The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Lawrence River Steamboat Co. and Thousand Islands Steamboat Co.
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), March 1911, p. 277

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The property of these two companies

has been acquired by a syndicate headed

by E. B. Osler, President Niagara Navigation,

and W. D. Matthews, President

St. Lawrence and Chicago Steam Navigation

Co., and including also B. W.

Folger, General Manager Niagara Navigation

Co. The companies were formerly

controlled by Folger Bros., Kingston,

Ont., the firm consisting of the late Henry

Folger and B. W. Folger, Sr. A few

years ago the properties were transferred

to Howard S. Folger and B. W. Folger,

General Manager of the Niagara

Navigation Co., both sons of the late

Henry Folger. The syndicate has bought

Howard S. Folger's interest, and B. W.

Folger. of the N.N. Co., has put his interest


Both lines operate in connection with

the New York Central and H.C. Rd. The

St. Lawrence River Steamboat Co. has

three boats, America, Pierrepont, and

Jessie Bain, which run between Kingston,

Ont., and Cape Vincent, N.Y., an important

ferry service of some 2 miles,

serving territory east and west of Kingston,

and, on the U.S. side. Watertown,

Syracuse, Utica, Rome and other important

points. The Thousand Islands

Steamboat Co. has three boats, St. Lawrence,

Ramona and New Island Wanderer.

A fourth boat, the Ottawa, which

was burned, is to be replaced. These

boats run between Clayton and Alexandria

Bay, N.Y., with eight stops between,

and also carry local excursions among

the Thousand Islands, calling occasionally

at Kingston and Gananoque, Ont.

Some changes have been made in the

boards of both companies, so as to place

the new ownership in control and further

changes will probably be made at

the annual meetings in June. Robt.

Crawford, coal merchant, Kingston, is

President of both companies.

Howard S. Folger has retired from the

management, and has been succeeded as

Manager by W. J. Douglass, who was

born at Troy, N.Y., June 15, 1875, and

who has been employed by the New

York Central Rd. since he was 20 years

old, with the exception of two years

spent in Cleveland in the vessel brokerage

business. From 1901 to 1903 he

was agent Western Transit Co.; 1903 to

1905, Superintendent Mutual Transit

Co.; 1905 to 1907, General Superintendent

Rutland Transit Co.; 1907 to 1909,

Assistant Manager Rutland Transit Co.

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St. Lawrence River Steamboat Co. and Thousand Islands Steamboat Co.