Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Feb 1909
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Government May Possibly Take It Over.

Whitby, Feb. 22nd - The assumption by the Dominion government of Whitby harbor as a public work of Canada long earnestly desired by the people of this town as well as throughout South Ontario, appears now to be nearer accomplishment than ever before. Owned by a company of which there are but two shareholders of equal interest, John McLellan of Bowmanville, and David Galbraith, Whitby, the former has informed F. Fowke, M.P., of his decision to accept from the government for the harbor, elevators and lands of the company $15,000, a price that meets with the approval of the members and supporters of the government generally in this riding.

At a meeting here, on Saturday afternoon, attended by Warden Mowbray, prominent liberals and supporters of Mr. Fowke, the latter expressed his willingness to urge upon the government the purchase of the harbor at the price mentioned. This is practically the only harbor of refuge between Cobourg and Toronto. While Mr. Galbraith has not yet agreed with his partner upon the amount as above, the citizens are hopeful that a settlement along the lines indicated will shortly be reached.

Feb. 23, 1909

p.2 Capt. Noonan Suggested - Capt. Daniel Noonan, the well known marine man and general manager of the Rideau line of steamers, has been nominated by a large number of friends and admirers for the position of inspector of marine lights, made vacant by the forced resignation of C. Fraser. The Kingston liberal executive have unanimously endorsed Capt. Noonan, who is well qualified in every particular to fill the position. [Canadian Freeman]

p.2 Waterworks Report - ......The superintendent reported that some repairs must be made on the waterworks wharf. The cost would be about $200....



To Material in Canadian Shipbuilding Company's Yards.

Toronto, Feb. 23rd - At Osgoode, this morning, the Hamilton and Fort William Navigation company obtained an order declaring it to be entitled to any material in the yards of the Canadian Shipbuilding company not used, and if any of this material is found not to belong to the navigation company, it is to be returned on a security of $40,000. This material was to be used by the shipbuilding company in the building of a freighter for $297,000. The navigation company paid some $30,000 of this amount and claimed the return of the money or the material when the shipbuilding company went into liquidation.

Feb. 24, 1909

p.2 Purchased Steambarge - John Sowards has purchased the steambarge Rand, which is at present in Port Huron, and will use the vessel for the coal trade this summer. The steamer has a capacity for 300 tons. Capt. "Mack" Shaw will be in command of the vessel.

Steamer Rialto Destroyed - The steamer Rialto was burned to the water's edge at Detroit, Mich. Albert Simmons, of Kingston, was engaged to sail in the vessel this season. The steamer Rialto has been engaged in the lumber trade in Michigan.

p.6 Steamer Aletha Sold - Capt. Roys has sold the steamer Aletha to E.E. Horsey, general manager of the Lake Ontario & Bay of Quinte Navigation company. It is understood the price paid was about $7,900. Capt. Roys has again gone south to remain till the spring. Quite a number of parties were after the Aletha but Mr. Horsey made the hightest bid.

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22 Feb 1909
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Feb 1909