The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jun 1893

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The schr. Burton will clear today for Oswego for a load of coal for Breck & Booth.

Arrivals: str. Passport, Toronto; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. Algerian, Montreal; schr. Garibaldi, Oswego, coal.

Capt. Vaughn is now in command of the prop. Ocean. J.V. Trowell, the late captain, has been retained to manage the company's business at Toronto.

Clearances: prop. Owen Sound, towing barges Muskoka and Waubashene, Oswego, light; schr. Sunrise, Maine City, light; schr. Hanlan and schr. Wells, Oswego, light.

Prop. C.H. Hurlburt and barge Clint, Chicago to Kingston, corn; schr. Ishpening, Chicago to Kingston, corn; schr. Queen of the Lakes, Fort William to Kingston, wheat, are en route here.

The search light and electric light plant of the str. St. Lawrence is under the supervision of W. McCammon this year. As the new search light has not yet arrived he has been working under great disadvantages. William knows his business, however, and promises to rank among the electricians of the day.

A Pretty Craft.

A beautiful steam yacht, called Manolo, arrived at Swift's wharf yesterday. She is owned by T.H. Pratt, (on board,) only twenty-three years of age. He is worth $2,000,000 and intends to enjoy his money. The boat is a naptha launch, fifty feet long, with nine feet beam. Her engines are sixteen horse power and the speed of the boat is ten miles per hour. She is elaborately fitted up with different kinds of wood, and upholstered in a magnificent way. She cost $11,000. She left New Haven, Conn., on May 23rd, and will go from here down the Rideau river to Ottawa, from there to Montreal, and then down the Richelieu, en route to New York. The captain is Raymond Gould.


About six hundred persons from Kingston and Gananoque took part in the excursion yesterday to Ogdensburg, to view the caravals (caravels ?). The Empire State made a quick trip of less than four and one half hours, and the party thoroughly enjoyed the elegant and comfortable steamer. The day was charming and the route through Canadian islands was never taken under pleasanter auspices. At Ogdensburg the ships were found to be so eagerly sought after by crowds of visitors that their decks were continually filled with sight-seers, who struggled for first place on the ladder. Familiar as most people are with their construction from the many views that have been given them in periodicals, the ships were a surprise to almost every one from their quaint form and diminutive size for ocean voyages. They are veritable dromedaries of the sea, their humps, before and behind, being evidently their especial features. The Spanish officers and men in charge were exceedingly courteous, in spite of the provoking inattention of the crowds to their requests for systematic visiting. The arms and equipments of the vessels were very quaint, as might naturally be imagined, and many more minutes could have been profitably spent in examining the boats. The return trip was made in little over five hours and was made interesting by use of the searchlight, though the night itself was one of charming moonlight. Of the Empire State and Capt. Miller nothing but praise was spoken by the many who tripped by her for the first time. She is entitled to the claim of "palace steamer." This is indeed a very fortunate city which has at its command such fine boats and such a magnificent route as was yesterday traversed.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jun 1893