The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1886

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The water in the St. Lawrence river is lowering very fast.

The schrs. Clara White and Philo Bennett, laden with lumber, cleared for Oswego yesterday.

The props. California and Ocean, Montreal, and str. Corsican, Toronto, called at Swift's wharf.

The str. Princess Louise takes an excursion party from Wells' Island to Gananoque this evening.

The tug Sir John with four barges light, ran on a shoal in the middle channel opposite Gananoque on Tuesday evening. She managed to free herself last evening.

The schr. Jessie Breck, from Cleveland, went to Brockville, discharged coal, and returned to Kingston this morning. She lost a spar at the head of Lake Erie during a gale. She will receive a new one, and proceed to Toledo to load timber for Garden Island.


A New Line For the Lake & the St. Lawrence.

Mention has heretofore been made of the new American line of steamers to navigate Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence between Lewiston on the Niagara River and Montreal. At present there is no line of boats plying along the American Shore, and the boats of the Canadian line are admitted to be old-fashioned, slow and unsuitable for the requirements of this route. The new boats are to be built of steel. They are to be furnished with electric lights, and fitted with all the luxuries and comforts of a first-class hotel. The contracts call for a speed of at least twenty miles per hour. The Dingley shipping bill gives to the company a monopoly of the route. The boats will not be built to carry heavy freights, but more expressly for the passenger traffic and light express business. Great attention will be paid to extreme cleanliness and to the restaurant, which will be conducted on the European plan, the dining room open from 5 o'clock in the morning to midnight; and it will be aimed to make the cuisine and the table service unexcelled. The company has engaged its masters, all well known captains.

The steamships are designed to surpass anything of the kind hitherto floated on the great lakes. They will possess a handsome appearance, and outwardly resemble some of the ocean steamships. The length will probably be about 256 feet, with an extreme beam over all of about forty-two feet. They will carry two spars, schooner-rigged, and the steel hulls will be double and divided into water-tight bulkheads. The hulls will be of unusually staunch construction, and the machinery of the very best money can purchase. Compound engines will be used and will be very powerful, and it is designed that the steamship shall not stop for wind or weather. This company is backed by ample means. It is the intention of the company to start with four steamers, and add others as occasion may require.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1886