The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Feb 1898

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p.1 Further Restriction - amendment to the American navigation laws; no Canadian vessel to call at two or more American ports in succession for cargo or passengers; will have big effect on St. Lawrence river.

p.4 Capt. Hemens Is On Deck - Sackett's Harbor, Feb. 9th - two men went on board steamer Gilbert to remove a steam pump they claimed to own; Capt. Hemens returned while they were on board and ejected them from the vessel. [Watertown Times]

p.5 District Dashes - On the authority of Capt. G. Johnston, chief engineer of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, it is learned that the company has withdrawn the threatened suit against Belleville relating to the small pox affair of last summer.

Feb. 12, 1898

p.2 Improvements Being Made - The steamer Arundell, which ran last season between Oswego and the Thousand Islands and which is now in winter quarters at Detroit, will be put in commission again next summer. When she makes her maiden trip at the opening of the summer season she will be a revelation to her admirers of a season ago. The improvements will include a complete electrical plant and a powerful searchlight.

R. & O. N. Co. Appointment - The first of the officers of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company's new steamer Toronto has been appointed in the person of William Black, chief engineer of the steamer Hamilton. Mr. Black will be the chief engineer of the new boat.



The red light at Snake Island is not in a satisfactory position and the department of marine will have it shifted from its present location. For some hundred feet east and south east of Four Mile light runs a bed of flat rock, not covered with sufficient water to allow heavily laden boats to pass over it. On this ledge several steamers have grounded and it has been a source of nuisance to mariners. The light now stands back from the edge, which is marked by two barrel buoys, one south of the light and one north. The light will be moved southeast and located at the edge of the rock bed, so that steamers keeping it just to the left will find the deep water passage. Another great improvement to be instituted by the department is the buoying of the old ship channel. This will be fully appreciated by the lake captains who feel more at home with heavy draught boats in coming down that channel. There is some talk of a light being placed on the shore as a guide through the channel at night time.

Almost Frozen To Death - on Lake Ontario with fishermen. [Ogdensburg Journal]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Feb 1898