Toronto Writer Here Aboard His Schooner Yacht
C. H. J. Snider Of The Evening Telegram Completing 2,300-mile Cruiselb/>
C. H. J. Snider, author of "Schooner Days," which appears weekly in the Evening Telegram of Toronto, Ont. , and deals with old-time vessels and their skippers on Lake Ontario, spent Tuesday night in Oswego harbor aboard his ketch-type sailing yacht, the Kingarvie, of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.
As guests of the Toronto newspaper man were Norman D. Tyler, prominent Toronto barrister, and Sage Snider, the former's brother. Capt. J. Simms of Toronto is skipper of the Kingarvie with William Garland, first mate.
The yacht arrived in port last night from Charlotte and tied up at the East side barge canal terminal, where Wednesday morning some of Mr. Snider's Oswego friends called upon him, including Mayor Joseph T. McCaffrey.
At 10 o'clock the lines were cast off and the Kingarvie, with a following breeze, sailed out of the harbor and with all canvas out, struck off on a northwesterly course for Toronto on the last leg of a 2,300-mile cruise of the Great Lakes.
Starting at Toronto on June 28. the yacht went through the Welland Canal and thence along the north shore of Lake Erie to Detroit. It continued on through the Straits of Mackinaw and into Lake Michigan. Returning the yacht visited many American ports on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
The trip, Mr. Snider said, afforded him an opportunity to gather considerable data for future stories related to early commerce of the Great Lakes. Mr. Snider said he was still seeking information concerning the loss of the schooner St. Peter on Lake Ontario more than 40 years ago. The schooner was last seen passing Pultneyville, flying a disaster signal, he said. it soon passed out of sight and nothing more was ever heard of the schooner and its crew.
The Kingarvie, leaving the harbor and swinging westward from the lighthouse in a rolling sea, presented a beautiful sight and one which is seldom seen in the vicinity of Oswego harbor at present.
The yacht , 64 feet long with a 14. 6 foot beam and eight foot draft, is nearly as big as some of the schooners which three quarters of a century ago sailed out of Oswego. It has been the property of Mr. Snider for the last six season. It was built 13 years ago, after being designed by G. Herrick Duggon, famous bridge engineer of the Dominion Bridge Co. , Ltd. , of Canada. It was the 123rd yacht he designed.