The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jan 1899

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p.1 A Vessel Burned - Detroit, Jan. 18th - Lat night at Ecorse, Mich., the steambarge Germania, owned by W.D. Smith, was burned to the water's edge. Loss $12,000; insurance unknown. The boat plied last summer between Cleveland and Sandwich, carrying coal. The only man on board yesterday was Henry Reno, who was painting the smoke stack, but he left some hours before the boat was discovered afire.

p.2 Death of Robert Downey - Napanee, Jan. 18th - Word reached here yesterday afternoon of the death of Robert Downey, Oswego, N.Y., which sad event occurred in that city.....He was born in South Fredericksburg and spent his boyhood in this district going to Oswego about fifteen years ago, where he carried on an extensive coal and grain business. He was about fifty years of age and leaves two children to mourn.


Ice-Boating Joys.

There are large tracts of smooth ice on the harbor and lake that are excellent for ice yachting purposes. The twenty-seven yachts that belong to the Kingston fleet are in commission with the exception of two - the Klondyke and the Starlight. The club members have been so busily engaged getting in readiness for the ball tonight that not a great deal of attention has been given to the sport during the last few days.

Yesterday the Juno, owned by Charles M. Clarke, Portsmouth, had her mast carried away by the wind. Straubenzie and Logan's boat also suffered injury by getting into a crack in the ice near the asylum and breaking one of her runners.

Many of the ice-yachtsmen will take a run up to Picton tomorrow. There is a clean course there and back.

There is a possibility of a scrub race being held some time soon. A course has not yet been laid out.

The constitution and by law book of the Kingston yacht club has just been issued. On the front page, in bright colors, appear the signal and the commodore's and vice-commodore's colors. A list of the ice yachts, their owners' names, etc., is given in tabulated form. The names of honorary members, members, officers and regatta committee are also included. The neat little book was the product of the Whig's job room.

Jan. 19, 1899

p.4 Yacht Club Ball - given in city hall.

p.5 Battersea, Jan. 17th - ....Capt. John Ruttan, owner of the scow Volunteer, came near ending his aquatic career in the cold waters of Dog Lake recently. (only has one arm, dropped through ice, waited until mit froze to ice, and hauled himself out)

Jan. 20, 1899

p.2 Work on the new steamer being built by A.W. Hepburn, Picton, is going forward with all celerity. Her model indicates that she will not take second place for speed with any vessel on inland waters.

Incidents of the Day - Davis & Son will build a tug for towing services in connection with dominion government improvements, also an excursion steamer for Lake Champlain. Figures have been given for a steamer for the Ottawa river at Pembroke.

p.3 Pith of the News - The Goderich steamer Atlanta is caught in the ice 200 feet from the shore at Sheboygan, Wis., and will probably be cut to pieces.

p.6 Late Afternoon Events - Capt. Arthur Clarkson, Toronto, a well-known navigator (at one time having charge of the Jessie Drummond) died on Thursday from heart failure. He leaves a wife, six sons and four daughters.

Jan. 21, 1899


Jan. 23, 1899

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The large three masted schooner Dunn is being given a thorough overhauling at her wharf in the harbor, preparatory to her season's work.

Eighteen new staterooms are being placed in the steamer North King and she is being otherwise refitted for the excursion business next summer.

Jan. 24, 1899


Jan. 25, 1899

p.4 A Doctor's Bill Reduced - R. Hawkes vs Montreal Forwarding Co. - he fell into hold of barge while unloading grain. [Montreal Witness]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jan 1899