The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Feb 1899

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p.2 Her Name Will Be Canada - The latest rumor in marine circles is that the name of the steamer Empress of India will be changed to that of Canada. It now seems settled all but the official announcement that next season she will be found on the route between Niagara, Toronto and Kingston.

p.8 Opposition Line - G.W. Hepburn, the Picton steamboat man, is said to be contemplating some changes in his steamboat line. The Empress and other boats will possibly be lengthened and otherwise refitted, and placed on a route in opposition to the R. & O. boats. Mr. Hepburn also owns the Alexandria, which for many seasons has run on the Hamilton-Montreal route.

Feb. 6, 1899

p.6 Snake Island Light - W.H. Noble, of the department of marine and fisheries, Ottawa, is in the city for the purpose of attending to the removal of the lighthouse on Snake Island to a point on the shoals south-east of the island. The lighthouse will be built upon a steel cassion, built here by the Kingston foundry company. The light is being removed in consequence of a meeting of mariners and others interested, which took place here last fall.

Feb. 7, 1899

p.2 Incidents of the Day - Capt. John Allen, Belleville, has come to Kingston to engage in shipbuilding.

The tug Glide, of the M.T. company's fleet, is being rebuilt at the company's local yard.


Asks For $5,000.

The Collins Bay rafting and forwarding company has asked the Toronto city council for $5,000 which the company claims to have lost while engaged in laying the new conduit pipe into Toronto bay. The loss was occasioned by the faulty state of the city's shore connection, occasioning much extra work on the part of the company. The city's engineers will acknowledge the company's claim.

The Wrong Channel To Be Used.

The marine department has ignored the valuable experience of old mariners and proposed putting the Snake Island lighthouse further south in the shoal whereas the real channel is on the north side and the light should be put nearer to it. A wide, deep channel is turned down for a narrow and tortuous channel with shoals in constant appearance.


Purchase Of A Steamer.

The Donnelly salvage and wrecking company has purchased the steamer Eurydice and hereafter will use her in connection with their wrecking operations. The Eurydice was formerly the old steamer Hastings. This morning John Donnelly, jr., and a gang of workmen went up to Toronto to overhaul and improve the steamer.

Late Afternoon Events - The K. & M. F. company yesterday put a gang of men to work repairing the company's barges, wintering at Portsmouth. The tug St. George is also undergoing repairs, having her engine compounded by the Kingston foundry.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Feb 1899