The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Apr 1891

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The steambarge Wilson will load paving stones at Grindstone Island for Chicago.

It has not yet been decided who shall be captain in the str. Empress of India this summer.

The sloop Wood Duck has been chartered to carry lumber to Wolfe Island and shingles to Deseronto.

The sloop Maggie L. brought 2,000 bushels peas to Richardson's elevator yesterday from Wolfe Island.

Work was begun placing the new boiler in the str. Corsican this morning. The Kingston foundry has the contract.

The engines of the str. Hero have been repaired during the winter, and it is expected that this year she will run faster than ever. James Hickey has been appointed engineer for the season.

Dept. U.S. Marshall Mattoon, Oswego, went to Ogdensburg and libelled the schr. Reuben Dowd on a claim for towing in the St. Lawrence river and put a ship keeper on board. Next day the claim was amicably settled and the schooner released.

General Paragraphs - The schr. W.Y. Emery will go on the Port Dalhousie dry dock for some slight repairs.

Cleveland, Detroit and Buffalo vessel owners have declared their intention to reduce wages the coming season.

The Calvin company's steamer Sir John McDonald towed a large raft of timber from Anglin's bay to Wolfe Island this afternoon.

The steamer Jessie Bain arrived in the city today, preparatory to going on her route between Clayton and Alexandria Bay.

One of the Deseronto navigation company's tugs arrived last night at Picton from Deseronto. A good deal of floating ice is reported in Big Bay. The Bay of Quinte is clear of ice.

p.4 Opening of the Canal - St. Catharines, April 14th - The Welland canal will be opened for navigation on April 20th.

April 16, 1891



The schr. B.W. Folger, loaded with lumber at the spile dock, left for Sacket's Harbor today.

W. Power has completed the work of putting two extra and commodious staterooms in the steamer Spartan.

The big twenty ton boiler for the Corsican was placed on the main deck this morning and will be lowered into its resting place by means of hydraulic jacks.

About the middle of May the steamyacht Wherenow will be ready for navigation. Mr. Spencer, the owner, and his family will cruise on her to Lake Champlain.

The schr. Persia arrived from Charlotte last night with 325 tons of coal, consigned to Swift & Co., for the dry dock. She is commanded by Capt. Dan O'Hagan.

The following vessels will be thus officered: Prop. Ocean, captain, John T. Towers; mate, W. Patenaude; engineer, Albert Brown; purser, Hugh A. Young; Prop. Persia, captain, John H. Scott; mate, Timothy Tonpin ?; engineer, Alex. Ramsay; purser, John Purtill; Alma Munro, captain, Thomas Brown; mate, Trudeau Daoust; engineer, Samuel Mills; purser, Fred Elliot; Cuba, captain, J.H. Hume; mate, W. Antoine; engineer, W. Kennedy; purser, T. Matthews; Acadia, captain, A. Malcolmson; mate, Tom Collins; engineer, Z. Harrington; purser, John Malcolmson; Lake Michigan, captain, Paul Clifford; mate, John Robinson; Celtic, captain, Oliver Patenaude; Chicora, captain, W.H. Seamen (Soames ?); mate, John McKeown, pursers, Chapman and Harbottle.

Incidents of the Day - In the case of Parsons vs. R. Gardiner, Toronto, an action for demurrage for delay of the schr. Queen of the Lakes, Judge Price gave judgement for defendant.

What Taste Will Do - The steamer Jessie Bain, recently purchased by Folger Bros., arrived here from Clayton yesterday. Capt. Andrew Miller has been overseeing the repairs to the upper works, and has so improved her that she does not look like the same boat. Although she is comparitively new, having been built but three years ago, and her hull being of the very best, still her upper works did not compare favorably with it, but the improvements made by the artistic captain, have transformed her, and she is now one of the neatest and fastest steamers plying on the river. She is a credit to the Thousand Island Steamboat Co.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Apr 1891