The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Apr 1897

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The steamer Niko cleared from Chicago on Monday with wheat for Lake Ontario ports.

The tug Glide and barge Gaskin were floated out of the government dry dock today and the barge Cornwall entered for general repairs.

All the buoys and lights are in position in Detroit and St. Clair rivers. The mail boats in these rivers begun delivering mail matter to passing boats on Monday last.

Capt. Irwin has begun fitting out the steamer Bannockburn. This will be the only steamer of the M.T. Co. to be at the Welland canal at the opening. She will load wheat at Fort William for Richardson & Sons.

On Thursday the steamer Islander, of the St. Lawrence River steam boat company, will begin running between Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay, establishing a direct communication between Kingston and the famous bay.

Tonight Wesley Dunlop, son of ex-alderman W. Dunlop, will leave for Toronto to assume a position on one of the big steamers plying that port. A number of his young friends tendered him a "farewell" last evening.

p.4 Wind Wafts - Workmen are engaged today in drawing blocks from the M.T. Co.'s shipbuilding yard to the locomotive works' yard, to be used there in the construction of the two new steel vessels that the locomotive company will build for the M.T. Co.

p.6 General Paragraphs - The steamer Islander ran the ferry trips to Cape Vincent today.

The steamer Armenia and consorts cleared from Garden Island today for Toronto to load timber.

A new jib-boom has been placed in position on the schooner S.H. Dunn.

A Thorough Canadian - Kingston yachts are of Canadian construction.

April 15, 1897

p.1 Pith of the News - Capt. Andrew Thompson, of Toronto, has been appointed to the command of the new steamboat under construction at the Bertram shipyard, Toronto. It has been decided to call the vessel the Keenora (sic).



The Welland canal is expected to open on Monday next, nearly a week in advance of last season.

The sloop Maggie L. arrived from Glenora last evening with 1,000 bushels of buckwheat for Richardson & Sons.

The Kingston & Montreal forwarding company, Portsmouth, launched from winter quarters on Tuesday the elevators Sparrow and Sampson. Yesterday the barge Beauport was launched, and today the barge Siren will be placed in readiness for the season's work.

The steamer Hero cleared from Swift's wharf at three o'clock yesterday afternoon for Picton, on her first trip of this season. She carried quite a large cargo of freight, and her passenger list was fairly large for the opening trip. She reached Kingston at eleven this morning, and will start again for Picton at three - half an hour earlier than last year. Capt. Bloomfield is still in charge of the vessel.

p.3 Abigail Becker In Want - "heroine of Long Point" saved five lives 40 years ago.

p.4 Wind Wafts - The following boats left for Toronto this morning to load timber for Garden Island: steamer Bothnia, steamer Armenia, barge Valencia, barge Norway.

Part of the Chicago fleet is now on the way down with grain to Kingston, the first boat to start being the steamer Niko, with the barges Churchill and Connolly Bros. They will reach the Welland canal just about the time it is opened for navigation.

p.6 Snips - Charles McSorely, engineer on the steamer Glengarry last year, left today for Ogdensburg to take charge of the engine in the tug Myra.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Apr 1897