The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Mar 1898

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Harbor Improvements.

Lake captains and pilots view with a vast degree of pleasure the proposed improvements to the entrance to the harbor from the lake. The shifting of the red light south east to the border of the rocky ledge will meet with general approval, also the marking out of the old ship channel. A mariner suggests that when these improvements are in progress a gas buoy be placed at the outer entrance of the ship channel and a lighthouse be erected on the shore on a range with the channel. These, he claims, are necessities for safe navigation after dark with deep draught boats.


Slight repairs are being done to the hull of the schooner Grantham.

When the S.S. Rosedale sails Capt. J. Ewart will take command with E. O'Dell as engineer.

The local government steamboat inspectors have already commenced their spring work at inspection.

Charles McCallum, Cobourg, has purchased the schooner Katie Eccles, well known in this port.

Capt. J.S. Moore will command the steamer Myles this season, with James Smeaton as engineer.

Capt. J. McMaugh will again sail the S.S. Algonquin this season. J.H. Ellis has been appointed engineer.

Capt. J. Rushford is ready to sail with his sloop Idle Wild, for Nickel point, with a load of building material for architect Newlands.

The steamer Hero opens her season's work on the Bay of Quinte tomorrow, leaving Swift's wharf at the usual hour, three o'clock. Yesterday's high wind relieved the bay of much floating ice.

The propellor Persia has been acquired by Messrs. W.A. Geddes, Toronto, and Jacques, Montreal. The Persia, under command of Capt. Scott, will run on the Montreal-Toronto route with the steamer Ocean.


Against Kingston's Interests.

The Montreal Star reports that the directors of the Richelieu company are to interview the minister at Ottawa in regard to change in coasting regulations. Surely it is not with a view of preventing American steamers, who take on excursion parties at Prescott, Brockville and ports down the river and bring them to Kingston, making a call on the American side among the Thousand Islands. This prohibition has been urged heretofore by parties not interested in this city, and if it is being again attempted a delegation should go to Ottawa to protest against it. This city harvests a larger benefit from excursion parties than any other point on the river, and if a steamer taking on passengers at the river points on the Canadian side could not touch on the United States side among the Thousand Islands, and then come through with her passengers to Kingston, excursion parties would remain among the Thousand Islands. Thus the city would lose the benefit of a traffic long enjoyed, and which will continue to increase if adverse coasting regulations do not prevent it. Watch the men who are working against Kingston.

District News - The steamer Deseronto was the first vessel to reach Picton harbor last spring, arriving in from Deseronto on the 8th of April. The previous year the same vessel arrived in from the same port on the 18th of April.

The sloop Madcap leaves for Bath this evening with a cargo of flour consigned by W. Peters.

The schooner Pilot is taking on a load of stone.

p.6 Lake Erie Clear of Ice - Colchester, March 21st - Capt. John Manson on way to Colchester light, to be lit for first time tonight.

No Ice In The St. Clair - Detroit, March 21st - The Detroit and Windsor ferry company's steamer Promise, with about a hundred passengers, made a trip to St. Clair flats yesterday. Not a particle of ice was met with in St. Clair lake. The water at the flats was found higher than usual at this season. The steamer Arundell, with three hundred passengers, made the trip to Port Huron and return yesterday, finding no ice on the route.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Mar 1898