The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Oct 1913

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p.1 Marine Accidents - Point Pelee, Lake Erie, Oct. 1st - The City of London, a wooden freighter, rammed the steel steamer Morrow, and both were badly damaged.

Sault Ste. Marie, Oct. 1st - The freighter Rees rammed the freighter Prince Rupert, in the Canadian canal, and traffic is suspended.


A despatch from Sault Ste. Marie says: In a collision just above the Canadian canal on Tuesday evening, between the freighter W.D. Rees of the Wilson Transit company's line, and the Canadian bulk freighter Prince Rupert, owned by the Calvin company of Kingston, the Rees had a big hole torn in her port side about amidships, while the extent of damage sustained by the Prince Rupert is yet undetermined.

The Rees was downbound and headed for the American canal, while the Canadian vessel, bound up with steel rail from Sydney, N.S., had just left the Canadian canal. The boats met at Vidal Shoals, both moving at a fair rate of speed, and the impact was terrific. Capt. Sutherland of the Rees was on the bridge at the time of the accident, and when he realized the extent to which his vessel had been damaged he signalled for full speed ahead and drove the Rees hard into the bank to prevent her from sinking, not, however, before her stern had sunk to the water line.

The Prince Rupert turned about and headed for the Steel Plant dock, where she now lies. The Prince Rupert was built in 1908. She is 249 feet long and has a beam of 43 feet, her tonnage is 1,172. The steamer Prince Rupert was sailed by Captain Patrick Sullivan, of St. Catharines.


Ottawa, Oct. 1st - Hon. Robert Rogers in a statement given to the conservative press, on Monday, declared that "the grit press, as well as the central bureau of liberal information, are, as usual, very industrious in their efforts to excite sympathy. In the hope of accomplishing this they are apparently willing to go to the length of the publication of false and lying statements, for when they cry, and attempt to justify their tears, by the statement that I have put through an order-in-council changing the name of "Sir Wilfred" on a government dredge to P.W.D. No. 117, they make a statement that is a deliberate lie, and false in every particular."

In the Canada Gazette of September 13th there appeared the following official notice under the head of "Government Notices": "Public notice is hereby given that under the provisions of sec. 27 of the Canada Shipping Act, the minister of marine and fisheries has granted permission to change the name of the dredge Sir Wilfred of the port of Toronto, Ont., official number 112,186, to that of P.W.D. No. 117."

"P.W.D." stands for "Public Works Department," over which Hon. Robert Rogers presides. Whether or not Mr. Rogers will now charge the Canada Gazette with "deliberate lying," remains to be seen.



The steamer John Rolph is at the Kingston Shipbuilding company's dock.

The schooner St. Louis cleared for Charlotte.

The schooner Katie Eccles, loading feldspar at Richardson's elevator, cleared for Charlotte.

The steamer Sowards cleared for Oswego.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Bronson from Montreal, three light barges; steamer Advance, grain-laden from Port Colborne, passed on her way to Montreal; steamer Canadian, grain-laden from Fort William, is due to discharge on Thursday evening; steamer Fisher, grain-laden from Duluth, is due to discharge Friday morning.

The steamer Belleville passed down on Wednesday morning.

The steamer Arabian was floated at the drydock on Wednesday morning.

p.8 Collided In Welland Canal - A report received in the city, on Wednesday afternoon, states that the steamer W.B. Ketchem, sailed by Capt. Redfern, of the steamer Toronto, and the steamer Beaverton, met in a collision in the Welland canal, on Wednesday morning. The steamer Beaverton has been undergoing repairs at the Kingston Shipbuilding company's wharf for the past month, and was on her first trip.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Oct 1913