Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Feb 1909
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p.1 Leaves Rutland Line - Ogdensburg, N.Y., Feb. 1st - Following his resignation as manager of the Rutland Transit Steamboat line, operating between this city and Chicago, effective March 1st, Walter J. Douglas will enter the vessel brokerage business at Cleveland. It is stated that the general offices will be transferred from this city to those of the Western Transit company in Buffalo.



The sad news reached the city on Saturday morning of the death, in Collingwood general hospital, of Capt. Robert C. Irwin, of 79 Colborne street. Two months ago, when overseeing the placing of the steamer Wexford in winter quarters at Collingwood, Capt. Irwin was stricken with illness which developed into typhoid pneumonia, and he has been in hospital ever since. His wife was in constant attendance upon him till the last. The remains arrived here Sunday morning.

The deceased captain was the son of the late Capt. John Irwin, and was born in Kingston forty years ago. He followed in the footsteps of his father and became a mariner. For eleven years he was with the M.T. company, being six or seven years on the Minnedosa, which his late father also commanded. Four years ago he entered the service of the Algoma Central Steamship company, of Sault Ste. Marie, and was in command of the steamer Wexford.

Capt. Irwin is survived by his wife and six children. In religion he was an Anglican, a member of St. Paul's church, and in politics a conservative. He was a member of the A.O.U.W.

(Ancient Order of United Workmen - ed.)


Prescott And The Burg.

The Quebec and Levis Ferry company have decided to tender for the Ogdensburg ferry licenses and to apply to the Dominion government for a license to run in and out of Prescott. The Folger company of Kingston are making enquiries from Mayor Daniels as to service and prospective revenues. They have suggested selling or leasing a suitable boat to the two towns to run a municipal ferry. This idea, however, does not seem to strike the citizens favorably. [Prescott Messenger]


The Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of the Calvin Company Limited will be held at the office of the Company at Garden Island, on Tuesday, the 9th day of February, 1909, at one o'clock p.m.



Will meet at their rooms, Clarence St., at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, to attend the funeral of our late Brother Capt. R.C. Irwin. All Marine Men respectfully invited to meet with us.

JNO. DOYLE (Capt.,) Secretary.


The members of the A.O.U.W. will meet at the residence of the late Capt. Irwin, cor. Colborne and Barrie Sts., at 2 p.m. Tuesday, to attend the funeral.

By order, Geo. Thompson, M.W.

Feb. 2, 1909

p.2 City Council - Other Business - A petition was received from reeve, council and electors of the township of Wolfe Island, to grant free landing for the steamer Wolfe Islander in the city.

J.W. Spoor, reeve, appeared before the council, and explained the situation. He said the township had to pay a rental of $125 to Swift's, and as the steamer was not on a paying basis, and as the city derived a great benefit from the use of the wharf, that the corporation pay $100 to assist the payment. The matter was referred to the finance committee.

On motion of Alds. Elliott and Givens, the matter of the wharf line, referred to the harbor master for a report, was allowed to stand over until the next meeting, as additional time is desired.



In a judgement in Montreal, Miss Lottie Ivers recovered $102.10 from the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company. On August 6th, 1906, plaintiff took passage for Toronto on the company's steamer Hamilton. Her ticket included stateroom accommodation and meals. Kingston was reached on the following evening, at about ten o'clock. Plaintiff determined to stroll through the city with her cabin companion, Miss McLeod. They took care, ere starting, to fasten the shutter on the outside of the window and to lock the door. On their return, within half an hour, the ladies found that the room had been forcibly entered through the window, plaintiff's valise broken open, and the items now claimed stolen from it. Breaches of two other staterooms had occurred during the same interval. Plaintiff places her total loss at $127.10.

This sum includes a gold ring set worth $100, and two other rings and a bracelet. Appeal was made to the Court of Review, and the opinion of the majority of the court is that plaintiff cannot recover for the jewellery left in her cabin without notice to the officers of the vessel. A passenger who conceals the presence in his personal baggage of the enumerated articles in a sense deludes the carrier, provokes a lesser vigilance, and is himself guilty of negligence. The language of section 3 is peremptory to that effect. We strike out of the condemnation all that covers the rings and bracelet.

The judgement is reduced to $10.15, with costs to plaintiff as in an action of that class, and with costs against her of this court.

Feb. 3, 1909



To Again Mann The Steamer Wolfe Islander.

Wolfe Island, Feb. 3rd - ....The council acted wisely when it again engaged Capt. Crawford and Gregory Keegan as purser for 1909. The engineer has not been engaged as yet, he wanting fifteen days before deciding. The above officers have given general satisfaction during the past year. It is to be hoped that the same crew that manned her last season will be reengaged for we have heard nothing but praise in their behalf.


Ottawa, Feb. 3rd - The Labor Gazette in reviewing the transportation developments of 1908, says the most important feature was the unprecedented heavy movement of western grain during three months immediately preceeding the close of navigation. The quantity shipped may nearly double that shipped in 1907. Kingston occupied a prominent place in the destination of cargoes to Canadian ports. The figures are as follows:

Tiffin, 7,191,842 bushels; Kingston, 5,388,438; Goderich, 4,834,862; Montreal, 3,762,720; Owen Sound, 1,355,167; Point Edward, 4,169,848; Depot Harbor, 1,054,556; Collingwood 791,328; Meaford, 752,784; Midland, 671,496; Thorold, 343,844; Port Colborne, 186,094; Prescott, 109,114.

p.7 Wolfe Island Ball - Wolfe Island, Feb. 2nd - The sailors' ball took place in the C.M.B.A. hall, last night, and was largely attended, eighty-four couples being present. Davis' orchestra furnished their usual catchy music, and a most enjoyable time was spent by all. The committee in charge was composed of D. La Rush, Joseph McAvoy, W. Russell, James Hulton and L. La Rush......Council held its second meeting on February 1st. Capt. Crawford, G. Keegan and Rallie Mullin were secured for 1909, as officers on the ferry steamer. It is likely that James Davis, the obliging mate of last year, will also accept a position....

p.8 Day's Episodes - Capt. James Martin has resigned from the Ogdensburg Coal and Towing company, to take command of the steamer Samuel Marshall, of Brockville, running from Cleveland to Quebec.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Feb 1909