The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Dec 1895

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Brief Marine Paragraphs.

The shipment of grain from Chicago to Kingston during the past season were 202,000 bushels of wheat and 1,559,077 bushels of corn.

Capt. Gaskin will leave for England on Wednesday in company with a couple of the Montreal directors of the M.T. Co. to make arrangements for the building of another steamer after the style of the Bannockburn.

Between seven and one-half millions and eight millions of bushels of grain were shipped to this port during the season of navigation just closed. The importance of Kingston as a lake port may be estimated from this fact.

The str. Bannockburn has been made snug in her winter berth in the slip at the foot of Queen street. To guarantee against accident a large anchor has been sunk near the railroad track and to this a huge chain securely fastens the steamer.

Three Hours Breaking Ice - Howe Island farmers spent three and a half hours breaking ice, 250 feet, at Welsh's ferry in order to get produce to market; residents want bridge.

Dec. 17, 1895


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Dec. 19, 1895

p.1 An Ice Yacht Club - At the regular meeting of the Cape Vincent ice yacht club, held Wednesday evening last, the following officers were elected: Commodore, Capt. A.R. Hinckley; captain, Charles A. Roat; secretary and treasurer, W.F. Bailey; treasurer, Joseph Peo; fleet surgeon, Dr. L.W. Gordon; regatta committee, John D. Fitzgerald, Capt. Joseph Saunders, A.D. Millen, Fred Burdick and Alex. Horne. They are to have charge of all races. The club now has fifty-seven members, and a large number of new boats are being added to the fleet. Everything is in readiness for good sport except the ice, which has not yet formed, only along the shores.

General Paragraphs - The steamer James Swift is undergoing repairs at her winter quarters.

Workmen are still engaged on the str. Bannockburn taking the machinery apart and stowing her equipment away for the winter months.

The str. King Ben made a quick run yesterday. Leaving the city at 11 a.m., the steamer ran down to Howe Island, loaded a cargo of pressed straw and was back in port at six o'clock in the evening. Capt. Ira A. Folger was in command.

The lateen sail for W.C. Kent's new iceboat, Icicle, has been finished and will be bent as soon as the ice is in condition. The sail has a reach of thirty two feet along the boom, thirty feet on the gaff, and from boom to peak is thirty feet.

p.4 Pith of the News - Thirty new vessels are under contract for building at U.S. ports on the lakes, with an approximate value of $4,806,000. Two are steam yachts, two passenger boats and one a revenue cutter. The remainder are freight carriers.

Dec. 20, 1895

p.1 Ice Yacht Club's Quarters - have leased a house on Simcoe street for three months.

Scrap Iron for Hamilton - The Calvin company's steamer Chieftain brought a cargo of old scrap iron from Garden Island this morning. The iron is being transferred to G.T.R. cars and will be shipped to Hamilton. The Chieftain will carry a second cargo across in the course of a few days.

p.3 St. Lawrence (Wolfe Island), Dec. 18th - ...J.G. Macdonald has secured position as mate on the schr. L.T. Vorce which is now in safe winter quarters in our harbor....

p.4 Schooner Breck's Peril - East Tawas, Mich., Dec. 20th - The Canadian schooner Mary L. Breck was driven out into the lake on Wednesday night with the icefield, in which she has been fast several days. It is expected that the sea in mid-lake will break up the ice, so that the Breck can get free.

A Tribute To Their Skill - Davis & Son, ship-builders, have received from New York specifications and drawings of a centre-board yacht, 34 ft. 6 in. in length and of 10 foot beam, accompanied by a letter from a prominent New York yachtsman, asking their price for building such a vessel as he requires. The boat is to be of the very finest materials and best workmanship. Messrs. Davis & Son will send in their tender early next year.

Dec. 21, 1895

p.4 40 Years A Sailor - Capt. James Allen, commander of Pierrepont, began his career in a shipyard at Cleveland, Ohio. (damaged pages - part of article missing)

Dec. 23, 1895

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Dec. 24, 1895

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Dec 1895