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  • Arrows of Easter: Schooner Days X (10)
    NewspaperImageText       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, ...

    NewspaperImageText     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 ...

  • Sophia and Sisters: Schooner Days LII (52)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Jun 1932     Sophia and Sisters Schooner Days LII (52)

    Delving into the records of lake vessels which ventured to cross the Atlantic when wind was the motive power and all work was done by hand, the following "cockleshells" appear among the earliest. None of these vessels was over ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Jun 1932   Sophia and Sisters Schooner Days LII (52)

    Delving into the records of lake vessels which ventured to cross the Atlantic when wind was the motive power and all work was ...

  • The Horse Boy: Schooner Days LXVII (67)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 24 Dec 1932     The HORSE BOY Schooner Days LXVII (67)

    Being an attempt to expound a dead-and-done institution of early sailing days on the Great Lakes.


    IT was always a mystery of the old lakers how the horseboy managed to put in his time.

    The ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 24 Dec 1932   The HORSE BOY Schooner Days LXVII (67)

    Being an attempt to expound a dead-and-done institution of early sailing days on the Great Lakes.


    IT was always a ...

  • Great Gardenia is No More:  Schooner Days CCCC (400)
    Newspaper  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Jun 1939, Section Sports, p. 1     GARDENIA IS NO MORE Schooner Days CCCC By C. H. J. SNIDER

    SHE was the last queen of a proud line, the cutters of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club fleet. Gardenia was her name.

    Long and noble was the succes­sion. The old iron Rivet, built be­ fore the days of ...

    Newspaper  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Jun 1939, Section Sports, p. 1   GARDENIA IS NO MORE Schooner Days CCCC By C. H. J. SNIDER

    SHE was the last queen of a proud line, the cutters of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club fleet. ...

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

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 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 ...

  • The Ship of Stone: Schooner Days XXIV (24)
    NewspaperImageText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Aug 1931     The Ship of Stone SCHOONER DAYS XXIV. (24)

    Graven in grey granite a ship of stone sails serenely above her master on Lake Huron's shore.

    High above the winding Maitland River, high on a hilltop which in life was their ...

    NewspaperImageText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Aug 1931   The Ship of Stone SCHOONER DAYS XXIV. (24)

    Graven in grey granite a ship of stone sails serenely above her master on Lake Huron's shore.

    High above ...

  • The Julia B. Merrill:  Schooner Days XXI (21)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 20 Jun 1931     The JULIA B. MERRILL Schooner Days XXI (21)

    Something about the old schooner ending her days as a Sunnyside attraction.

    There has been much sympathy for John Currie's warmly worded letter from Mimico on the subject of the ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 20 Jun 1931   The JULIA B. MERRILL Schooner Days XXI (21)

    Something about the old schooner ending her days as a Sunnyside attraction.

    There has been much sympathy for John ...

  • Blue Oak and Old Anchors: Schooner Days CCCCI (401)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 10 Jun 1939     Blue Oak and Old Anchors Schooner Days CCCCI (401) by C. H. J. Snider

    NAUTICAL research is coming into its own on Lake Huron. At Southampton they have dredged up an anchor which they say belonged to the schooner Ontario, wrecked forty or fifty years ago on the beach ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 10 Jun 1939   Blue Oak and Old Anchors Schooner Days CCCCI (401) by C. H. J. Snider

    NAUTICAL research is coming into its own on Lake Huron. At Southampton they have dredged up ...

  • "She Shall Have Music Wherever She Goes:  Schooner Days XI (11)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Apr 1931     "SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC WHEREVER SHE GOES" Schooner Days XI (11)

    Magistrate J. J. O'Connor's account of how the old lakers were decorated moves another graduate of the school of schooner sailors to describe a Lake Erie debutante and others.

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Apr 1931   "SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC WHEREVER SHE GOES" Schooner Days XI (11)

    Magistrate J. J. O'Connor's account of how the old lakers were decorated moves another graduate of the school ...

  • Flies and Flags -- and Lord Dufferin's Escape:
Schooner Days CCCVI (406)
    NewspaperImageText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 15 Jul 1939     Flies and Flags -- and Lord Dufferin's Escape Schooner Days CCCVI (406)

    by C. H. J. Snider


    WHEN schooners thronged the lakes their characteristic decoration was a long slim cone of bunting streaming from the main and mizzen trucks.

    This ...

    NewspaperImageText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 15 Jul 1939   Flies and Flags -- and Lord Dufferin's Escape Schooner Days CCCVI (406)

    by C. H. J. Snider


    WHEN schooners thronged the lakes their characteristic decoration was a long ...

  • "Six Ships": Schooner Days XXV (25)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 29 Aug 1931     "SIX SHIPS" Schooner Days XXV (25).

    "Six Ships Vernon" was the nickname of that British Vice-Admiral of the Blue who invented grog; and who boasted, and made good his boast that, given half a dozen vessels he would beat the Spaniards out of Porto ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 29 Aug 1931   "SIX SHIPS" Schooner Days XXV (25).

    "Six Ships Vernon" was the nickname of that British Vice-Admiral of the Blue who invented grog; and who boasted, and made good his boast ...

  • "Of Wellington Square:" Schooner Days XXVI (26)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Sep 1931     "of WELLINGTON SQUARE" SCHOONER DAYS XXVI (26)

    Before going on with the Azov, last fore-and-after on Lake Huron, would you care to make a voyage to a vanished port?

    "When father got her in 1900," said Redfern ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Sep 1931   "of WELLINGTON SQUARE" SCHOONER DAYS XXVI (26)

    Before going on with the Azov, last fore-and-after on Lake Huron, would you care to make a voyage to a ...

  • How 'Captain Jim' Kept Oakville Light Burning: Schooner Days XXVIII (28)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 19 Sep 1931     How 'Captain Jim' Kept Oakville Light Burning SCHOONER DAYS XXVIII (28)

    Jim Quinn of Oakville--not to be confused with Jimmy Quinn of Toronto, who is still briskly commanding one of the R. C. Y. C. steamers--was born in Oakville, sailed the ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 19 Sep 1931   How 'Captain Jim' Kept Oakville Light Burning SCHOONER DAYS XXVIII (28)

    Jim Quinn of Oakville--not to be confused with Jimmy Quinn of Toronto, who is still briskly ...

  • Putting on the Dog: Schooner Days XXIX (29)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 26 Sep 1931     Putting on the Dog Schooner Days XXIX (29)

    There was never any general objection to sailing on a Friday, on the lakes, although many captains piously refrained from beginning a voyage on a Sunday. None was ever the worse for that. But ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 26 Sep 1931   Putting on the Dog Schooner Days XXIX (29)

    There was never any general objection to sailing on a Friday, on the lakes, although many captains piously refrained ...

  • The Black Dog of Lake Erie: Schooner Days XXX (30)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 10 Oct 1931     The "C. T. JENKINS" in this story was in fact the ISAAC G. JENKINS....
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 10 Oct 1931   The "C. T. JENKINS" in this story was in fact the ISAAC G. JENKINS....
  • Oakville's Grand Old Mariner: Schooner Days XXXI (31)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 16 Nov 1931     OAKVILLE'S GRAND OLD MARINER Schooner Days XXXI (31)

    Capt. Maurice Fitzgerald, of Oakville, is one of the last of the splendid old timers who sailed the lakes when sailing meant handling canvas, hauling on ropes, and complete dependence upon the breath of Boreas for ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 16 Nov 1931   OAKVILLE'S GRAND OLD MARINER Schooner Days XXXI (31)

    Capt. Maurice Fitzgerald, of Oakville, is one of the last of the splendid old timers who sailed the lakes when sailing meant ...

  • The Early Bird: Schooner Days XXXII (32)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Oct 1931     THE EARLY BIRD Schooner Days XXXII (32)

    Telling of Capt. Jas. McCannel, master of the C.P.R. steamer Assiniboia and leading collector of harbor master's hats on the Upper Lakes, Mrs. Champney says, in the Detroit News, that the custom of presenting the first arrival of ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Oct 1931   THE EARLY BIRD Schooner Days XXXII (32)

    Telling of Capt. Jas. McCannel, master of the C.P.R. steamer Assiniboia and leading collector of harbor master's hats on the Upper Lakes, Mrs. ...

  • Knights of Malta: Schooner Days IV (4)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 21 Feb 1931     Knights of Malta Schooner Days IV (4)

    That was a great yarn the Caithness Association heard last week from Capt. Jas. McCannel, of Port McNicol, master of the C.P. R. steamer Assiniboia, about the suspended sentence that still hangs fire over half the crew of the Malta, ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 21 Feb 1931   Knights of Malta Schooner Days IV (4)

    That was a great yarn the Caithness Association heard last week from Capt. Jas. McCannel, of Port McNicol, master of the C.P. R. ...

  • More About the Malta: Schooner Days V (5)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 Feb 1931     More About The Malta Schooner Days V (5)

    If the reader's memory goes back so far as to recall (per last week's Tely) how David Hunter hurled his crew through the courtroom window and the Collingwood police force after them, in order to avoid irritating delays in the ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 Feb 1931   More About The Malta Schooner Days V (5)

    If the reader's memory goes back so far as to recall (per last week's Tely) how David Hunter hurled his crew through ...

  • Scarlet Whiskers: Schooner Days VI (6)
    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Mar 1931     Scarlet Whiskers Schooner Days VI (6)

    Magistrate J. J. O'Connor, of Port Arthur, tells of meeting the Prime Minister of the Queen of the North.

    Coming down the lakes a few years ago on the palatial passenger steamer Huron I ...

    NewspaperText  Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Mar 1931   Scarlet Whiskers Schooner Days VI (6)

    Magistrate J. J. O'Connor, of Port Arthur, tells of meeting the Prime Minister of the Queen of the North.

    Coming down ...

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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.