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  • A White Squall: Schooner Days I (1)
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), Jan. 31, 1931     Schooner Days No. 1 A White Squall Many a good story had the late Magistrate J.J. O'Connor, of Port Arthur. District Magistrate for Thunder Bay, to tell of schooner days on the Great Lakes. He was an Ontario County boy and went sailing early out of Whitby. Here is one ...
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), Jan. 31, 1931   Schooner Days No. 1 A White Squall Many a good story had ...
  • Wild Man Who Sailed In His Socks: Schooner Days II (2)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Feb 1931     The grounding of the MARY ANN LYDON at Charlotte was in October 1908, not 1906. See the linked newspaper account...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Feb 1931   The grounding of the MARY ANN LYDON at Charlotte was in October ...
  • Canada's "No. 1": Schooner Days III (3)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 Feb 1931     Canada's "No. "1" Schooner Days III (3) Magistrate J.J. O' Connor, of Port Arthur, mariner in his youth, retained a keen interest in the history of the sailing commerce of the lakes. Before his death last August he wrote something of the tow-boats which became a vital ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 Feb 1931   Canada's "No. "1" Schooner Days III (3) Magistrate J.J. O' Connor, of ...
  • Knights of Malta: Schooner Days IV (4)
    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, ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 21 Feb 1931   Knights of Malta Schooner Days IV (4) That was a great yarn ...
  • 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 ...
  • Scarlet Whiskers: Schooner Days VI (6)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 Mar 1931   Scarlet Whiskers Schooner Days VI (6) Magistrate J. J. O'Connor, of Port ...
  • Queen of the North: Schooner Days VII (7)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 Mar 1931     Queen of the North Schooner Days VII (7) District Magistrate J.J. O'Connor's account of the forest monarch he met in his youth when his schooner put into Port Burwell in a Lake Erie gale. This Tom Wrong, whose bones grinding in ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 Mar 1931   Queen of the North Schooner Days VII (7) District Magistrate J.J. O'Connor's ...
  • The Sweepstakes: Schooner Days VIII (8)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 21 Mar 1931     The Sweepstakes Schooner Days VIII (8) The late Magistrate J. J. O'Connor, of Port Arthur, pumped most of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario through her before she sank near the old Queen's Wharf. He here relates the story an d tells how he became first mate. Has anyone a ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 21 Mar 1931   The Sweepstakes Schooner Days VIII (8) The late Magistrate J. J. O'Connor, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. J. ...
  • "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 ...
  • A Sailors' Strike: Schooner Days XII (12)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Apr 1931     A Sailors' Strike Schooner Days XII (12) Account by late Magistrate J. J. O'Connor, of Port Arthur, of how he almost started one and certainly stopped it, when he was before-the-mast in the Toronto grain trade -- "Big Money in the fall, sixty years ago, and how it was ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Apr 1931   A Sailors' Strike Schooner Days XII (12) Account by late Magistrate J. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Eight Days Across!: Schooner Days XIV (14)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 2 May 1931     Eight Days Across!: Schooner Days XIV (14) Recent reference in "Schooner Days" to the Jessie Drummond, recalls the following narrative of the late Capt. Robert Maw, well-known even to recent Torontonians from his boathouses at Sunnyside and the Humber. Capt. Maw died ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 2 May 1931   Eight Days Across!: Schooner Days XIV (14) Recent reference in "Schooner Days" ...
  • 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 ...
  • "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 ...
  • In the Magdala: Schooner Days XVII (17)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 23 May 1931     In the Magdala Schooner Days XVII (17) Magistrate O'Connor tells of how he "talked back" and made a friend of Captain Farewell, in the days when he was a boy in the grain trade; and of how he almost drowned him. The ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 23 May 1931   In the Magdala Schooner Days XVII (17) Magistrate O'Connor tells of how ...
  • The Hickory Jibboom: Schooner Days XVIII (18)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 30 May 1931     The Hickory Jibboom Schooner Days XVIII (18) Magistrate J. J. O'Connor reports an "inquest" in the long vanished International Hotel.--The Magdala's run from Port Hope, which broke all records and a barley bin. I had some ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 30 May 1931   The Hickory Jibboom Schooner Days XVIII (18) Magistrate J. J. O'Connor reports ...
  • Dusty Diamonds:Schooner Days XIX (19)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 6 Jun 1931     Dusty Diamonds Schooner Days XIX (19) It's all over and done with now, but this is how we used to get our coal cargoes when the schooners went to Cleveland for them, in pre-prohibition days. The little hooker--for no matter ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 6 Jun 1931   Dusty Diamonds Schooner Days XIX (19) It's all over and done with ...
  • Full Up: Schooner Days XX (20)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 13 Jun 1931     The name ROBERT C. PORTER does not appear in most sources of vessels on the Great Lakes...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 13 Jun 1931   The name ROBERT C. PORTER does not appear in most sources of ...
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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.