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  • Arrows of Easter: Schooner Days X (10)
        ARROWS OF EASTER Schooner Days X (10)

    In this Magistrate J. J. O'Connor, who went through the school of experience in the lake schooners before he became District Magistrate for Thunder Bay, tells of how fathers loved their sons and sailors loved their craft, ...

      ARROWS OF EASTER Schooner Days X (10)

    In this Magistrate J. ...

  • "Blue Banner of the Covenant": Schooner Days XCII (92)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 17 Jun 1933     "Blue Banner of the Covenant" Schooner Days XCII (92)

    How its faraway influence worked out in the operation of the famous Muir Brothers' drydock at Port Dalhousie.

    ALL the Muirs were ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 17 Jun 1933   "Blue Banner of the Covenant" Schooner Days XCII (92) ...
  • "Port Muir": Schooner Days XC (90)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Jun 1933     "Port Muir" Schooner Days XC (90)

    It has been suggested, and with reason, that a suitable recognition of the enterprise of the Muir brothers, pioneer lake mariners, who did so much to develop the marine industry on fresh water, would be to name the new Lake Ontario ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Jun 1933   "Port Muir" Schooner Days XC (90)

    It has been suggested, and with ...

  • Crowds and Sites: Schooner Days XCVI (96)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 15 Jul 1933     Crowds and Sites Schooner Days XCVI (96)

    Relieve the man for'ard and look out for lights and squalls. It is the Old Man's watch below and the Doctor takes a trick at the wheel.

    IN the ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 15 Jul 1933   Crowds and Sites Schooner Days XCVI (96)

    Relieve the ...

  • A Schooner Scow and A ThoroughBred: Schooner Days XCVII (97)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Jul 1933     ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Jul 1933   ...
  • End of the Edward Blake: Schooner Days XCV (95)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 8 Jul 1933     End of the Edward Blake Schooner Days XCV (95)

    And some others as well. That invaluable correspondent, John Rudolph Redfern Macdonald, Goderich fisherman, better and more briefly known as "Red," comes on deck with the fate of the schooner ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 8 Jul 1933   End of the Edward Blake Schooner Days XCV (95) ...
  • Slow and Sluggish But "Good News" withal: Schooner Days XCIX (99)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Aug 1933     Slow and Sluggish But "Good News" withal Schooner Days XCIX (99)

    Like many another stonehooker, the Good News was built for better things. When her keel was laid by the brothers Ganley, her builders announced that the finished product of their ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Aug 1933   Slow and Sluggish But "Good News" withal Schooner Days XCIX (99)
  • Don Dry Dock has Wandered 1,000 Miles: Schooner Days C. (100)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 12 Aug 1933     Don Dry Dock has Wandered 1,000 Miles Schooner Days C. (100)

    IT was a long pull and a strong pull. It started at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and continued for two weeks and ended at Toronto. It was accomplished by the Great Lakes tugs Clark and ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 12 Aug 1933   Don Dry Dock has Wandered 1,000 Miles Schooner Days C. (100)
  • More Brothers: Schooner Days LXXIV (74)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Feb 1933     More Brothers Schooner Days LXXIV (74)

    ONE of the many pleasures in running over the names of the seventeen hundred and forty-two lake vessels listed by this compiler is the recurrence of the name "Brothers."

    There was the small schooner ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Feb 1933   More Brothers Schooner Days LXXIV (74)

    ONE of the ...

  • Mosquito Fleet: Schooner Days LXXI (71)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 21 Jan 1933     Mosquito Fleet or Vulgar Jim's Vengeance SCHOONER DAYS LXXI (71)

    Nearly all of them scows of from 20 to 50 tons, and manned largely by French-Canadians, the "Lake St. Clair Mosquito Fleet" carried cordwood, tan bark, slabs, jags of lumber ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 21 Jan 1933   Mosquito Fleet or Vulgar Jim's Vengeance SCHOONER DAYS LXXI (71)
  • Timber Droghing : Schooner Days LXVIII (68)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 31 Dec 1932     TIMBER DROGHING SCHOONER DAYS LXVIII. (68)

    What the original "drogher" was Noah only knows. The name looks like an Irish one, but isn't. The word comes from our own Anglo-Saxon verb "drag." In the West Indies they call the little coasters that carry rum and sugar or ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 31 Dec 1932   TIMBER DROGHING SCHOONER DAYS LXVIII. (68)

    What the original "drogher" was Noah ...

  • Great Gales:  Schooner Days XXII (22)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 27 Jun 1931     Great Gales Schooner Days XXII (22)

    Navigation of the Great Lakes is just as perilous as navigation of the ocean. If the seas there run longer and higher, the seas here run shorter and steeper. An added factor of danger in the lakes is the peril of the tee ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 27 Jun 1931   Great Gales Schooner Days XXII (22)

    Navigation of the Great Lakes ...

  • Passages: Schooner Days XV (15)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 9 May 1931     Passages Schooner Days XV (15)

    The Gulnare's and the Wood Duck's--Yacht Atlantic's record has stood for twenty-six years--Who has facts on fast passages under sail on the lakes?

    "Now I'll tell one, " said Doc, wiping his ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 9 May 1931   Passages Schooner Days XV (15)

    The Gulnare's and the Wood Duck's--Yacht Atlantic's ...

  • Frank Jackman Started to Sea at 8: Schooner Days XXXVI (36)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 27 Feb 1932     Frank Jackman Started to Sea at 8 Schooner Days XXXVI (36)

    Frank Jackman was a good sailorman, a good tug man, a good business man, and a good dresser. He was, indeed, a tonsorial and sartorial delight. To meet Frank uptown was to learn ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 27 Feb 1932   Frank Jackman Started to Sea at 8 Schooner Days XXXVI (36)
  • White Oak Shavings: Schooner Days LXX (70)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 Jan 1932     White Oak Shavings Schooner Days LXX (70)

    Had the White Oak of Oakville, been christened the G. K. Chisholm or Dominion or Alice, the chances are that her undoubted merits would not have rescued her from oblivion. As it was, her happy name gave her a personality which ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 Jan 1932   White Oak Shavings Schooner Days LXX (70)

    Had the White Oak of ...

  • Brothers Under the Horns: Schooner Days LXIII (73)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 4 Feb 1933     Brothers Under the Horns Schooner Days LXXIII (73)

    This story of the Brothers of Bronte, came from Capt Joseph Williams, of Simcoe Point, Pickering, hale and eighty-two, one afternoon during this last Christmastide, while he was visiting his sister, Miss Daisy Williams, ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 4 Feb 1933   Brothers Under the Horns Schooner Days LXXIII (73)

    This story of the ...

  • Birthday Party: Schooner Days LXXV (75)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Feb 1933     Birthday Party Schooner Days LXXV (75)

    Capt. Joseph Williams recalls when they loaded flour in Duffins' Creek, and a Grand Trunk engine nipped the nose off a schooner that climbed the Esplanade. --Worthy scion of worthy pioneer from Kew on the ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Feb 1933   Birthday Party Schooner Days LXXV (75)

    Capt. Joseph Williams ...

  • Riddle of Lighthouse Point: Schooner Days LXI (61)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 12 Nov 1932     Riddle of Lighthouse Point Schooner Days LXI (60)

    This season's low water has again uncovered an ancient wreck on the south shore of the Island, just around the south-west corner, before you come to the old stone lighthouse. Every "ebb" ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 12 Nov 1932   Riddle of Lighthouse Point Schooner Days LXI (60)

    This ...

  • "Corpse-Lights": Schooner Days XVI (16)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 16 May 1931     "Corpse-Lights" Schooner Days XVI (16)

    Safe comes the ship to harbour

    Through billows and through gales,

    If once the great Twin Brethren

    Sit shining on her sails."

    Continuing his early ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 16 May 1931   "Corpse-Lights" Schooner Days XVI (16)

    Safe comes the ship to harbour

    Through ...

  • Half-Past-Six: Schooner Days LXXVII (77)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 4 Mar 1933     HALF-PAST-SIX SCHOONER DAYS LXXVII. (77)

    It must have been a fearful gale on the 27th of November, 1860, for the old file of the Toronto Leader thus outlines the night's ravages, in a Kingston despatch: --

    "Barque St. ...

    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 4 Mar 1933   HALF-PAST-SIX SCHOONER DAYS LXXVII. (77)

    It must have been ...

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Schooner Days


"Schooner Days was a newspaper column which ran Saturdays in the Telegram for more than a quarter of a century beginning in 1931. In it, C.H.J. Snider described in vivid detail the lake shipping scene of the late nineteenth century, touching on both sail and steam, and drawing on experience gained from his own years of service aboard such sailing vessels as the ALBACORE and the famous STUART H. DUNN. Many accounts draw on the memories of a wide range of correspondents from around the Lakes.