The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Sep 1898

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The schooner S.H. Dunn leaves for Toledo tonight to load timber.

The tug Jessie Hall arrived from Montreal with three light barges.

Two barges were loaded at Richardsons' elevator with grain for Montreal.

The sloop Rover shipped a load of lumber here today for Cape Vincent.

The steamer Bothnia left Garden Island for Toledo yesterday to load grain.

The tug Bronson left for Montreal last night with three barges, grain laden.

The tug Active reached port from Sodus Point today with two coal-laden barges.

The schooner Kate arrived from bay ports last evening with peas for Richardsons' elevator.

The propellers Rosedale, Melbourne and Haskell are in the Welland canal en route to eastern ports.

The tug Maggie May and barge cleared for Seeley's Bay today, after discharging wood at Wolfe Island.

The steamer Algerian from Toronto and the steamer Spartan from Montreal touched at Swift's wharf today.

The S.S. Algonquin is subjected to a serious delay in discharging her cargo of coal at Jackfish through a break in the unloading plant.

The lake carriers' association at a meeting in Cleveland appointed A. McDougall, Duluth; J.C. Gilchrist, Cleveland; C.W. Elphicke, Chicago, and Harvey D. Coulder, counsel for the association, a joint conference at Quebec to urge the abolition of tolls from the Welland canal.


Of the many pleasant outings available to Kingstonians, undoubtedly the most enjoyable and exhilirating is a trip to Montreal by the river route. This famous trip has a reputation for novelty that is world wide, and it is becoming more popular each year.

The passage from Kingston to Montreal consumes one day only. Steamers leave Kingston at half past four each morning, passing through the far-famed picturesque Thousand Islands. The radiant and ceaseless loveliness of nature's ever-changing panorama is seldom more appreciated than in the midst of these islands -


With diamond plots of dark and bright."

The sturdy steamer keeps plotting onwards and at about mid-day the first of the series of rapids - nature's wonders - are met with. On Sunday, August 28th, the writer had the pleasure of seeing the rapids from the deck of the floating palace, the steamer Corsican, commanded by Capt. Estes, a native of Kingston and one of the most trusted captains in the employment of the R. & O. navigation company. A feature of the steamer Corsican is the fact that nearly its officers and crew are Kingstonians. Purser James Devlin, an obliging, courteous official, is from this city. Steward W.J. Clark is another native of Kingston and is counted one of the most efficient stewards on the line. The chief engineer, C. Parker, baggageman G. Reid, and so on down the list of officials are all from Kingston. All are most courteous to passengers and seem to anticipate their desires as they are most prompt in obeying.

In passing through the islands and rapids an official stands on the bow of the boat and points out places of interest to tourists, points that are noted and historic, but would be passed over without a second glance if not pointed out. In this way considerable knowledge of the river is gained. Montreal is reached at about half past six, the entire route having been passed through in daylight. The R. & O. steamers have a record of not having missed running the rapids during a trip this season.

The character of the meals supplied aboard the sturdy at most reasonable rates is as good as furnished in any leading hotel in Canada. The waiters are obliging and are up-to-date in their service, are neat and clean in attire and take a delight in having patrons leave the steamer with pleasant recollections of their trip.

p.6 They Deserted The Ship - stories of great lakes that tend to prove the belief that if rats desert a vessel it is going to sink.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Sep 1898