Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jan 1909
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p.4 Situation Is Better - "Thomas Fleming, the local agent of the Sailors' Union, who has just returned from attending the annual convention of the different unions, at Chicago" .... says the unemployed situation there is better than a year ago.


End of the Tecumseh

Goderich, Jan. 27th - As already reported to your paper, the steambarge Tecumseh, owned by Captain T. H. Tretheway, of Goderich, was burned to the water's edge on the morning of the 15th. Fire was discovered at 3:30 o'clock, and burned away for hours. The fire brigade went down to the harbor, but the Tecumseh lay on the north side of the river, along the breakwater, and fearing to walk over on the ice, such a stormy morning, the heroes returned. But they were better prepared with hose later, and went back to keep the fire from igniting lumber in the vicinity. No houses were in the vicinity, only a shanty a contractor had left standing, but it gave shelter to Mrs. Tretheway, who escaped clad only in her robe de nuit, and a skirt she chanced to pick up in her race for life up the hatchway. Mrs. Tretheway, her husband and his brother, were on the boat all the season of navigation, and as it was comfortable they remained upon it. Work was also being done upon the vessel. The Tecumseh was insured and the company will have $15,000 to pay. Other vessels lay at anchor alongside, but no damage was done them. At 4 p.m. the hull went down, the ice melting and filling the hold with water.

Jan. 29, 1909



Capt. "Max" Shaw has sold his schooner Bertha Kalkins, to Capt. John Gould and William Simmons. It is understood that the price paid was $3,500. The Bertha Kalkins is looked upon as one of the best vessels in the local fleet of coal carriers.

Stanley Smith, of Cataraqui street, has sold his sloop Gypsy to Capt. Patrick Mahoney. Mr. Smith will purchase a gasoline boat.

Several of the vessels are now undergoing the usual winter repairs. Capt. Horn is busy on the steamer Clara, making all necessary repairs. Capt. Hammond, of the steamer Stranger, is also a very busy man and the steamer Caspian is undergoing a general overhauling. The steamer Stranger will have a new deck, and will look quite spic and span when turned out on her first trip of the season.

Jan. 30, 1909

p.1 Died - At Collingwood, on Jan. 30th, Capt. R.C. Irwin, 79 Colborne St., Kingston. Funeral notice later.

p.5 Day's Episodes - Capt. Luke Mallon, of Cardinal, has been appointed captain of the steamer Bartlett of the Montreal Transportation company line. She was built in Scotland, and came over under her own steam.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jan 1909