The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1891

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The str. Celtic is expected tomorrow with corn from Toledo.

The schr. Hanlan is loading barley at Gananoque for Oswego.

At Presqu'ile, Mr. Alford, contractor, will build three light houses.

The schr. E. Fisher, from Oswego, is discharging coal at Breck & Booth's dock.

The tug Glide arrived this morning with the barge Montreal loaded with 10,000 bushels peas from Cape Vincent.

Richardson & Sons are loading 17,000 bushels of peas for Montreal for export to Europe on the ocean steamer Grecian.

The str. Kathleen, changed in appearance, now looks like a small steamship. She left for Georgian Bay at four o'clock this morning.

R. Bushell has been appointed purser on the steamer Passport and Mr. Sinclair will succeed Mr. Comer as purser on the str. Algerian.

The Cornwall canal will be opened on Monday. This is about a week later than the other canals. The delay arises from the fact that the water was let out of the canal late in order to accommodate the mill owners.

G. Myles leaves Monday for Alpena, Mich., with a picked crew, and will take the schr. Gulnair, which ran ashore last fall, to Collingwood, where she will be dry-docked and thoroughly overhauled and repaired. The schooner has been lying in a mill pond inside the harbor at Alpena, and has a portion of her cargo of dressed stone in the hold.

meeting held to form skiff and sailing club.

General Paragraphs - The str. John Haggart will probably arrive tonight from Perth.

The big smokestacks for the str. Corsican are in course of erection.

The str. Olive called at Swift's yesterday, and returned to Ottawa with a general cargo.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes leaves tomorrow to load rye at Belleville and Brighton for Buffalo.


The general remark made by those who have seen the Rideau Belle of late is, she looks like a new steamer. The Belle is now lying at Anglin's wharf where she was inspected during the past week by many citizens. On Tuesday she will leave on her first trip to Ottawa, to which city she will go to twice a week during the season. Even an old friend of the Belle would scarcely recognize her, she has undergone such a great change. The old cabin and upper works have disappeared and twelve new staterooms with passage way running through the centre and a capacious and pleasant dining room have made their appearance. The state-rooms are large and airy, and constructed so as to afford every possible comfort to passengers. They are carpeted and supplied with excellent new spring and hair mattresses and the berths look very neat in snow white linen and counterpanes. Over the doors of the staterooms is colored glass and much of the same material makes the main doors very attractive. A large cooking range has been placed in the kitchen in which are all the conveniences for making a table enticing. The woodwork in the interior is cherry and the ceilings are sky blue. On the walls are photographs of many of the grandest scenes along the route, in fact the passenger accommodation could not be more desirable. The machinery has been thoroughly overhauled and improved, so that good time may be expected, and the hull and outside has been painted white. That popular commander, Capt. Fleming, who is known as the pathfinder of the Rideau will be in command. He will be assisted by Capt. Noonan. With these gentlemen on board passengers may expect courtesy and the best of treatment. He will introduce some new routes through the lakes this season. D.M. Jones, of Ottawa, will be purser, with George Fleming as first engineer and A. Strong as second. The improvements on the steamer were made under the supervision of Matt. Davis and a right good job he has made. The steamer is a credit to her owner, Capt. D. Noonan. He has laid out a large sum on the Belle in a response to a demand for good passenger accommodation on the canal. His boat should be well patronized. If she gets the patronage that she and her owner deserves she will have a rush from the beginning to the end of the season. She will leave Swift's wharf for Ottawa on Tuesday, May 5th, at one p.m. No doubt many will go down to see her off.

Belonged To Kingstonians - The big elevator at Chatham, owned by James Richardson & Sons, and valued at $12,000, was burned last night....

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1891