The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1896

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The Kingston & Montreal Forwarding company has decided to form a new line of lake barges to ply on the upper lakes, and have instructed Ald. James Stewart, manager of the Kingston branch, to fit out the barges Thrush, Lapwing and Hiawatha for the line. Manager Stewart has contracted with Oldrieve & Horn, to fit the three vessels named with the requisite sails, cordage, etc. A force of men has been engaged and are at work putting masts in the vessels and otherwise preparing them for the season's work. Three captains have been selected to command the boats, Capt. Simmons, Capt. Patterson and Capt. Smith, but they have not yet been appointed to their separate vessels.

The company has taken this step, in consequence of having arrived at the conclusion that there are not enough Canadian vessels on the lakes. The tug Relief will be brought from Quebec and will be used to tow the barges during the early half of the season. During the latter part of the season an iron steamer will take the place of the Relief, and will, it is expected, arrive here in July.

The formation of this new line and the work that it will afford will cause a very desirable and beneficial boom in Kingston.

p.4 Went To Cape Vincent - five members of the Kingston ice-yacht club sailed to Cape Vincent and were entertained by the members of the club there.

March 19, 1896

p.1 Expect To Buy It Cheap - Connolly Bros. dredge and plant worth $80,000; bidders hope to get it for $20,000 or $25,000.

From Toronto to Charlotte, N.Y. - Another matter that is occupying the attention of vesselmen is the contemplated opening of a line of steamers between Toronto and Charlotte. Nothing definite will be done in the matter for a few days, but it is almost certain that with the opening of navigation a good fast steamer will ply between that port and Toronto at least three days a week; and those who know seem to think it is a good investment.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1896