The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Sep 1913

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p.1 Captain Washed Overboard - Sault Ste. Marie, Sept. 23rd - Barge 137, in tow of the steamer Matoa, of the Pittsburgh Steamship company, lost her captain Saturday night. Captain O.W. Holdridge was washed overboard from his boat by a huge wave which broke high over the vessel. The wind blew from all directions.



Fire, which broke out about three minutes after eleven o'clock, on Monday night, did damage to the extent of about $4,000 at the plant of the Davis Dry Dock company, shipbuilders, at the foot of Bay street. The company carries an insurance of $8,000.

The fire was making great headway when discovered, but with quick work, the local firefighters soon had it under control, although they received a second call to the scene, fire breaking out on the roof again. A young man living near the plant noticed the blaze and sent in an alarm from box 14, at the corner of Wellington street and Place d'Armes.

The fire started around the boilers, and the roof of this part of the building was totally destroyed. Two lines of hose were used.

The great loss to the company is in the damage to the machinery, and the setback given in their work, as it will be twelve days or more before they will be able to go on with the work they have on hand in the dock. The company was just getting into their rush of fall work, and the fire coming just at this time, means a great money loss, in addition to the damage to property. The yacht Thyra, which met with a mishap at Port Hope, was just docked on Monday, and work was to have been continued on the yacht today. Arrangements were made for several other boats to go into the dock. There is about $400 worth of belting in the shop, and this suffered a great deal, also the shafting. The water on the machinery will also mean considerable damage.

However, it was a case of where the damage might very easily have been much worse and speaking about the fire Tuesday morning, members of the company stated that they were pleased with the good way in which the blaze had been handled.

The dry dock property is surrounded by lumber mills, and had there been a stiff gale blowing, there would certainly have been a very serious conflagration.

The firemen stayed at the scene of the fire until about 12:30 o'clock. They had just been back at the hall a short time, and were engaged in cleaning the hose waggons, when they were summoned to the plant again, a fire having started on the roof. They had the second blaze out in quick order.



A number of the steamers carrying grain from Fort William to Kingston, which was due to discharge their cargo at the local elevator this week, have been delayed by the heavy gale on Lake Superior during the past few days. The steamer Turret Crown, which was due to discharge on Monday, has not arrived as yet. The steamers that happened to be on the lake at the time of the storm took shelter.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: steamer Rosemount passed up light on her way from Montreal to Fort William; steamer Kinmount passed up light from Montreal to Fort William to load grain; tug Thomson arrived from Montreal with three light barges; tug Bartlett arrived from Charlotte with the barge Hamilton loaded with coal for Montreal; steamer Noble is expected from Duluth with 77,000 bushels of northern wheat

The steamers Donnacona and Calgary arrived with pulpwood from Montreal and cleared for up the lakes.

The steamers Strathcona and Mapleton passed down from Fort William to Montreal.

The steamer Charles Marshall, loaded with pulp wood, put in at Richardson's wharf on Monday night on account of the high wind.

The steamer Kingston was down and up on Tuesday.

The steamer America continues on the daily Bay of Quinte service.

p.5 Steam Yacht in Peril - near Port Hope, one of the yacht Thyra's boilers exploded, blowing hole in bow; patched with canvas, and brought to Davis dry dock.

p.8 Saved Her Daughter - Mrs. Snider, cook on the Fallon Bros. dredge in harbor, pulled daughter out of water.

p.9 The steamer Haddington, which went ashore six miles west of Port Colborne, is still fast on the rocks, she is leaking and her compartments have been filled with water to keep her from moving.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Sep 1913