The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1897

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April 17, 1897

p.1 Liquor Tax for Steamers in Ontario - Albany, N.Y., April 17th - The question of jurisdiction for the purpose of the collection of the liquor tax having been raised by certain steamers plying around and across Lake Ontario, the excise department today ruled that they must have a liquor tax certificate if liquor is sold on board while the craft is anywhere in Lake Ontario south of the boundary line between the United States and Canada.



John McFall is again in charge of the engine of the steamer Ella Ross.

The sloop Maggie L. cleared yesterday for Bath with a consignment of lumber.

The sloop Laura D. cleared for Picton this morning to load peas for Cape Vincent.

The steamer Rosemount is fitting out and will be ready for navigation within a week.

F. McDermott left yesterday to assume the duties of the post of second mate of the schooner S.H. Neelon.

The sloop Idlewild arrived from Gananoque yesterday with a consignment of brick for a local builder.

At Toledo three steamers and three schooners will load in a few days 200,000 cubic feet of timber for Garden Island.

John Hurley has left for Collins Bay to assume the duties of the position of mate and pilot of the steambarge Waubaushene.

The steamer America will not go into "commission" until May 24th, although she will be ready for sea-going before that date.

Capt. Maudsley, of the M.T. Co.'s steamer Rosemount, has arrived here from Thorold to take charge of his vessel for the season.

W. Collins has been appointed second mate of the steambarge Lake Michigan and leaves next week to assume the duties of his new position.

Sails were unfurled to the breeze on the schooner S.H. Dunn yesterday. This schooner will be one of the first of sailing craft to pass through the Welland canal this season.

The steamer Bannockburn coaled up today and this evening will leave for Port Dalhousie to be in readiness for the opening of the Welland canal, which takes place on Monday. She is bound for Fort William to load wheat for Richardson & Sons.

The M.T. company's barge Acadia left the government dry dock last evening after having been thoroughly overhauled, caulked, etc. This morning the barge McCarthy, also of the M.T. Co.'s fleet, was placed in the dock for repairs, necessary before commencing the season.

The first cargo of coal to be delivered at this port this season will, in all probability, be carried by the schooner Fabiola, which is expected at Swift's wharf from Oswego, N.Y., on Monday next. The schooner Fleetwing will, it is expected, reach the same wharf a few hours later with coal from Charlotte, N.Y., and the schooner Queen of the Lakes is timed to arrive on Tuesday.

The Elevator Committee.

The grain elevator committee held a meeting on Thursday afternoon, chairman Donnelly presiding and aldermen Stewart, Livingston, Carson, Richardson and Ryan in attendance. City solicitor McIntyre and alderman Mooers were present also. The object of the meeting was to consider ways and means of fulfilling the city's promise to the proposed elevator company, re exemption from taxation, without violating the law that prohibits the granting of tax exemption. Several methods of getting over the difficulty were discussed. Finally a resolution was passed, recommending the city council to grant the elevator company $35,000 instead of the bonus of $25,000. The company will then be expected to pay the taxes from which government will not permit the city to exempt the promoters.

p.4 Wind Wafts - The contract for the iron steamer of novel pattern, for Frederic Knapp, of Prescott, has been given to the Polson iron works company, Toronto. The Kingston Canadian engine and machinery company tendered at same price, but discouraged Mr. Knapp by conditions.

New steam whistles have been placed in condition on the steamers Rosemount and Bannockburn. They are larger and will give louder sound than the old ones.


The management of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company have appointed officers for the various boats of the line. The Toronto-Montreal fleet this year will consist of the steamers Hamilton, Corsican, Spartan, Passport and Algerian. They will be officered as follows: Hamilton, Capt. Baker; steward, A. Marcil. Corsican, Capt. Esford; steward, W. McElroy. Spartan, Capt. Grange; steward, F. Hepburn. Passport, Capt. Sewell; steward, W. Pritty. Algerian, Capt. Dunlop; steward, A. Sparham. Capt. Sewell, now with the Passport, was last year saloon captain of the Corsican. The steamer Hamilton will again make a weekly service between Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton. She will make her first trip on May 1st. The tri-weekly service of the company between Toronto and Montreal will commence on May 31st, and the daily service will commence about the middle of June. [Montreal Herald]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1897