The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Mar 1899

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p.2 W.P. Rothwell's Souvenir - seven 3rd class ice-yachts have a contest for an onyx paper weight donated by a member; race ended with Arrow first, Pastime second, Starlight third.

Among the Sportsmen - much more on ice yachting.

A New River Yacht - building at Cape Vincent by Joseph Peo, 35 1/2' x 7 1/2' x 44 inches, capacity 30 passengers; will be named Lena.

Marine Intelligence.

There will be only one change in the crew of the steamer Merritt this season. William Ostrander, who was mate last year, will be in charge. The boat will be on the same route.

Capt. Van Vlack, in command of the steamer Merritt, is now in charge of George Gooderham's yacht Cleopatra.

Will Alter Its Position - The lighthouse board, American treasury department, Washington, has issued notice that on the opening of navigation, 1899, the three and one half order white light at Braddock Point station, on the southerly shore of Lake Ontario, about two and three quarter miles west north-westerly from Braddock's Point, will be changed so that it will be visible from all points of approach from the lake.

March 3, 1899


Among the Sailors.

General repairs to the barges of the M.T. company are now being rushed.

Capt. Oliver and son leave for Port Hope in a few days to fit out the schooner Eliza White.

Capt. W. Montgomery, late master of the schooner Delaware, will sail the schooner Freeman next season.

The silverware for the R. & O. navigation company's steamer Toronto was purchased in Toronto last week.

Capt. Dewitta, master of the schooner Kate, was in the city this week securing charters and a crew for this vessel.

Capt. J. Oliver has made extensive improvements to the sloop Pilot, including a new rudder. She is ready for the opening of navigation.

Alexander Mitchell has purchased the schooner W.G. Emery, of Toronto. A new spar and necessary improvements will be added and she will be placed in the local trade.

p.3 Pith of the News - The coal ferry Shenango, plying between Conneaut, Ohio, and Port Stanley, which has been fast in the ice off Port Burwell for four weeks, was released by the use of dynamite, and reached Port Stanley last evening.

p.4 To Begin Running - Detroit, March 3rd - The Detroit & Cleveland line has decided to start its boats between here and Cleveland on March 20th if the ice permits. The Northern line will not start out its freight boats before May 1st, according to present plans. Captain Mott, keeper of the St. Claire canal, reports the ice soft around the flats, and that present prospects there for an early opening up there are favorable. Reports from the Soo river indicate that there is more ice up there than for fifteen years and that there is no prospect of an opening before May 1st.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Mar 1899