The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Apr 1897

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p.1 Death of Capt. Harbottle - Toronto, April 1st - Capt. James Harbottle, for the past four years captain of the Niagara line steamer Chicora, died this morning of gastric catarrh of the stomach. He was thirty-eight years old, and prior to taking command of the Chicora was for years well known on the upper lakes and filled various positions of responsibility. He was a son of the late Capt. Harbottle, for many years inspector of hulls here.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The work of fitting up the ferry steamer Paul Smith for the coming season of navigation has been completed. The painting has been done and the vessel is all ready to start on her first trip.

p.3 The Waterways of Canada - description of St. Lawrence canals. [Globe] (full column)

p.4 That Ferry Service - The difficulty over the ferry service to Wolfe and Garden Islands from the city of Kingston, is causing a good deal of talk in the vicinity of the limestone city. For thirty years the Folgers have furnished a ferry service there, and recently the council of Wolfe Island asked for tenders for a ferry service. Captain Craig, who is well-known as the master of the steamer Passport of the R. & O. line, put in a tender. The Wolfe Island council accepted this tender and made a contract with Capt. Craig. Garden Island wants the Folgers to continue their service. Col. Thomas Flynn, of Kingston, upheld Capt. Craig, while a solicitor for the Folgers disputes the new ferry service. The Wolfe Islanders are confident that their claim will be granted and their contract upheld. [Toronto Telegram]

Capt. Craig Resigns - Capt. Craig, proprietor of the ferry steamer Paul Smith, and who from 1892 to 1896 inclusive, has been master of the R. & O. steamer Passport, has sent his resignation to the company and will command the Paul Smith during the coming season. The general managerof the R. & O. navigation company has given him a first class testimonial as to character, efficiency and the satisfactory way in which he performed his duties during the period he was in the service of the company.

p.6 Welland Canal Opening - It is announced that the Welland canal will not be open much before April 20th.

Manager Rees Installed - F.S. Rees was formally installed as manager of the government dry dock, at ten o'clock this morning, by C.E. Smith, collector of public works revenues. The retiring manager, James Wilson, was present, and with his successor, and Mr. Smith, went over the routine of duties that fall to the lot of the manager, and Mr. Rees was thoroughly coached in the work he will be called upon to do.

The Pierrepont's First Trip.

At two o'clock this afternoon the steamer Pierrepont left her moorings in Folger's dock and started to cut her way through the ice to Wolfe Island. For some distance out from shore the ice was soft and comparatively thin, and the stout old vessel found no difficulty in cutting through it. As she got further out, however, the ice was harder and thicker, and more difficulty was experienced in crushing it. After "the crack" was passed the boat had comparatively little trouble, and succeeded in making her way to the island.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Apr 1897