The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Feb 1892

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p.1 A Lighthouse Wanted - J.P. Wood, M.P., has urged the erection of a lighthouse on a dangerous shoal between Brockville and Cole's Shoal light. During the past season there were only five feet of water on the shoal in place of nine feet as in previous years, and many vessels grounded upon it. The place is a very dangerous one and Mr. Wood says a light is needed.

The Wharf To Be Improved - Extensive improvements will be made to the G.T.R. wharf this winter. A gang of men were put on this morning. The piers will be replaced by stronger ones and an entirely new platform constructed.

p.2 Cape Vincent, Feb. 9th - meeting held pushing for a small appropriation from Washington to get breakwater started.

Feb. 11, 1892

p.1 Getting Into Ship Shape - Extensive repairs are being made to the str. Maud. A new deck is being put in, together with new frames, new cover boards, new hatches, face boards, ribbons, chaulks, etc. J. Marks has charge of the work. The str. Pierrepont is also undergoing repairs. New paddle boxes are being inserted and numerous other improvements made. The engines of the steamer have been thoroughly cleaned, etc., and everything is now in readiness for the opening of navigation.

But It Don't Retract - L.B. Spencer writes to Syracuse Standard that he is the sole owner of the yacht Wherenow and George Penn, a friend and neighbour at Thousand Island Park, let Spencer use his dock.

An Old Kingston Captain - Capt. Chambers, of Smith's Falls, died on Monday, never having recovered from the paralytic stroke of some weeks ago. He was a noted man from his youth up. His son died but a short time ago. The old captain saw much service on the Bay of Quinte on Gildersleeve's crafts.

Feb. 12, 1892

p.1 General Paragraphs - The Kingston foundry turned out a high pressure cylinder for compound engine of the str. Armenia this morning. It was taken to Garden Island across the ice.


One of the heaviest and most intricate pieces of machinery lately made in the dominion was successfully cast at the Kingston Foundry, on Friday last, for the R. & O. Navigation Co.'s str. Montreal. The piece in question is the high pressure cylinder for the new compound engine put in that boat, last summer, by an eastern firm, the length being ten feet, diameter thirty-five inches, with slide valve face the entire length of cylinder; steam and exhaust parts cored in same. The weight is about 18,000 pounds. The cylinder was cast solid end down. Two or three unsuccessful castings of this same pattern were tried by other makers last summer, and the Richelieu company are well pleased that the firm here were successful in their first attempt, as the steamer was idle a great part of last season for the want of this piece of machinery. It was made under the personal supervision of A.E. Perkin, foreman moulder in the foundry.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Feb 1892