The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Mar 1898

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p.1 The waterlogged wreck of the schooner Lithophone, which drifted away from Port Credit, was seen in the middle of the lake by steamer Lakeside between Toronto and St. Catharines.

p.2 Appeal Went Against The Company - In the court of appeal the decision of the judge, in the case of J.C. Caine vs. Collins Bay rafting company, went against the company. An appeal has been sent to the Supreme Court.

Steamer Princess Louise Sold.

The steamer Princess Louise, of the White Squadron, was sold yesterday, to Mr. Johnston, L'Orignal, who will run her in the passenger trade on the Ottawa river. She will leve for Ottawa as soon as navigation on the Rideau canal is opened. Mr. Johnston is a brother-in-law of Dr. Kidd, Queen's university. Jake Mathews, for some years engineer on the steamer Reindeer, has been engaged to control the engineering department of the Princess Louise.



Officers Who Will Command M.T. Co's Boats.

The officers to command the Montreal transportation company's fleet of boats have been appointed. The lake steamers are ready to sail as soon as the Welland canal opens. The officers are:

Steamers - Active, Capt. E. Bennett, Kingston; engineer, J. Hamilton; Bronson, Capt. J. Murray, Kingston; engineer, R. Hepburn; Glide, Capt. T. Murphy, Kingston; engineer, G. Tuttle; Glengarry, Capt. G. Kean, Malvern; engineer, J. Evans; Jessie Hall, Capt. C. Martin, Kingston; engineer, A. Barton; J.A. Walker, Capt. J. Boyd, Kingston; engineer, G. Boyd; D.G. Thomson, Capt. James Murray, Kingston; engineer, G. Henderson; Bannockburn, Capt. J. Irving, St. Catharines; engineer, R. Taylor; Rosemount, Capt. J.W. Mawdesley, Thorold; engineer, H. Thurston.

River barges - Alberta, Capt. F. Poirier, Valleyfield; Acadia, L. Benoit, Valleyfield; Bella, P. Lalonde, Valleyfield; Cleveland, J.D. Perron, St. Timothee; Chicago, A. Charlebois, sr., Point Claire; Colborne, B. Savie, Kingston; Corn Crib, A. Charlebois, jr., Pointe Claire; Cornwall, H. Boyer, Valleyfield; Detroit, T. Davust, Valleyfield; Dorchester, J. Lalonde, Valleyfield; Eagle, A. Monnette, jr., Valleyfield; Hector, T. Hebert, Valleyfield; Glengarry, A. Major, Valleyfield; Harvest, J. Bradley, jr., St. Lazare; Iowa, J. Davust, Valleyfield; Jennie, M. Moreau, Cedars; John Gaskin, T. Leduc, Kingston; Lancaster, J. Page, Valleyfield; McCarthy, E.R. Roy, Kingston; Montreal, M. Lefebvre, Valleyfield; Maggie, A. Monnette, sr., Valleyfield; Nebraska, C. Leboeuf, Valleyfield; Regina, Ovide Trudell, Melocheville; Senator, A. Lalonde, Valleyfield; Star, E. Secotte, Valleyfield; Toledo, F. Leduc, Valleyfield; Toronto, A. Levoie, Cedars; Wheat Bin, A. St. Marcelles, Cedars; Cobourg, F. Lafrance, Cascades Point; Brighton, N. Mallette, Cornwall; Kingston, A. Hebert, Valleyfield.

Lake barges - Kildonan, Capt. Lefebvre, Valleyfield; Minnedosa, R.C. Irwin, Kingston; Selkirk, H. Colvin, Port Dalhousie; Winnipeg, J. Kirkwood, Kingston; Melrose, J. Fleming, Kingston; Dunmore, J. Phillips, Kingston.

Elevators - No. 1, William Cockade, foreman; No. 2, Edward Bennett, superintendent; Ceres, A. Davy, foreman.

Besides the above, the company uses in their trade several chartered boats.


Painters are at work on the steamer Hero.

Belleville harbor is now free of ice and the boat will soon follow suit.

The voice of the caulking iron rings merrily along the harbor front.

The sloops Sovereign and Red Bird are adrift amongst the ice on the bay at Belleville.

One month from today Richardsons' new elevator will be ready to receive grain.

The schooner Fabiola has been extensively repaired and made more staunch for lake navigation.

The steamer Tecumseh is having a new boiler plant installed at Bertram's iron works, Toronto.

M.T. company barges not requiring repairs have been transferred from above Cataraqui bridge to the company's docks.

The steamer Columbian already has two excursions booked for July and August from Morrisburg and Iroquois for the Thousand Islands.

Repairs to the tugs Antelope and St. George are in progress at Portsmouth. There is activity in that shipyard, in preparing the K. & M.F. Company's boats for the summer work.

F.A. Knapp, inventor of the roller boat, proposes to construct an ocean-going roller at Montreal. He is endeavoring to raise among capitalists in the metropolis, $1,000,000 to float his scheme.

The stewards for the western division of the R. & O. navigation company's steamers for the current season will likely be F.M. Hepburn, C.J. McCambridge, J. Boyd, A. Sparham and W.C. McDonald.

The steamer Island Belle is being fitted out for the summer business. She will again run on the Clayton-Ogdensburg route. Her officers for this season will be: E.S. Keeler, captain; M.W. Evans, mate; Alonzo Elmore, engineer.

The first steamer to leave Alexandria Bay this season, the Spry, Capt. Dingman, started on Sunday with a party of twenty-five for Clayton. At Thousand Island Park she encountered such rough weather she was forced to return.

Captain C. Daryaw, of the sloop Laura D., is the winner of the harbor-master's silk hat, his boat being the first to arrive in port. The sloop sailed over from Simcoe Island this morning with a load of passengers. On Monday she leaves for Shannonville to load barley for Clark's malt house.

p.8 Water In the Lakes - deeper in Lake Ontario, but not as much in Lake Superior.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Mar 1898