The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1890

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p.1 Out On a Jaunt - trip of N.Y. pressmen on str. St. Lawrence.


Value of the Compass.

[St. Catharines Journal]

It may be interesting to ship captains to know that since Commander Boulton, a few years ago, put up the cardinal poles by actual transit measurement at Port Dalhousie, the variation of the compass is going back to north, and is now 8 minutes and 15 seconds from the old rating west. It is a peculiar fact that since Commodore Bayfield, about thirty years ago, when making his survey of the lakes, found a wonderful erraticism with the needle, that it had been bearing west, and on parts of Lake Superior was several degrees from the north, but there was no indication of a change on Lake Ontario or Lake Erie. The matter is of no great importance except that it bears out the statement of an old Buffalo captain a few years ago: "It takes a Solomon to understand these blamed old lakes anyhow."

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1890