The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Mar 1893

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p.1 Capt. Graham, St. Catharines, will be mate with Capt. James McMaugh, on the prop. Algonquin next season. Capt. Graham recently mastered the steamer Lake Michigan.

Sunk Fifteen Thousand - a history of the Wolfe Island canal. (2/3 column)


A gang of sailors, who work on western boats, will leave for upper lake ports in a few days.

Henry Shine and G. McAuley, Portsmouth, have secured the contract to repair the schr. White Oak.

Capt. Ewart, interested in the boats engaged in the transit business between Prescott and Ogdensburg, is in the city.

S. Tyo has been appointed mate of the barge Lisgar, and Joseph Devan has secured a similar position on the schr. (unreadable)

Work at the S.S. Algonquin is being pushed and she will be ready for service when navigation opens. A night gang has been employed for several weeks. Light is given by three arc lights hanging in the hold of the boat.

An improvement the company would add the coming season was the introduction of an elevator at Montreal for the loading of steamers with coal. Besides supplying their own boats the company will furnish other vessels. It will be a great convenience and the mail liners can be "called up" in fifteen minutes time.

General manager Chabot, of the R. & O. N. Co., arrived in Kingston this morning. To a reporter he stated that he was merely here to see to improvements to the strs. Corsican and Columbian laying at this port. The company's engineer, Mr. Thompson, accompanied him. Mr. Chabot asserted that great preparations were being made for the coming season. The company will carry freight as usual during the summer, but will prepare more especially for the passenger trade. During the steamboat season there were 800 hands employed by the R. & O. N. company. At present in Sorel 300 men were engaged at the company's shipyards building a new ferry boat for Montreal and adding vast improvements to the str. Canada. Her hull is being reconstructed. The hull of the burned str. Corinthian will be made into a barge. The officials of the company, for 1893, remain about the same as last year. A few minor changes will occur, but he was not at liberty to speak on this score at present. The report of an opposition company being organized was indeed laughable. There was nothing whatever in it.


For Sale To The Highest Bidder, the wreck of the burnt tug J.K. Ward as she now lies at Rideau Lake, 1 1/2 miles above Oliver's Ferry. Said wreck contains a 40 horse power boiler, 12 square engine, shaft propellor, steam pipes, heater, etc. The same can be taken out and repaired at very little cost. She lies about 100 yards from shore on a reef in about (2 1/2 ?) feet of water. A bargain for somebody. Send your offers to R. Thompson, Ottawa.

p.4 A Missing Tug - A special from Sandusky, Ohio, says: The tug Helen, belonging to Cleveland parties, is reported missing at Vermillion. She went out into the lake Tuesday with a crew of five men and has not yet returned. Search was made, but the boat could not be found.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Mar 1893