The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jan 1897

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Jan. 5, 1897

p.1 Yesterday afternoon the str. Pierrepont steamed out from her winter berth and made a passage through the ice, and at eleven o'clock this morning she cleared for Cape Vincent, touching at Garde and Wolfe Islands. She had quite a heavy freight bill on her trip this morning.

p.2 May Build A Champion Yacht - It is altogether likely that next season, if the Kingston ice yacht club does not see its way clear to issue a challenge to the Hudson River club for one or more international races for a championship pennant, a Canadian syndicate will build a yacht and send it down to the Hudson to compete against the crack flyers there for the championship of America. Already a number of young men residing in Canada have signified their willingness of contributing to such a scheme. They will form a club and a syndicate, the yacht will be built at Kingston, where the originator of the idea resides. Here the flyer will have her trial tests for speed, etc., after which she will be taken apart and shipped down to New York. The object is solely a patriotic one, the interested persons being quite convinced that Canadians excel in this as in other winter sports. They are wealthy and will back up their scheme with any amount that may be necessary. Of course the Kingston ice yacht club will be given the preference in the matter of issuing a challenge, but if the members decline to do so, these young men will take up the cause and sail for the honor of Canada. Most of the interested ones reside at Montreal.

Jan. 6, 1897



The ferry steamer Paul Smith cleared from Swift's wharf at 11:30 o'clock this forenoon on her initial trip to Garden and Wolfe Islands.

The steamer has been specially fitted up for the cold weather trade, and is one of the snuggest and most comfortable boats plying to the port. She is fitted with eight state-rooms, her saloon floor is handsomely carpeted and furnished with easy chairs, couches, etc. The ladies and gentlemen's toilet rooms are equipped with marble-topped washstands and all modern conveniences. Forward of the bulkhead a large space has been reserved for the storing of hay being brought to market. Forward of the engine-room to the bulkhead the space, which is unusually large, has been set aside for general freight and merchandise, which will, therefore, be under cover and protected in all kinds of weather. Special pains have been taken to make the saloon warm and cozy. One distinguishing characteristic of the vessel is her unusual roominess.

The officers are: Capt. T.J. Craig, captain, and, for the present, purser; Capt. W. Scott, sailing master; "Dick" Pyke, mate, and Thomas O'Reilly, engineer. The crew will number about ten deckhands. With the special advantages possessed by the Paul Smith, peculiarly fitting her for ferry duty, under the command of such a favorite, experienced and genial officer as Capt. Craig, and with such a particularly capable staff of officers, the vessel will undoubtedly prove successful in her special line.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jan 1897