The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Aug 1891

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p.1 Across The Border - ....The steamer Belmont has been on the Kingston-Cape route for about a week. She is a fast and roomy craft and is officered by an experienced crew.


A boat on which Willard Stevens, of this city, was employed, sank on one of the upper lakes. He and all of the members of the crew were saved.

The steamer City of Owen Sound is being raised by the Collinsby Rafting company, and the work is progressing successfully. The stern of the steamer has been raised 50 feet. Seven pontoons are being used in connection with the contract.

A new boat will be built by the owners of the Bon Voyage. The capital stock of the company will be changed from $50,000 to $150,000, and the new boat will be 225 feet long, 36 foot beam, and hold 14 feet. She will have fore and aft compound engines of 1,000 horsepower. She will have all modern improvements of the lake style of steamships. The proposed boat will accommodate 350 people with state rooms, and will have a license to carry 1,000 people. She will be constructed after the style of the Bon Voyage, and will be six feet wider and fifty feet longer than that steamer.

There will be a new line of steamers running between Clayton and Montreal next season. Folger Bros. have begun to make preparations to build such a fleet of steamers. The plans for the new boats have already been drawn and submitted to those connected with the enterprise. The steamers will be fitted out and equipped with all the modern improvements, and will be built as large as possible, and at the same time be able to go through the canal. The new venture will be received with enthusiasm by all those who are interested in travel on the river St. Lawrence. Capt. Pierce, who designed the str. St. Lawrence, is at present working out models for the new fleet. The boats will run in connection with the C.P.R. and New York Central railways.

A Canal Break - Cornwall, Aug. 26th - Yesterday about fifty yards of the canal break, about 800 yards above lock No. 13, sank about six feet. This was caused by the recent heavy rain. Superintendent Ross was immediately notified and navigation was stopped and preparations made for repairs. Men and carts were at once put on the break. The slide will be checked before any further damage is done. Vessels will not experience any serious delay.

Where To Get Pleasure - description of sights along Rideau Canal from Kingston to Jones Falls.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Aug 1891