The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Apr 1891

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p.1 A Case at Court - Yesterday afternoon an action was heard before Judge Price by Capt. Parsons against Peter Gardner, Toronto, for $150 demurrage in the detention of the schr. Queen of the Lakes in Dec. 1890. The defendant chartered the vessel to take coal from Oswego to Toronto on the 5th Dec. 1890, but was not unloaded until some nine days after. The plaintiff claimed demurrage for six days at $25 per day. The case was argued until 7 o'clock in the evening. The judge reserved his decision.


The schr. Julia is being got ready for navigation.

John Barclay has been engaged as mate of the Annie M. Peterson.

It is reported that Capt. Ewart, of Cobourg, has bought the schooner Lady McDonald.

The str. Van Allen is loading lumber at the K. & P. R. dock for the Oswego manufacturing company.

Ira Folger's new steamboat the Loretta is at the Kingston foundry dock. Her boilers will be put in there.

Capt. Cornelius of the sloop Woodduck expects a prosperous season. He has several charters to fill already.

There is so much ice in the Bay of Quinte the str. Hero is not likely to commence her regular trips until next week.

John Hannan has purchased the Allen warehouse and dock near the R.W. & O. station, Ogdensburg. The price paid was $5,500.

On Sunday the steamer Isaac May, owned by the Collinsby rafting company, was launched from the drydock at Port Robinson after having been rebuilt. She will be towed to Toronto where she will receive new boilers. She was burned last fall.

Capt. Vernon Sweet is building a handsome new steam yacht seventy five feet long at Clayton, which will be fitted in good style and launched in time for the opening of the season's business. The new boat will carry pleasure parties up and down the river.

General Paragraphs - The schr. Ella Murton is being generally overhauled.

The steamer Princess Louise is being generally improved at Portsmouth.

Capt Rockwell, of the steamer Princess Louise, has been sick during a greater part of the winter suffering from sciatica.

Gaylord, Downey & Co., Oswego, N.Y., applied to the customs department for permission to load American bottoms with coal for Montreal with permission to leave part of the cargo at points in transit. The application was refused, as contrary to customs regulations.

Were All Dismissed - Picton, April 7th - The Picton assizes were occupied until this evening with the hearing of the cases of Kellar, Ward, (K ? ey) and Christie against the Deseronto navigation company for damages arising out of the burning of the steamer Quinte. The suits were all dismissed without costs.


James Duncan Thompson the new registrar of Frontenac county is the second son of the late Capt. W.B. Thompson, a mariner upon the ocean and inland waters. He took part in the war of 1812-14, and for distinguished service had not only the acknowledgements of her majesty, expressed through his Canadian representative, but the substantial reward of a grant of land. Upon a portion of it Playfair's mill, near Perth, now stands. J.D. was born in Montreal in 1847, and educated in the normal and model schools of the metropolis. He also had the benefit of a private tuition from A. Robertson, father-in-law of Rev. Mr. McFayden, late pastor of Bethel Congregational church of this city. After leaving school he entered the office of Glassford & Walker, forwarders. He saw several changes in the firm. Shortly after he entered the business Walker retired, making way for J.J. Birkett Jones. The firm as now constituted held sway for many years. In 1865 Thompson came to Kingston, the successor of G.M. Miller as local manager. In 1874 Mr. Glassford died and Mr. Miller took his place. In 1877 Jones & Miller failed. In 1879 their stock was amalgamated with the stock of Holcomb & Stewart, and the Kingston and Montreal forwarding company was formed. Mr. Thompson, who had had a long and varied experience, was chosen, because best fitted therefor, to open an office for the company in Montreal and cultivate a business for it. He fulfilled all expectations, and remained in Montreal until August 1880. Then he accepted the management of the Montreal transportation company's business at Kingston, and held office until 1st January 1885. Had he been a good Conservative instead of a stalwart Grit he might have been there yet. His retirement did not greatly distress him, however; on the contrary, it led to a wide recognition of his rare ability, and good offers were not wanting for the use of his talents.....(more detail - was alderman 1884-7 and mayor in 1888-9, and alderman again in 1890-1)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Apr 1891