The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Mar 1896

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p.1 Kingston Flyers Not In It - in race at Cape Vincent, first three to finish were from Cape Vincent; yachting over for season.

Incidents of the Day - The new tug Traveller, being built at Garden Island, will be ready for launching by the time the ice leaves the harbor. The new craft promises to be one of the finest on the river.

Sixteen Inches Deeper - water in harbor is 16" deeper than at close of navigation.

p.4 Ferry Steamers Disappear - Oakville, March 30th - The greatest flood for years occurred yesterday afternoon and evening. Owing to the very mild day all the streams emptying into the river became greatly swollen during the morning and by the afternoon the upper portions of the river from bank to bank was an immense moving sea of broken ice and a current running ten miles an hour. Commodore Williams and his men had taken precautions during the day to put extra heavy chains on the Toronto ferry company's steamers wintering here to prevent them from being carried away, but at midnight, when the big rush came, the stone hooker Lillian was carried out into the lake and the brig Rover partially sunk, while the ferry steamers Luella and another ferry, the Mascot, have entirely disappeared and are nowhere in sight this morning. Hundreds of spectators occupied the bridge during the afternoon and evening. The roaring of the waters and the thumping of the huge cakes of ice against the boats could be heard for a long distance.

March 31, 1896

p.1 Incidents of the Day - The str. Alexandria has received a thorough overhauling during the winter at Picton. She has been provided with a new stem, the bottom has been replanked and new guard, new wheels and wheel boxes have been put on. The vessel is now lighted throughout by electricity and is equipped with a searchlight.

The work of painting the M.T. Co.'s fleet of boats was commenced yesterday. It will take about three weeks' time to complete the task.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Mar 1896