The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Dec 1898

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Dec. 27, 1898

p.2 One of the boilers for Calvin's new boat arrived from Toronto yesterday.



During the season just closed ninety-four lives were lost on the lakes, and eighty-one of these by drowning. In drowning fatalities Lake Michigan claimed thirty-seven seamen, almost half of the total; Lake Huron had six; Lake Superior twelve; Lake Erie eight; Lake Ontario ten.

Every record of lake carrying has been smashed time and again during the year just closing. Early in the season the steel freighter Andrew Carnegie put the broom at the masthead with a cargo of 230,000 bushels of corn, 6,440 tons, and the schooner Polynesia led her class with 5,729 tons of corn. Soon there came the magnificent steamer Linn with cargoes of 6,314 tons of ore and 6,496 tons of corn, and the immense wood schooner Australia, a sister to the Polynesia carried 6,316 tons of wheat. A little later the Superior City was launched and took the lead at once with loads of 7,463 tons of corn and 7,562 tons of ore. Then came the schooner John Fritz and carried out of Duluth 7,795 tons of ore, and her sister, the Roebeling, took 7,865 tons. The Superior City still holds the broom for ships of her class, and the Roebeling for schooners. The gigantic steamer Morse, twenty-five feet longer than the Superior City, has not carried so large a load and is not intended to do so, having other functions that her builders deem more important. All these ships are of what is known as the 400 foot-class, the Morse being 475 feet long, and the Carnegie, the shortest steamer of the lot, 420. A cargo was carried by the Mohawk that was valued at $500,000, being probably the most costly taken on the lakes for many a day. It was all copper and flour. The 7,562 tons of ore carried in one load by the Superior City were discharged in twelve hours, 145 men being engaged in the labor. The Carnegie took 332,100 bushels of oats at a load, almost an elevator full.

Dec. 28, 1898

p.3 Likely To Be Consummated - directors of Richelieu & Ontario navigation company may have deal with American capitalists for investment in hotels at resorts touched by company's boats.

Dec. 29, 1898

p.2 Will Continue Running - Last season the steamer Pierrepont made her last trip between Kingston and Cape Vincent on New Year's day. Stages crossed between the two points on January 10th. This season the steamer New Island Wanderer is on the route and will continue daily trips until forced to tie up on account of ice forming. Her bottom has been sheeted with iron plates so as to enable her to cut her way through ice floes.

The Local Arena of Sport - details of ice boats Jack Frost owned by J. Bell Carruthers; Typhoon owned by B.W. Folger jr.; Esquimaux owned by Capt. Allen; Defiance owned by John Fisher.

Dec. 30, 1898

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Massena is on Johnson's dry dock, Clayton, N.Y., and is being lengthened seventeen feet and improved in many other ways.

Dec. 31, 1898

p.4 Incidents of the Day - The hull of the tug Jessie Hall is being rebuilt at the M.T. company's wharf, foot of Queen street.

p.7 The Light Keeper Safe - The anxiety which prevailed about the safety of Claude Cole, light keeper at the Main Ducks, who a short time ago left with a companion, in a boat, from the main land, for the island, has been set to rest by the reception of a letter sent to his father, signed A. Cole, Milford, inclosed in a bottle, which washed ashore at the head of Wolfe Island, and thence was forwarded to its destination. The letter is dated December 21st. [Picton Gazette]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Dec 1898