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  • More About the Malta: Schooner Days V (5)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 Feb 1931   More About The Malta Schooner Days V (5) If the reader's memory ...
  • The Boy Mate: Schooner Days IX (9)
    C. H. J. Snider, Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 Mar 1931     Schooner Days IX (9) The Boy Mate By C.H.J. Snider The late Magistrate J.J. O'Connor, of Port Arthur, continuing his lake-going experiences, tells of something that made him very, very angry in the good ship Wood Duck. <p ...
    C. H. J. Snider, Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 Mar 1931   Schooner Days IX (9) The Boy Mate By C.H.J. Snider The late ...
  • The EMERALD Mystery: Schooner Days XIII (13)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 25 Apr 1931     The EMERALD Mystery Schooner Days XIII (13) Magistrate O'Connor's mention last week of big profits in the "last trip in the fall," when he was a sailor, was seasoned with the reminder that there were big losses, too. This recalled to another "sailor of the sail" living ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 25 Apr 1931   The EMERALD Mystery Schooner Days XIII (13) Magistrate O'Connor's mention last week ...
  • 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 is ...
  • Great Gale of 1880: Schooner Days XXIII (23)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), July 4, 1931     Great Gale of 1880 Schooner Days No. XXIII For forty years almost, Capt. David Reynolds was master of the Royal Canadian Yacht club launches Esmeralda, Hiawatha and Kwasind. His trips across the Bay, on their half-hour schedule, would have taken him twice around the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), July 4, 1931   Great Gale of 1880 Schooner Days No. XXIII For forty years almost, ...
  • "Of Wellington Square:" Schooner Days XXVI (26)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Sep 1931   "of WELLINGTON SQUARE" SCHOONER DAYS XXVI (26) Before going on with the ...
  • White Cedar Yawl Boat: Schooner Days XXVII (27)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 12 Sep 1931     This vessel, bound from Johnston Harbour to Chatham with lumber, became waterlogged in a squall off Pointe Auz Barques on the American shore of Lake Huron on October 25, 1911. Captain John McDonald ana his crew of six got into the yawl boat and after an arduous trop across the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 12 Sep 1931   This vessel, bound from Johnston Harbour to Chatham with lumber, became waterlogged ...
  • How 'Captain Jim' Kept Oakville Light Burning: Schooner Days XXVIII (28)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 19 Sep 1931   How 'Captain Jim' Kept Oakville Light Burning SCHOONER DAYS XXVIII (28) Jim ...
  • The Black Dog of Lake Erie: Schooner Days XXX (30)
    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...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 10 Oct 1931   The "C. T. JENKINS" in this story was in fact the ISAAC ...
  • Oakville's Grand Old Mariner: Schooner Days XXXI (31)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 16 Nov 1931   OAKVILLE'S GRAND OLD MARINER Schooner Days XXXI (31) Capt. Maurice Fitzgerald, of ...
  • Steelstem: Schooner Days XXXIII (33)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 9 Jan 1932     Steelstem SCHOONER DAYS XXXIII (33) The old lad's cable had run out past the seventy-fathom shackle, but he appeared to have another whole shot in the locker. He was deftly knotting gill-nets in a Bronte fish house, and at the same time looking over last Saturday's ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 9 Jan 1932   Steelstem SCHOONER DAYS XXXIII (33) The old lad's cable had run out ...
  • The BLANCHE: Schooner Days, LVII (57) [probably LVIII/58]
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 8 Oct 1932     The BLANCHE Schooner Days, LVII (57) [probably LVIII/58] It is going on forty-five years since the Blanche of Colborne vanished with all hands. Yet still Cat Hollow men stare hard towards the Scotch Bonnet of moonlight nights, to catch, if may be, the gleam of her ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 8 Oct 1932   The BLANCHE Schooner Days, LVII (57) [probably LVIII/58] It is going on ...
  • 47 Years Ago 37 Lost with the "Algoma": Schooner Days LX (60)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Nov 1932     47 Years Ago 37 Lost with the "Algoma" Schooner Days LX (60) It may be straining the sense of "Schooner Days" to include herein the account of one of the major shipwrecks of the lakes, when the central figure was not a sailing vessel, but a steamer, but three ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Nov 1932   47 Years Ago 37 Lost with the "Algoma" Schooner Days LX (60) ...
  • 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 season's low water ...
  • The CONDUCTOR: Schooner Days LXIII (63)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 26 Nov 1932     The CONDUCTOR Schooner Days LXIII (63) It was seventy-eight years ago last Thursday--November 24th, 1354--that Abigail Becker rescued the crew of the schooner Conductor, wrecked on Long Point, Lake Erie, and thus ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 26 Nov 1932   The CONDUCTOR Schooner Days LXIII (63) It was seventy-eight years ago last ...
  • Spade Work on the Wreck: Schooner Days LXIV. (64)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Dec 1932     Spade Work on the Wreck Schooner Days LXIV. (64) They say the spade is really the best archaeologist. It was applied last Saturday to that ancient wreck on the island shore which has defied all comers to give it a name. It was a bitter cold day, ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Dec 1932   Spade Work on the Wreck Schooner Days LXIV. (64) They say the ...
  • Through the Snow: Schooner Days LXV (65)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 10 Dec 1932     THROUGH THE SNOW Schooner Days LXV (65) Dozens of identifications of the ancient wreck on the south shore of the Island, which reappears with each period of low water, have been received by The Telegram, in response to requests. Reason for supposing ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 10 Dec 1932   THROUGH THE SNOW Schooner Days LXV (65) Dozens of identifications of the ...
  • Two Rats and Vanished Vessel: Schooner Days LXVI (66)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 17 Dec 1932     TWO RATS AND VANISHED VESSEL Schooner Days LXVI. (66) Many more guesses at the identity of the ancient wreck which reappears with each season of low water, on the south shore of the Island, opposite the lighthouse, have been received by The Telegram. It is a strange ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 17 Dec 1932   TWO RATS AND VANISHED VESSEL Schooner Days LXVI. (66) Many more guesses ...
  • Belle Sheridan: Schooner Days LXIX (69)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Jan 1933     BELLE SHERIDAN SCHOONER DAYS LXIX. (69) In old Albert Hall, on the east side of Yonge street, between Queen and Shuter, about where Scholes' Hotel is now, the Longshoremen's Union used to gather for concerts and dances when the hall ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Jan 1933   BELLE SHERIDAN SCHOONER DAYS LXIX. (69) In old Albert Hall, on the ...
  • The Lady Elgin: Schooner Days LXXII (72)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 Jan 1933     The LADY ELGIN Schooner Days LXXII (72) Writing from Burlington, "I. S. B. " mentions that it was stated some time ago in this column that the schooner Col. Cook was one which attempted the voyage to Europe from the lakes in 1858; and the Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 Jan 1933   The LADY ELGIN Schooner Days LXXII (72) Writing from Burlington, "I. S. ...
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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.