The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jan 1899

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - The steamers Junita and Edith May will be rebuilt and enlarged at Grindstone Island this winter.

The steambarge Iona has been sold to Messrs. Hall, Ottawa, who own a fleet of boats. Capt. Vanalstine will still hold his interest in her. This firm has also bought the Nellie Cuthbert.

Ice Yachting Improving - rain improved ice; Capt. LaRush's yacht is the leader of the Grove Inn fleet.

Companies on the Lakes - From a statement furnished by the late T.F. Taylor, marine inspector, it appears that the number of companies in Canada having steamers and other craft engaged in the commerce of the lakes is twenty-four. Three of these go no further than the head of Lake Ontario, three entend their operations to Lake Erie, five to Lake Huron and thirteen to Lake Superior. Five Canadian steamers are employed on Lake Erie, thirteen on Lake Huron and twenty six navigate the waters of Lake Superior. About half of these are first-class steel freight and passenger vessels of from 1,200 to 2,600 tons each.

Death of Charles Crowley - survived sinking of Edward Blake on Lake Michigan, clung to rigging 26 hours before being rescued, later appointed president of seamen's union.



Cape Vincent's ice yacht fleet is one of the best known. Its yachts are of the most modern construction and some of them have records of very fast sailing. In fact, some of the best improvements now in use on ice yachts were invented by C.J. Root, of Cape Vincent, a most successful builder of these speedy craft.

The fleet as now organized is as follows: Commodore, J.D. Fitzgerald; captain, George Clark; secretary and treasurer, Charles A. Shaw; regatta committee, A.H. Seymour, Thomas Flake, Alexander Pigdon, R.J.J. Newman, Lucius Dodge.

The principal yachts of the fleet are: The Shark, commander, R. Dodge; Ruth, commander, C.J. Root; Defender, commander, J.D. Fitzgerald; Spook, commander, C.T. Sacket; Sprite, commander, W.E. Dodge; Flirt, commander, L. Poe; St. Lawrence, commander, G. Clark; Dart, commander, C.A. Shaw.

The club has challenged theWalker Cup, the race to be sailed as soon as ice and weather is suitable. This cup was presented to the Kingston, Ont. club in 1896, but has been sailed for in only one heat of any race, which was won by the Spook, of Cape Vincent.

Whenever the conditions are favorable, an exciting race may be looked for, and it will go hard if the trophy is not transferred to this side of the line for a while. [Watertown Standard]

Jan. 17, 1899


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jan 1899