The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Feb 1899

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p.1 New Knapp Roller Boat - Ottawa, Feb. 15th - A new Knapp roller boat will probably be constructed in Toronto during the coming season. A company is now being formed in Chicago for the purpose.


The Value Of The Craft.

At the annual meeting of the Richelieu and Ontario navigation company president Forget, in answer to a question, said that the boats were valued some years ago, when he and Mr. Gildersleeve, the general manager, entered the company, by three experts. He felt and knew that all their boats were today worth more than they had cost. A good steel hull of a steamer would last for a hundred years. Every year their steamers increased in value, and he was certain that most of them were worth one-third more than their estimated value; at any rate they could not be replaced for what they cost.

Incidents of the Day - The work of caulking the government dredge and the tug Bronson, at present occupying the government graving dock, will be finished within a week.

p.6 Mr. Swift Retired - James Swift retired from the board of directors of the R. & O. navigation company, after giving several months notice of his intention. He found the frequent trips to Montreal irksome. He was released with regret by his fellow directors.

Feb. 16, 1899

p.2 Incidents of the Day - Extensive improvements will be added to the steamer Empire State this spring. Her hull will be altered and her engines improved in order to increase her speed. The work will be undertaken just as soon as the ice leaves the harbor.

p.5 Council of Wolfe Island - Feb. 6th - ....Moved by W.B. Card, seconded by Thomas Flynn, and resolved, that this council petition the minister of public works for the services of a dredge to deepen and widen channel leading to the Wolfe Island ferry dock, the channel already dredged never having been completed, not having been made sufficiently wide nor deep to accommodate a steamer in all kinds of weather....

p.6 Late Afternoon Events - The schooner Ella Murton was put up at auction in Hamilton and knocked down to Capt. Sutherland, Goderich, for a sum very much less than the original price, which was $18,000.

Feb. 17, 1899


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Feb 1899