The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Jan 1899

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(available on microfilm at Kingston-Frontenac Public Library and Queen's University Stauffer Library)

Note: Many issues for 1899 have pieces missing, both from fragmentation and cutting.)

Jan. 3, 1899

(pages 1 & 2 are at end of roll after June 30th - only fragments)

p.5 Wolfe Island Incidents - Dec. 31st - A large number if islanders boarded the Pierrepont this morning for Kingston.

p.8 The River Frozen - The river between the city and the islands froze over during Saturday night. The steamer Pierrepont was able to make a trip to the islands on Sunday morning, but could not stir out yesterday, consequently no American mails were received yesterday. However, she managed to get over this morning. The mails are carried across the island. Last year the Pierrepont laid up on January 8th.

Late Afternoon Events - The Crosthwaite and the Massassit, two barges from the great lakes belonging to the Atlantic towing company, have been libelled at Halifax on a claim for $175 by the agent of the company.

After the Vacancy - John Gaskin, jr., is an applicant for the position of valuator and adjustor for the insurance underwriters, made vacant by the death of the late Capt. Thomas Taylor.

Jan. 4, 1899

p.2 A Steamer Launched - The new steamer India was launched today at Garden Island. She is the largest steamer ever built on Garden Island, and will enter the timber trade next spring.

Repairs To Be Made - It is expected that work will be commenced at once in making repairs to the government dredge and scows at present in the government graving dock.

Incidents of the Day - The machinery of the tug Bronson, at present in the government graving dock, has been removed and is undergoing repairs.


The India Launched.

The first launch for 1899, Calvin company's new steamship India, occurred this morning at Garden Island. She was prettily decorated with British and American bunting and presented a gay appearance. The steamer sits very gracefully on the water. She is 212 feet long, thirty-seven feet beam, fifteen feet hold and built of the best white oak.

She is fitted with triple expansion engines with cylinders eighteen, thirty, forty-eight and a uniform stroke of thirty inches. The engines were built by the Calvin company in their own marine engine shop at Garden Island. Her propeller wheel is ten feet seven inches in diameter with a pitch of twelve feet. Her boilers, two in number, are of steel of the Scotch type eleven feet five inches in diameter and twelve feet long, carrying 160 pounds steam. She is also fitted with several auxiliary engines for reversing the main engine, for steering, raising anchors, etc. She will probably be used in the carrying of timber from the great lakes to this port.

Jan. 5, 1899

p.2 A Fortunate Craft - The tug Glide, on the ways at the M.T. company's yard, is being given a new hull and otherwise rebuilt. This tug, built at Brockville 34 years ago, has been one of the most fortunate boats of its class on the river.

Incidents of the Day - The tug Bronson, of the M.T. company's fleet, is in the government drydock having her machinery and hull overhauled.

p.6 Increase of Arrivals - The arrivals at the Port of Toronto during the navigation season of 1898 was 3,393 as againt 3,988 in 1897.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Jan 1899