The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Mar 1899

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Among the Sailors.

Carpenters are caulking the decks of the steamer Resolute.

The echo of the caulker's mallet along the harbor front is again heard with pleasure.

Thomas Gaskin left yesterday for Chicago to ship as second mate on a large steamer.

Rodney Irwin has gone to Buffalo, and will sail as mate of a large barge hailing from that port.

The officers of the R. & O. navigation company's boats were to have been appointed today at Montreal.

A.W. Hepburn, Picton, has given a contract for a new steamer, the route for which has not yet been made known.

This morning government boiler inspector Thompson inspected the machinery of the new tug built by R. Davis & Sons for W. Deneshau, Morrisburg.

March 9, 1899

p.1 Goderich Route Preferred - millers believe that insurance on grain shipped through Goderich is cheaper, and when the harbor dredging is completed shipping will be cheaper, therefore they want the harbor dredged as quickly as possible to enable the largest vessels now trading upon upper lakes to unload here.



At a meeting of the directors of the Richelieu and Ontario navigation company at Montreal yesterday the captains to command the company's steamers were appointed. The principal interest attached to the appointment of a captain for the new steamer Toronto, which will begin on the Toronto-Prescott route on the first of June. Capt. Henry Esford, Barriefield, for many years in the company's service, was given charge of the new boat. The appointment will give general satisfaction, for Capt. Esford is one of the most popular officers on the company's western fleet. Capt. H.P. Grange will again command the steamer Spartan, and Capt. John McGrath will sail the Corsican. The captaincy of the steamers Columbian, Bohemian, Caspian, Algerian and Hamilton apparently have not been filled yet.

March 10, 1899

p.6 Late Afternoon Events - Boiler makers from the Kingston foundry are engaged in making repairs to the steamer St. George at Portsmouth.

Workmen are employed on all the steamers of the white squadron, getting them ready for the opening of navigation. The steamer Pierrepont is almost ready to begin her trips.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Mar 1899