The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1896

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p.1 Capt. T. Donnelly was in Cobourg, last week, looking into the advisability of retaining the life-saving station there. The vesselmen and harbor commissioners furnished evidence to show that it is very necessary to retain the station as it at present exists.

Presented With the Cup - ice-yacht club has closing meeting for season; reeve John Fisher is presented with cup for winning ice-yacht Defiance. (1/2 column)

p.2 District News - The Brownville Steamboat Co. has sold the steamer Pastime to F.L. Hall and Capt. J.G. Wilson. Consideration $2,000.



Below is a list of captains and engineers of the various crafts owned by the M.T. company:

Lake Steamers - Bannockburn, Archy McMaugh, captain; Henry Thurston, engineer; Glengarry, J.W. Maudsley, Chas. McSorley; Jas. J. Walker (sic), John Boyd, George Boyd; D.G. Thomson, James Murray, John Evans.

Lake vessels - Minnedosa, J. Irwin, capt.; Kildonan, Frank Lafrane; Selkirk, Chas. Staley; Winnipeg, J. Cornwall; Dunmore, John Philips; Melrose, Jas. Fleming; Jennie, Rock Bradley; Regina, Maxame Lefebrue.

River steamers - Active, John Gaskin, captain; Geo. Henderson, engineer; Bronson, Jos. Murray, R. Hepburn; Glide, John Doyle, Geo. Tuttle; Jessie Hall, Charles Martin, A. Barton.

Elevators - No. 1, W.J. Pound, engineer; No. 2, W. Cullen; No. 3, James Linton; Edward Bennett superintendent.

River barges - Alberta, P. Bradley; Albina, Alf. Lalonde; Acadia, Louis Benoit; Bella, Theo. Leduc; Cleveland, J.D. Perron; Chicago, Arsene Charlebois; Colborne, Frank Poirier; Corncrib, Ernest Secott; Cornwall, H. Boyer; Detroit, Ovide Trudell; Duluth, -------; Dorchester, Peter Lalonde; Eagle, Benjamin Souvie; Glenora, Timothy Herbert; Glengarry, A. Somersail; Harvest, John Bradley, jr.; Iowa, Israel Daoust; John Gaskin, Nelson Mallette; Kinghorn, Alexander Hebert; L. Union, Treffie Daoust; Lancaster, Joseph Daoust; McCarthy, F.R. Roy; Montreal, Mitchell Lefebrne; Maggie, Frank Monnette; Nebraska, Celestine LeBeuf; Senator, Cescare Leduc; Star, Antoine Lalonde; Toledo, Frederick Leduc; Toronto, Moise Moreau; Wheatbin, Adelaide Monnette.

The schr. Melrose is a new boat now being built, and will be completed in a few days and then launched. A large gang of workmen have been employed on her the past winter. Her dimensions are: Length over all, 184 feet, breadth of beam, thirty-five feet; depth of hold, fourteen feet. Material used in her construction: white oak for frame and planking; British Columbian pine for deck and masts, steel for kelsum (sic), deck beams, clamps, shelfs and hatch combings. She has steel engines, for running windlass and capstan in forward part of vessel, purchased at Providence, Rhode Island. The vessel is a three-master, and is considered by boatmen, the strongest boat that has been built in the province, or, in fact, in the dominion. Her model is perfect and was prepared by David Ainslie, Kingston. She is intended to trade between Kingston and the head of Lake Superior.

The steamship Rosemount is now building in England for the M.T. Co. She will be completed there about the middle of May next, and will likely reach Kingston in the month of June. She is also intended to trade between Kingston and the head of Lake Superior.

A. Shaw, measuring surveyor, has measured eight vessels, all of which have been re-built or are new craft, since Friday last. Three of these were measured at Garden Island on Saturday morning, two at the M.T. Co.'s dockyard, one in the government dry-dock, one in Davis' dry-dock and one at Collinsby.

On April 13th, last year, the strs. Thomson and Pierrepont made their first start that season. The Thomson went up as far as the dry-dock and the Pierrepont across to Garden Island. On the 18th of the same month the str. D.D. Calvin started up the lake, but became wedged in the ice just off Nine Mile Point. The str. Bannockburn, which started up the lake the day following had better luck, getting through all right. A number of vessel men in discussing the opening up of navigation said it would occur later this season than last. They thought if the steamer Pierrepont or any other boat managed to stir before the 15th it would be doing well.

Thirty-five men are employed in painting the M.T. Co.'s fleet of boats. If the present fine weather continues the work will be nearly completed by the end of the present week.

The steamer Valeria, owned by Capt. Dix, will ply on her old route between Gananoque and Clayton this season. Her owner has begun getting the steamer ready for the opening of navigation.

The Collins Bay rafting company began today fitting out its steamers and craft for the approaching season. Quite a number of men are employed.

A large delegation of marine men will interview the dominion government at Ottawa, on Saturday next, relative to the charges made by customs officers for attending vessels after hours. In the United States no charges are made for passenger vessels, under the circumstances referred to, and it is thought that times are too hard in Canada for the present high rate of charges to remain in force. Kingston marine men will be largely represented on the deputation.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1896