The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Feb 1894

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James Swift, M.H. Folger, Thomas Hanley, C.F. Gildersleeve and Capt. Towers returned from Montreal last night where they were attending the meeting of the R. & O. navigation company. It was expected that the new manager of the line would be appointed but for some reason or other this part of the business was laid over till next Wednesday. The steamboat masters were chosen, however. Two or three of the old hands, Capts. Sinclair, Ada and McGrath, have been knocked off the list, while other employees have been promoted. The list of appointments are: str. Algerian, Capt. Dunlop; Passport, Capt. Craig; Spartan, Capt. H. Grange, purser of Spartan; Corsican, Capt. H. Esford, late mate of the Passport; Magnet, Capt. Vaugh; Columbian, Capt. Murray. Capt. Batton, the popular master of the Columbian last year, and who had sailed the Algerian for years, has received a promotion as far as salary is concerned. He has been made pilot from Coteau to Montreal. The captain will reside in Coteau during the summer. His duties will be to take the steamers from Coteau down and return by train. He preferred this position to master of a steamer. As the Columbian is to ply between Buffalo and Chippewa the change was made. The friends of Capt. Ada, one of the oldest employees, will be sorry to know that he is retired. It is understood important changes are being made in all sections of the lines. President Connolly favors a little new blood once in a while.

Capt. Vaugh was master of the str. Ocean this year. Either Capt. Malcolmson or Capt. Ada will get the Ocean this year. Capt. Murray, of the Columbian, is a St. Catharines man. He was on the str. Garden City last season.

The first engineers and pilots so far appointed are Columbian, William Parker, Kingston, engineer; Algerian, Thomas Wadsworth, engineer, D.F. Mills, pilot; Passport, J. Boyd, engineer, Z. Lafrance, pilot; Corsican, S. Wilson, engineer; Spartan, Mr. Jacques, pilot, engineer left vacant for the time; Magnet, Thomas Riley, Kingston, engineer. The only steward appointed at the meeting was A.W. Stevenson, late of the North King, who gets the Magnet.

Capt. Vaugh will do his own piloting. The engineers of the Passport and Corsican are new men.

The "Star" says: "There are now three candidates for the general managership of the company, two Canadian and one American gentleman. The favorite is understood to be Mr. Folger, of Kingston, who is in the city today in connection with the appointment. It is probable that nothing definite will be decided on today." Mr. Folger has the matter under consideration.

Capt. Towers is here to superintend the repairs to the str. Columbian. Outside of fitting out there is no work to be done on the str. Magnet this spring. The Columbian will be repainted and made like new before starting out.


That Staunch Fore-And-Aft Schooner "The Hanlan." Capacity seven thousand (7,000) bushels. For further particulars apply to ROB'T CRAIG, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., or to WILLIAM BLAIR, County Jail, Kingston, Ont.


The Steamboat Company.

In a conversation with a reporter B.B. Taggert, president of the Alexandria Bay steamboat company, stated that they are making extensive repairs to their two steamers, New Island Wanderer and Island Wanderer, and that they will probably run on the same route next season. The old Wanderer is being built over and new compound engines put in so that her speed will be increased about three miles an hour. Mr. Taggert said that his company is composed of men who are not especially desirous to be in the steamboat business, and that they would sell out to the Folger Bros., providing they paid the price they ask for their stock. [Watertown Times]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Feb 1894