The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jul 1896

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The schr. Queen of the Lakes cleared today, light, for Oswego to load coal.

The str. Shickluna and consort St. Louis cleared, light, last night for Fort William.

The str. Bannockburn and consorts, light, cleared the Welland canal yesterday bound up.

Richardson & Sons loaded 16,000 bushels of wheat into the barge Kinghorn today for Montreal.

The str. King Ben cleared last night for Oswego to load coal for Foster & Co., Smith's Falls.

The prop. Samoa's cargo of oats is being elevated at Portsmouth. It will be shipped to Montreal. The syndicate bought the grain. It is very musty and is worth but little. The shovellers had hard work handling it.

Capt. Allen, of the schr. Queen of the Lakes, says there is very little money for the small vessels in trading in upper lakes. A great many lake schooners will have to lay up pretty soon as the Lake Ontario trade is about finished. Up above the big steamers have the advantage.

In a letter received from England by Capt. Gaskin an account is given of the trial trip of the str. Rosemount. She made fifteen miles an hour and was as easily handled as a skiff. The new steamer will carry 100,000 bushels of wheat on the Plimsoll mark at eighteen feet. Capt. Arch. McMaugh will have command of the new steamer, which will be ready for service by about Aug. 1st.

Repairs At Buffalo - John Donnelly arrived today from the scene of the wreck near Brockville. The barge Celtic will be up this afternoon in tow of one of the M.T. Co.'s tugs, and the probabilities are will be taken in tow of the propellor Samoa and proceed to Buffalo. It has been deemed advisable to dock the boats at Buffalo. Capt. McLeod, agent for the underwriters, was called away and Capt. Sinclair, Chicago, will act in his stead.



Said To Have Raced From Kingston To Bath.

[Rochester, N.Y. Union and Advertiser]

When the steamer North King reached Kingston on her return from the Thousand Islands in the evening, at the same dock was the steamer Algerian, of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, the finest and fastest boat of the company running between Hamilton and Montreal. As the hours for leaving on their respective routes were almost identical, it was thought by many of the patrons of the North King that the Algerian would shortly relinquish the name which has stood her for years, as the greyhound of the lakes. And so it proved.

Promptly on the minute Capt. Dunlap sent his vessel from the dock and headed on his course up the bay. Capt. Jerrald, of the North King, with a merry twinkle in his eye, watched the receding Algerian and when he gauged the distance of a mile he gave the bells to engineer Hickey and followed in the wake of the big laker. From the funnels of the later the black smoke belched in such masses as at times almost to hide her from view, and as considerable of it fell on the passengers, who crowded the deck of the King, the course of the steamer was altered a few points. As soon as Capt. Jerrald put away from the sooty vapor it was plain that the gap was lessening between the steamers. But time was precious with Capt. Jerrald from the fact that his first stop was distant eighteen miles from Kingston, the village of Bath. So a little consultation was had with engineer Hickey with encouraging results, for when Bath was reached chronometers were consulted and not one of the indicators differed in telling the story that the eighteen miles had been covered in one hour and five minutes.

The Algerian must take down her sign and transfer it to the North King, as she was clearly beaten a mile out of the eighteen. The people on the King felt gratified over the result of the brief contest. Capt. Jerrald and engineer Hickey received many compliments. Both gentlemen said they had made time easily. One stop was made between Bath and Deseronto by them while the Algerian did not call at minor ports. Yet before Belleville was reached the King was on her heels and crowded the big boat to the entrance of the canal. The run from Brighton to Charlotte was made in a little less than four hours, which indicates a speed of about sixteen miles an hour.

News of the District - Louis Lachapelle, senior member of the well-known boat building firm of Lachapelle & Son, Belleville, died suddenly on Monday from heart disease. Mr. Lachapelle was in the seventy-sixth year of his age. He worked for some time at his trade as a boat builder in Kingston.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jul 1896