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  • 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 ...
  • Braving the Briny: Schooner Days LI (51)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Jun 1932     Braving the Briny Schooner Days LI (51) This world is getting smaller and smaller. Only last month we had the steamer Grenland, of Skien, Norway, at Hamilton, with coal, seventeen days out from Wales, and clearing for Detroit, to load pitch for ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Jun 1932   Braving the Briny Schooner Days LI (51) This world is getting smaller ...
  • Pirates in Chains and St. Catharines Slaver Alexander Muir Saw:  Schooner Days LXXX. (80)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Mar 1933     PIRATES IN CHAINS AND ST. CATHARINES SLAVER ALEXANDER MUIR SAW Schooner Days LXXX. (80) First drydock to be built on the Welland Canal, and now the last of eight which have flourished on that Great Lakes highway, Muir ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Mar 1933   PIRATES IN CHAINS AND ST. CATHARINES SLAVER ALEXANDER MUIR SAW Schooner Days ...
  • Dalhousie to Dublin: Schooner Days LXXXV (85)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 29 Apr 1933     Dalhousie to Dublin Schooner Days LXXXV (85) Resuming the history of the Muir Brothers, whose famous drydock at Port Dalhousie, built in 1850, is still a going concern, we come to their "barque" Niagara, a lake pitcher which went once too often to the well of the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 29 Apr 1933   Dalhousie to Dublin Schooner Days LXXXV (85) Resuming the history of the ...
  • Great "A" Fleet: Schooner Days LXXXVI. (86)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 6 May 1933     Great "A" Fleet Schooner Days LXXXVI. (86) All the vessels built by the Muir Brothers at Port Dalhousie on their own account had names beginning with "A." The only exceptions in the Muir fleet were the Niagara, which they built in the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 6 May 1933   Great "A" Fleet Schooner Days LXXXVI. (86) All the vessels built by ...
  • The ARK: Schooner Days LXXXVII (87)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 13 May 1933     The ARK Schooner Days LXXXVII (87) There is a story with whiskers on it that a certain sea captain once picked up a turtle swimming in the sea off the Galapagos, and on the turtle's back was a cuneiform inscription, translated by the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 13 May 1933   The ARK Schooner Days LXXXVII (87) There is a story with whiskers ...
  • More About Muirs': Schooner Days LXXXVIII (88)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 20 May 1933     More About Muirs' SCHOONER DAYS LXXXVIII (88) Continuing the tale of the dynamic Alexander and his sturdy brethren, who made Port Dalhousie famous by their shipyard and drydock, we come upon their barque Advance and her ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 20 May 1933   More About Muirs' SCHOONER DAYS LXXXVIII (88) Continuing the tale of the ...
  • "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 ...
  • "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) How its faraway ...
  • Tight Fist But Big Heart: Schooner Days XCIII. (93)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 24 Jun 1933     TIGHT FIST BUT BIG HEART Schooner Days XCIII. (93) ALL his life a dollar looked large to Alexander Muir. Every dollar he had came with the sweat of his back as well as his brow. But he was generous. Capt. John Williams tells how, sixty ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 24 Jun 1933   TIGHT FIST BUT BIG HEART Schooner Days XCIII. (93) ALL his life ...
  • Tarry Breeks and Tartan Topsails: Schooner Days CLX (160)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Nov 1934     Tarry Breeks and Tartan Topsails Schooner Days CLX (160) Being Some Account of the Great Part the Scotch Played in Sail on the Great Lakes TWENTY-TWO schooners had names beginning with Mac. That is only a feeble ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Nov 1934   Tarry Breeks and Tartan Topsails Schooner Days CLX (160) Being Some Account ...
  • Square Topsails: Schooner Days CLXIX (169)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Jan 1935     Square Topsails Schooner Days CLXIX (169) Particularly Those of the Stuart H. Dunn, Last on Lake Ontario Till a Seal-Oiler Looked In ___ FRIEND Rowley Murphy, whose ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Jan 1935   Square Topsails Schooner Days CLXIX (169) Particularly Those of the Stuart H. ...
  • When the Lithophone Crossed the Lake Twice Under Bare Poles: Schooner Days CLXXIX (179)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 16 Mar 1935     When the Lithophone Crossed the Lake Twice Under Bare Poles Schooner Days CLXXIX (179) ___ QUTGOING of the ice from the Credit and the Etobicoke this week recalls the curious voyage of the Lithophone. Oregon Bob Joyce, ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 16 Mar 1935   When the Lithophone Crossed the Lake Twice Under Bare Poles Schooner Days ...
  • Pioneer Tar Tells Why He Went "On the Waggon": Schooner Days CC (200)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 10 Aug 1935     Pioneer Tar Tells Why He Went "On the Waggon" Schooner Days CC (200) ___ Founder of Port Dalhousie's first drydock, still going strong, continues record of his climb from cabin boy to captain.--The ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 10 Aug 1935   Pioneer Tar Tells Why He Went "On the Waggon" Schooner Days CC ...
  • Two Sheep for $1 -- Beef Cent Per Lb. -- Cabbages 1c each: Schooner Days CCI (201)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 17 Aug 1935     Two Sheep for $1 Beef Cent Per Lb. Cabbages 1c each Schooner Days CCI (201) ___ If they did not live well in the early timber trade it was not because of high prices - More adventures of a Master ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 17 Aug 1935   Two Sheep for $1 Beef Cent Per Lb. Cabbages 1c each Schooner ...
  • Wife's Tragedy Made Husband’s Fortune: Schooner Days CCII (202)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Sep 1935     Wife's Tragedy Made Husband's Fortune Schooner Days CCII (202) ___ Triple Drowning Was the Beginning Eighty-five Years Ago of the Great Drydock Enterprise at Port Dalhousie, Which is Still Going ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Sep 1935   Wife's Tragedy Made Husband's Fortune Schooner Days CCII (202) ___ Triple Drowning ...
  • The Lucky LIVERPOOL: Schooner Days CCIII (203)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 24 Aug 1935     Actually preceded no. CCII (202) because it was mis-numbered...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 24 Aug 1935   Actually preceded no. CCII (202) because it was mis-numbered...
  • "NEW DOMINIONS" With Something About Ice, Early Birds and Luck on the Lakes: Schooner Days CCXXXI (231)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 Mar 1936     Toronto Telegram, March 14, 1936 "NEW DOMINIONS" With Something About Ice, Early Birds and Luck on the Lakes Schooner Days CCXXXI (231) IT is the rule now, in the Canadian Marine Department, that registration is ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 Mar 1936   Toronto Telegram, March 14, 1936 "NEW DOMINIONS" With Something About Ice, Early ...
  • The PERSIA and her Pet Coon: Schooner Days CCLII (252)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 8 Aug 1936     The PERSIA and her Pet Coon Schooner Days CCLII (252) FORTY-FIVE years ago, when the "new" City Hall was building, a big trade was carried on in cut stone. Schooner after schooner swam in from Kelley's Island in Lake ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 8 Aug 1936   The PERSIA and her Pet Coon Schooner Days CCLII (252) FORTY-FIVE years ...
  • Two Suffels From Lake Erie: Schooner Days, CCCCXVII (417)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 20 Jan 1940     Two Suffels From Lake Erie Schooner Days, CCCCXVII (417) By C. H. J. Snider THERE was a maple leaf on the stern of the W. J. Suffel, and many a bigger vessel got a look at that maple leaf, for the Suffel was known as ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 20 Jan 1940   Two Suffels From Lake Erie Schooner Days, CCCCXVII (417) By C. H. ...
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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.