The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Mar 1898

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Successors to Robt. Coffey. Builders of all kinds of Skiffs,

Canoes, Sail Boats, Yawls and Steam Launches.

Boat houses to rent. Good Boat Livery.

Foot of Simcoe Street and Cataraqui Bridge.



Kingston, Picton, Belleville.


(Commencing 24th March.)

Will leave Kingston daily (Sundays excepted) at 3 p.m. for Picton and Bay of Quinte ports.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays calling at Deseronto and Belleville.

For further information apply to

James Swift & Co., Agents. H.H. Gildersleeve, Gen. Manager.



The sloop Rover left for Gananoque this morning.

The lake at Toronto is seventeen inches higher than it was at date last year.

The schooner Fabiola will leave for Oswego to load coal on Thursday or Friday.

Painters are busy on the new barge in the M.T. company's shipyard, which will soon be ready for launching.

Preparations for the launching of the M.T. company's steel barge, Brighton, will be commenced immediately.

The steam barge Alberta sailed to Crawford's wharf from above the bridge yesterday. In a day or so she will leave for Oswego to place buoys along the American shore.

Capt. Geoghegan, of her majesty's customs, has again been assigned for duty at the ferry wharf, where his obliging manner and ability have won for him many friends among the travelling public in years past.

The first trip down the river was made by the steamer Johnston on the 20th. She took a load of ship plank to the George Hall company, Ogdensburg. They are building a tug 90 feet long, 20 ft. beam; compound engine 16 in. and 32 in. by 24 in. stroke, 160 lbs. steam.

Referring to the Knapp roller boat, built in Toronto last year, the Prescott Messenger has this to say: The boat will be in Prescott just as soon as navigation opens; ice is all that detains her at Toronto. Mr. Knapp is making a few improvements which he prefers having done at Prescott. The flanges or paddles are to be lengthened, and several other minor matters about the strange craft improved upon.



Capt. James McMaugh of the steamer Algonquin was born in Quebec on March 1st, 1842 and came with his parents when fourteen years old moving with them two years later to St. Catharines. His father was employed as foreman blacksmith in the shipyard of the late Louis Shickluna at St. Catharines, and there his son began his trade. Later they returned to Toronto, and young McMaugh was apprenticed as a boiler maker in the establishment of the late James Currie on the Esplanade. He subsequently worked as a blacksmith in St. Catharines, and in 1861 shipped as second engineer on the propellor Avon, staying on her for two years. In 1864 he became second engineer on the old propeller America. He then secured chief's papers and took charge of the engines of the propeller Enterprise during 1865 and 1866. In 1867 he was engineer on the tug Metamora, and for the next three years he had charge on the America. In 1871 he had the engines on the propeller Scotia, and in 1872 he commanded the propeller Europe. He sailed the propeller Sovereign from 1873 to 1878 inclusive, and in 1879 he commanded the propeller Asia, becoming an employee of the Northwest transportation company. In 1880 and 1881 he had the propeller City of St. Catharines losing her on July 12th by collision. She sank in fifteen minutes. He then took the propeller California and in 1882 had the tug Active. In 1883 he took command of the propellor Ontario, which stranded off Port Elgin in a fog and had to be scuttled. Two seasons afterwards he took command of the propeller Argyle, and in 1885 he sailed the Active again, and from 1886 to 1892 he commanded the Argyle, which had been rebuilt and renamed the Glengarry. In 1893 he took command of the Algonquin and is still on her. Capt. McMaugh has been affiliated with the A.F. & A.M. since 1866. [Toronto Globe]

p.6 A Vessel Ashore - Wheatley, March 22nd - A large lighter from Toledo, Ohio, got loose and came ashore at Coatsworth dock about six miles from this place. It is filled with sand and water. The tug Brickhead has arrived from Toledo and is now at work pumping out and releasing the vessel.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Mar 1898