The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1896

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p.1 Improving The Club House - of yacht club.

Incidents Of The Day - Three cars laden with withes were taken from the K & P. spile dock to Garden Island yesterday. After being unloaded the cars were returned to the city today. The steamer Chieftain towed the transport barge to and from the island.


The steamer America has gone into winter quarters at the mutual wharf, foot of Brock street.

Some slight repairs are being made to the interior fittings of the steamer Spartan, now lying at Swift's wharf.

The Wolfe Island ferry boat, Paul Smith, will commence running on Jan. 1st, provided navigation remains open.

The contemplated repairs to and alterations of Capt. Craig's ferry steamer, the Paul Smith, will be commenced shortly.

The steamer North King was taken to the dry-dock yesterday immediately after the barge Danforth had been hauled out.

The barge Danforth was taken out of the government dry-dock yesterday, and in tow of the steamer Erin left for Port Dalhousie.

The tug Jessie Hall is the only one of the M.T. Co.'s boats now in commission. She is employed in placing the fleet in winter quarters. That work will be finished this week.

All the Calvin company's boats, with the exception of the steamer Chieftain, are in winter quarters. The above named steamer is employed in making trips between the island and the city.

The new steambarge being constructed by the Calvin company at Garden Island, is about in frame. It will be fully a year before the steamer is completed. Only a small force of men, residents of the island, are employed on the work. It is not likely the new craft will be put into commission until the summer of 1898.

The sloop Woodduck, owned by the late Capt. Cornelius, is tied up at the Rathbun wharf, Anglin's Bay. She is leaking and is slowly but surely sinking. She is old, and if she sinks it it not likely any effort will be put forth to raise her. A tug will be secured to pull her away from the wharf so as not to create a blockade. It is quite fitting that the craft should sink when he who commanded it so long is now no more.

On the recent trip to Fort William and return the steamers Rosemount and Bannockburn ventured out in weather that bluffed the commanders of some of the big upper lake freighters. On both the trip up and down the steamers left the Soo in snow storms, when other craft were tied up in sheltered berths. As a result the M.T. Co.'s two boats got through with their cargoes and are now safely in their winter quarters, while the "timid ones" are locked fast in the ice that covers the "Soo" river.

New keelsons are being placed on the steamer North King. The new boilers are expected to reach this point on the 15th inst. They were built by J. and R. Weir, Montreal, and are of the locomotive type. The steaming capacity of the vessel will be increased to about twice her former capacity and her speed will, it is expected, be increased by at least a mile and a half an hour. She will therefore make the trip from Charlotte, N.Y., to Kingston in five hours and a half next season. The work now underway will not be completed until well on in the spring, and the vessel will be ready to commence her season's work about May 1st.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1896