The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1894

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p.1 R. & O. N. Co. Meeting - Montreal, Aug. 4th - special meeting called for Aug. 15th to discuss finances.


The hundreds that every day leave the city on excursions and picnics during the heated term discourage very largely the cry of hard times, everywhere so prevalent just now. To a casual observer the crowds rushing to catch the various boats leaving Folger's dock yesterday must have been a big surprise and yet this is a daily occurrence. Not less than six hundred people took passage by the Empire State on the occasion of her search light trip through the islands, and it is simply wonderful how quickly that large number was comfortably disposed of. From the wharf to Cedar Island, owing to the roughness of the water and the heavy wind prevailing, considerable commotion occurred among the passengers, but this very quickly subsided, the staunchness of the boat this year compared with last being very apparent. The Empire State is the right boat in the right place. She is well equipped for catering to a large crowd. She has the accommodation required for the route she covers and she is manned by a capable, obliging and gentlemanly set of officers, and in this connection the steward, Mr. Cox, and those under him deserve more than a passing notice. The large crowd were well pleased with the way they were looked after, every want being attended to carefully. To view the islands to perfection no trip is so well adapted as the searchlight. It reveals not only the islands but many ludicrous pictures not intended for the general gaze. In the channel north of Grennell's Island a large crowd were discovered waving their hands and handkerchiefs and in fact this occurred all the way up so many people seem to expect the light to be turned on them. When the boat was passing round the foot of Grindstone Island a small steamer was passed and the disgust of some of the passengers on board her may be imagined when at the stern of the boat under a canopy where none could see them the light revealed a lady seated upon the knee of a gentleman and his both arms encircling her waist. She immediately jumped to her feet only to receive quite a salute in the shape of a shout from the interested spectators on board the Empire State. The fleetness of the State was demonstrated yesterday in a run from Clayton to Round Island with the St. Lawrence. The latter boat kept gradually falling behind until at Round Island she was a full length behind. The islands are beautiful to view, and alive with touring crowds. Everywhere throughout that vast lake human beings are visible; no matter where you turn your boat's head their shouts or waving of handkerchiefs are plainly to be seen. The trip down, as the trip back, was uneventful, save as to the expressions of general satisfaction made on every side. Quite a few left the boat and others were afraid to go on board owing to the large crowd, but they need have had no fear since the boat could have carried a couple of hundred more without unnecessarily over-crowding her. The citizens have every reason to be proud that such a finely appointed boat is within their reach and such an excellent opportunity of reaching the islands at an hour when many business men can take advantage of it. The city was reached at 10:30, just late enough, making the trip in six hours and a half. It is needless to say that this is fast becoming the trip for the citizens.

p.4 Engineers of a Steambarge Drunk - In the Toronto police court on Tuesday, the first and second engineers of the steambarge W.B. Hall were charged with fighting when the boat was opposite the port of Cobourg. The two men, it seems, got on a drunk after the barge left Kingston, and the water got low in the flues, which burned out, the steamer drifting over towards the American side. Under sail the boat reached Port Hope. One witness said that they came near blowing the boat up and ending the lives of a number of people. The case was remanded.


The str. Erin cleared for up the bay today.

The str. Rideau Belle will leave Davis' dry-dock tonight.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes will clear today for coal for the asylum.

The M.T. Co's barge Bella will enter Davis' dry-dock on Monday for a new forefoot and general caulking.

Called at Gunn's wharf yesterday: str. Acadia, Montreal to Toledo; str. Alexandria, Montreal to Charlotte.

Arrivals: str. Spartan, Toronto; str. Passport, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa; str. Magnet, Montreal; str. Bon Voyage, Charlotte.

W. Hatch, Deseronto, purchased a yacht twenty-two feet long and six feet beam, with canopy, capable of carrying about twelve people. Davis & Sons, Kingston, are the manufacturers.

The tug Edmund, in charge of Capt. D.J. Pritchard, arrived at Portsmouth from Montreal yesterday with barge Columbia in tow, with water tank pipes and all ornamental figures for the new department of the penitentiary.

Passed Port Dalhousie: str. Glengarry, barges Kildonan and Minnedosa, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; str. Tecumseh, barges Cameron and Cavalier, Ashland to Collins Bay, timber.

Owners of steam yachts in the city violate the law when they carry passengers without having their boats certified by a hull inspector. None of the yachts have complied with the law, and owners are subject to a fine of $100 to $500. The steam boats that are not certificated can only carry the owners, their families and crews. When they carry other passengers they are liable to conviction. The law in this matter is for the purpose of affording more protection to passengers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1894