The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 1, 1879

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p.1 Prince Edward County - The steamer Shannon is offered for sale. Work has commenced on the vessels in the harbour preparatory to the opening of navigation. The steamer Picton is now undergoing all necessary repairs, and will be ready for the spring business. The steamer Alexandra is being fitted up, and will be ready for the opening of navigation. She will run between Trenton and Montreal. The contract for putting in a shaft in the steamer Empress of India has been awarded to Messrs. Calvin & Breck, of Garden Island. She will be fitted out in time for the excursion season.

p.3 Grain & Vessel Owners - The prospects of the grain trade this year do not seem to have been improved materially this spring. Although the western lake ports have large quantities of cereals ready to ship at the opening of navigation, yet the markets of the old world seem to have a sufficiently large supply to keep prices down pretty low. On the other hand, vessel owners, who have had a ruinous

Going Away - Captain George Malone, having purchased the barge Alexander, now lying at Windsor, starts tomorrow to prepare for the season's work. He takes with him several of Kingston's able-bodied seamen. We wish him success.

Sailors' Wages - Crews are being engaged by Kingston captains at $18 and $20 a month. A good many hands have been already taken.

New Forwarding Company - Messrs. A. Gunn, Samuel Harper, and W.G. Craig, of Kingston; Gilbert Scott and Thomas Cramp, of Montreal, having given notice of their intention to apply to Parliament for an act of incorporation for "The Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Company (United)," the headquarters of which are to be at Kingston.

Haunted - It is reported that the tug H. Roney is haunted. It is said that if one goes there at any hour of the night figures may be seen marching up and down. We understand one of the hands was so terrified one night last week that he attempted to hold himself over the side by the ring stopper of the anchor, but the stopper not being fastened let him drop into the water, where the ice around the boat had been cut away. He was immersed in the hole up to the neck and had a narrow escape from drowning.

Fitting Up - The Richelieu Navigation Company is having its steamers fitted up at the docks, and a bevy of females is busied taking off the dirt on the woodwork, etc. Mr. Hatch thinks there will be a great season for travelling this summer, as there is no international exhibition to take people away, and it is expected the Americans will flock around this part of the country in larger numbers than usual.

p.4 Misc. - The Trenton Courier says: Captain Porte has received the boiler and engine for the new Ferry. The work on the boat is progressing as fast as the weather will permit. Her sides are nearly all closed in, her decks have been on for some time, and the Captain anticipates being ready to break the ice.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 1, 1879