The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Mar 1894

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p.1 Capt. Mallett will leave in a few days to fit out the schr. Scotland at Ogdensburg. He will sail the vessel the coming season. She will ply between Oswego and Charlotte to Montreal carrying coal.


When the news reached the city, last evening, that C.F. Gildersleeve had been appointed manager of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company's steamers, the general expression was that the appointment was well placed. Today, when the news became widespread, hundreds of people said they were glad "Charlie" had been made manager. He is as popular a man as there is in the city today, and all his fellow citizens congratulate him upon his success. They know he will fill the bill.

A prominent and wealthy citizen said, "The company have certainly chosen the flower of Canadian steamboat men."

Why is he qualified for the position? Because he is a steamboat man in practice as well as theory. He has been thirty years connected with the management of steamers and ought to know something about them. He has studied the business so thoroughly that if he were a mechanic he could build a steamer on his own account. As a steamboat valuator he is without a peer. There is no part about a steamer from stem to stern, from hold to funnel that he does not know the value of. He has been a great success in the management of steamboats and none over which he had control ever failed. He built the steamer Maud, now owned by the St. Lawrence steamboat company.

Kingston has no more loyal son than C.F. Gildersleeve. He has been a true and faithful worker for the advancement of the city, always one of the leaders in any enterprise that would benefit the community. By energy, perseverance and intelligence the people recognized his worth and elected him to the council for twenty-five years, also filling the position of mayor, and in that capacity showed the kind of man he was, doing his work in a vigorous and efficient way.

He was born in Kingston many years ago, and feels as young now as twenty years ago. He is a man possessed of a sunny nature and takes reverses in business as cooly as successes. He is approachable and able and willing to discuss matters of political or social bearing with those whom he calls friends. As an evidence of the worth of the man it has never been said by an employee that he was unjust in his dealings with them. On the contrary the testimony has been that Mr. Gildersleeve is kind and fair to employees who are honest in their efforts to serve him.

Mr. Gildersleeve is a graduate of the Upper Canada college, in which he won great distinction as a scholar and carried away high honors. He studied law in the office of Ross, Crawford and Crombie, Toronto, and was called to the bar in 1858. He remained in the practice of law for about eight years, and in 1865, when his brother Overton died, he (C.F.) took over the Bay of Quinte steamers. In this year the keel of the str. Corinthian was being built at the foot of Gore street. Mr. Gildersleeve superintended the work until the boat was completed, and ran her between Port Hope and Charlotte. Later he sold her to the Canadian navigation company, of which company he was for many years first vice-president. Sir Hugh Allan was president.

The Gildersleeves have been known as steamboat men since 1818. Henry Gildersleeve, father of C.F. Gildersleeve, built the first steamer which ever ran on Lake Ontario or the River St. Lawrence. In 1818 he ran a steamer between Trenton and Prescott.

In respect to the way in which Mr. Gildersleeve advanced the interests of the city, it might be said that it was through his energy that the Kingston and Pembroke R.R. was built; he advocated the purchase of the water works service, and succeeded in getting the city to bonus the Smith's Falls railway, which will be built in the course of a year or two. He is president of the Kingston and Pembroke railway company and was general manager of the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte navigation company. This position he resigned and was succeeded by his son, H.H. Gildersleeve.



Mr. Folger's Appointment Could Not Be Made Legal.

It was generally understood, Wednesday, that Henry Folger would be appointed general manager of the company. The committee of the board appointed to arrange with that gentleman had so reported, and the directors met with the intention of confirming the appointment, but the best laid plans sometimes mis-carry. The agreement arrived at was to pay Mr. Folger a fixed salary and a bonus on the earnings of the company, and the lawyers on both sides met to draw up the agreement. At the last moment it was discovered that such an agreement could not be legally ratified and that special parliamentary legislation was necessary to confirm it. Mr. Folger was not willing to come in and take his chances on the remedial legislation being granted, and the directors were loath to leave the matter stand any longer in abeyance. Consequently Mr. Folger's name was dropped. [Montreal Witness]

The lighthouse at "Nigger Island," it is expected, will be completed in time for the opening of navigation.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Mar 1894