.

The tug Fraser was in Crawford's wharf to secure coal on her way to Morrisburg.

The steamer Kingston was down the river, and cleared for Charlotte, N.Y. and Toronto again on Sunday.

The steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa on Monday morning.

The steamer Arabian has been docked at the shipyard.

The steamer Majestic passed east on Sunday.

The steamer Belleville was westbound on Sunday.

The steamer Dundurn passed up on Monday.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Calgarian cleared for Port Colborne; tug Hall, from Montreal, two light barges, cleared for Montreal with three grain barges.


Judgement was given by the court of wreck commissioners, Montreal, with regard to the collision which took place between the lake freighters Kenora and Fairmount at the entrance to the Lachine canal, on July 13th. The evidence showed that the two vessels met at the entrance to the canal, where they arrived almost simultaneously. The captain of each vessel had caused the whistle to be blown four times, as is customary when demanding that the lock gate be opened for a vessel to pass through. At the time of signalling neither captain noticed that the other was giving the same signal as himself. The captain of the Kenora was the first to perceive that a collision was immenent. Four times in succession he signalled by means of the telegraph on the bridge to his engineer to reverse his engines, but instead the engineer increased the speed of the vessel and pressed forward, with the result that the Kenora collided stem on with the Fairmount, sustaining injury herself, and inflicting damage to the Fairmount as well. The court held that the incomprehensible conduct of the engineer was the direct cause of the collision. Both captains were declared to have done their duty, and the court further suggested that regulations should be made to indicate which of the vessels meeting at the entrance to the canal should have prior rights of entry.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Sep 1913