Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Sep 1901
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p.2 Looked Like Their Calvin - Capt. Anthony Malone, of the R. & O. navigation company, resembles M.P.P. Calvin. [Toronto Telegram]



Steamer Melbourne passed down yesterday with Kingston passengers to Brockville without calling and returned them last night by train. The reason given was that she was so heavily laden she was afraid of grounding. This is a black eye to give a port, which has been noted as the first shipping port, because of the natural advantages and situation. Surely there is something wrong with the pilot or something else radically wrong with the harbor work performed. The big boats like the Rosemount and Bannockburn can come in again and again without touching, the probability is that the fault is with the pilot. Unquestionably, if the range marks be followed, it is a good safe channel. It is altogether too bad, however, that a magnificent route to the ocean is marred by such obstacles, as a few hundred yards of mud at the foot of Wolfe Island and an insufficient depth in the soft bottom of Kingston harbor. Money could be more usefully employed at these points than in many other places.

Survey Steamer Accident.

Capt. Ryan's dismissal after safe command of the survey steamer Jessie Bain has been followed within two weeks by the grounding of the boat on an island shoal. The government will have to pay a neat item for relief by the steamer Pierrepont, but fortunately the vessel has been floated without showing injury, saving a substantial bill for damages. She came near keeling over, however, and took in water, it is said. Even an infallible department may find it safer to bear the ills it has than fly to others it knows not of, decidely worse. Capt. Ryan has received a speedy, if only partial, justification. It is a pertinent question, was the steamer on duty or on a cruise when the accident occurred?

Along The Harbor.

The steamer St. Lawrence has gone into winter quarters.

The steambarge King Ben, from Oswego, is unloading coal at the ferry wharf.

The steamer Aletha went to Belleville today. She runs an excursion from bay ports to Napanee fair.

Craig's wharf: steamers Ocean and Melbourne down; Persia up; Lake Michigan from Lake Huron ports with salt.

Capt. Miller is again in command of the New Island Wanderer. Capt. Hudson is on the steamer Islander.

Swift's wharf: steamers Algerian (windbound for a day) from Hamilton; Kingston and North King on Sunday; Caspian, Charlotte to Sorel, to go into winter quarters.

The steamer New Island Wanderer went around the foot of Wolfe Island today to Cape Vincent, on account of the gale and heavy sea. The harbor presented a heavy scene today.

p.6 Kestrel Wind Trophy - Kingston yacht club's third race for Bruce Carruthers' trophy - Cock Robin, Verona, Geisha, Kestrel and Norma competed; Kestrel wins trophy with two firsts and a second and Verona was second.

Might Need The Battery - H.A. Calvin refused to accept any remuneration for sending a tug to rescue the battery yacht V.R.I., which ran on a shoal south of Wolfe Island on Friday evening, though pressed to do so by the officers on board. "I may get stuck in Kingston some day," he said, "and might want the battery to help me."

"You'll get it," replied the officer. "We'll tend to all your enemies." Mr. Calvin's kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

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16 Sep 1901
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Sep 1901