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  • The Julia B. Merrill:  Schooner Days XXI (21)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 20 Jun 1931   The JULIA B. MERRILL Schooner Days XXI (21) Something about the old ...
  • 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, ...
  • The Ship of Stone: Schooner Days XXIV (24)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Aug 1931   The Ship of Stone SCHOONER DAYS XXIV. (24) Graven in grey granite ...
  • "Six Ships": Schooner Days XXV (25)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 29 Aug 1931   "SIX SHIPS" Schooner Days XXV (25). "Six Ships Vernon" was the nickname ...
  • "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 ...
  • Putting on the Dog: Schooner Days XXIX (29)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 26 Sep 1931   Putting on the Dog Schooner Days XXIX (29) There was never any ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Early Bird: Schooner Days XXXII (32)
    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 ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Oct 1931   THE EARLY BIRD Schooner Days XXXII (32) Telling of Capt. Jas. McCannel, ...
  • 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 ...
  • January Passage of the Ella Murton: Schooner Days XXXV (35)
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), February 20, 1932     SCHOONER DAYS XXXV JANUARY PASSAGE of the ELLA MURTON Talk of the time Capt. John Williams fitted out the Speedwell in February and ...
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), February 20, 1932   SCHOONER DAYS XXXV JANUARY PASSAGE of the ELLA MURTON Talk of the ...
  • Frank Jackman Started to Sea at 8: Schooner Days XXXVI (36)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 27 Feb 1932     Frank Jackman Started to Sea at 8 Schooner Days XXXVI (36) Frank Jackman was a good sailorman, a good tug man, a good business man, and a good dresser. He was, indeed, a tonsorial and sartorial delight. To meet Frank uptown was to learn ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 27 Feb 1932   Frank Jackman Started to Sea at 8 Schooner Days XXXVI (36) Frank ...
  • The Young Lion: Schooner Days XXXVII (37)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Mar 1932     The YOUNG LION Schooner Days XXXVII (37) More about Captains Frank Jackman, Sr. and Jr., and the craft they made famous. Capt. Frank Jackman, Sr., who came back with the Sea Gull and a bushy white beard from South Africa, ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Mar 1932   The YOUNG LION Schooner Days XXXVII (37) More about Captains Frank Jackman, ...
  • 16,000 Miles With the Sea Gull: Schooner Days XXXVIII (38)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 12 Mar 1932     16,000 Miles With the Sea Gull Schooner Days XXXVIII (38) So much surprise has been excited by the statement in last Saturday's Telegram that the father of the late Capt. Frank Jackman, recently deceased, took an Oakville schooner from ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 12 Mar 1932   16,000 Miles With the Sea Gull Schooner Days XXXVIII (38) So much ...
  • More About the ELLA MURTON: Schooner Days XXXIX (39)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 19 Mar 1932     More About the ELLA MURTON Schooner Days XXXIX (39) Has anyone a picture of the Ella Murton, the schooner which was the heroine of the January Passage yarn in last month's "Schooner Days"? Loan of it for copying purposes would he appreciated. Old-timers ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 19 Mar 1932   More About the ELLA MURTON Schooner Days XXXIX (39) Has anyone a ...
  • The Sailing Express Wagon: Schooner Days XL (40)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 26 Mar 1932     The Sailing EXPRESS WAGON Schooner Days XL (40) There was, indeed, another Sea Gull frequenting Toronto Harbor, quite as industrious as the brigantine Sea Gull which made the voyage to South Africa, and brought back the famous sample of Durban rum--but very, very much ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 26 Mar 1932   The Sailing EXPRESS WAGON Schooner Days XL (40) There was, indeed, another ...
  • Early Birding: Schooner Days XLI (41)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 2 Apr 1932     Early Birding Schooner Days XLI (41) With the Ella Murton's January passage to Oswego, as related recently, still in mind, sailors of Hot Stove Harbor may be interested in some recollections concerning a Toronto vessel man who is still hale and hearty, Capt. John ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 2 Apr 1932   Early Birding Schooner Days XLI (41) With the Ella Murton's January passage ...
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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.