In Marine Circles
Mariners Have Long Spell of Good Weather
Old Mariner Stated That He Had Experienced Warmest Weather For Sailing in His Forty years' Experience
"This has certainly been a great summer and fall for marine work," remarked an old mariner to the Whig, today. He pointed out that up till the past week or so, the weather had been ideal for the vessels and he had no complaint to make whatever.
"I have been sailing on the lakes for forty years," he added, "and I want to say that this fall has been the warmest I have ever experienced. Why I haven't even had a pair of gloves on my hands as yet, and this is certainly unusual for the fall weather. And we have not been troubled with ice on the decks."
The marine season is making great headway, and already a few boats have been laid up for the winter, in addition to the passenger boats engaged on the river traffic, which, of course, are always laid up earlier in the season.
One old coal schooner, the Katie Eccles, has been put away for the winter, but the remainder of the local fleet is still hard at work, and will continue to carry coal into Kingston until the severe cold weather sets in. This has been a very busy season in the coal trade.
It is from November 1st on, that the mariner runs up against the worst of the bad weather, so from today, his job will not be a very pleasant one, by any means.
The rough weather of the past week or so gave some of the old vessels a severe setback. The old schooner Oliver Mowat came into the limelight because of the fact that the vessel was fifteen days on the trip to Kingston from Frenchman's Bay where she loaded barley.