The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1893

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Built To Navigate The Wolfe Island Canal.

Capt. Joseph Dix says the str. Walter Shanly was not built to run through the Wolfe Island canal, or ditch, as it was then called, as was stated in last night's Whig, although she ran through for some time. He says he remembers well when men were digging the canal. The boat built to run through was called the John Counter. She was a large vessel about the size of one of the mail boats running between here and Toronto, only lower in the sides. She was built at the marine railway in this city, now the government dry dock. Her paddle wheels were very large, and he thinks her shafts were above her promenade deck, or her second deck. Her trial trip was not a success. Men had to alter her paddle boxes and make them very open, to let the air and water escape when her wheels were revolving. After that she did better, but was a failure, as far as running through the canal, as her large wheels would drive the water away from around her in the narrow part of the canal so that she would get unmanageable. She was afterwards taken to Montreal, and her hull was raised and constructed into a large freight steamer. Her name was changed to the Monarch. The captain remembered her last trip. She was bound from Montreal to Toronto late in the season, and the sheriff here was waiting her arrival to seize her for a debt. He got left, as her agents here got wind of it, and telegraphed to her captain to stop at Garden Island, put her Kingston freight out there, and proceed to Toronto. She arrived at the island during the night, and left before daylight. As it happened it would have been much better had she dropped into the sheriff's hands, as she was caught in a north east snow storm, and ran ashore on Toronto Point, near the eastern gap, and was a total loss.



Frank Comer was master of the str. Rochester in 1869.

Capt. P. Burns will leave for Buffalo at the end of the month to look after his interest in the str. Rochester.

John Cornelius will sell the scow Woodduck. On account of spraining his arm he will be unable to run the boat this year.

The str. D.D. Calvin was successfully launched from the ways at Garden Island yesterday. She is now ready for the opening of navigation.

The schr. White Oak is being repaired at Portsmouth, receiving new sails and decks. The repairs will cost about $350 ($850 ?). The contractors are Messrs. Shaw and McAuley.

The officers of the prop. Algonquin for the season are: Capt. James McMaugh, master; W.D. Graham, first mate; E. Charles, second mate; Sam Brisbin, first engineer; Geo. Miller, second engineer.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1893