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  • "She Shall Have Music Wherever She Goes:  Schooner Days XI (11)
    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. <milestone ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Apr 1931   "SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC WHEREVER SHE GOES" Schooner Days XI (11) Magistrate ...
  • 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 ...
  • WHITE OAK of OAKVILLE: Schooner Days LIX (59)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 29 Oct 1932     WHITE OAK of OAKVILLE Schooner Days LIX (59) In Collin's Inlet, up in Georgian Bay this summer, lay an old hulk, weathered, sun-blistered, in the last stages of decrepitude. Her bulwarks were missing in spots. Her decks were going. Wild sweet clover had ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 29 Oct 1932   WHITE OAK of OAKVILLE Schooner Days LIX (59) In Collin's Inlet, up ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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) Nearly all ...
  • 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 many pleasures in ...
  • Accompanying KATE: Schooner Days CXXII (122)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 20 Jan 1934     Accompanying KATE Schooner Days CXXII (122) By C. H. J. Snider KATE CHISHOLM was as sweet a girl as ever crossed the Sixteen Mile Creek; but the Kate of Oakville, called after her was as cross and cantankerous as ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 20 Jan 1934   Accompanying KATE Schooner Days CXXII (122) By C. H. J. Snider KATE ...
  • Rigs, Salt and Fresh: Schooner Days CXXVIII (128)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Mar 1934     Rigs, Salt and Fresh Schooner Days CXXVIII (128) ON the Great Lakes rigs of sailing vessels differed sharply from those on salt water. Sailors had a laugh the other day over some Innocent letterpress about the model of "the Schooner Tern." Those of ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Mar 1934   Rigs, Salt and Fresh Schooner Days CXXVIII (128) ON the Great Lakes ...
  • "Spences of Saugeen"-Some of Their Ships: Schooner Days CCXXVIII (228)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Feb 1936     "Spences of Saugeen"- Some of Their Ships Schooner Days CCXXVIII (228) As soon as Capt. John Spence's little boys were able to toddle up the gangplank he took them sailing with him--Johnny and Harry and Willy and ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Feb 1936   "Spences of Saugeen"- Some of Their Ships Schooner Days CCXXVIII (228) As ...
  • Ships of the Huron Shore: Schooner Days CCXXX (230)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Mar 1936     Ships of the Huron Shore Schooner Days CCXXX (230) "PRACTICALLY all the lumber, cordwood, railroad ties and paving cedar cut off the whole Saugeen Indian Peninsula in Bruce County was carried to the growing cities down ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Mar 1936   Ships of the Huron Shore Schooner Days CCXXX (230) "PRACTICALLY all the ...
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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.