The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Mar 1899

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p.2 The Dock in Demand - Just as soon as the ice leaves the harbor the boats at present occupying the government dry dock will be floated out. The government tug St. Francis and the balance and the balance of the mud scows will then enter for repairs. After that, the steamer Armenia, of the Calvin company's fleet, will occupy the dock. The M.T. company has the next option for the use of the dock.

Sporting Paragraphs - four items about ice-yachts.

Incidents of the Day - The officers on the boats of the Calvin company's fleet this season will be the same as last year.

p.4 A Popular Captain - Barriefield, March 14th - The appointment of Capt. Henry Esford to the Toronto is the cause of general rejoicing. Those who have known him from childhood, ever generous, thoughtful and kind, are happy to see him placed in such a post of honor and trust....



Hiram Calvin, the well known vessel owner of Garden Island, Ont., thinks very little of the proposition to run a line of steamers from the lakes straight through to Liverpool, after the completion of the St. Lawrence canal enlargement. He is quoted as having said: "The length of the canal locks, 260 feet, and the depth, fourteen feet, are not enough to allow the steamers large enough to pay well. They could load to sixteen or seventeen feet and tranship enough of their cargo through to Montreal to allow of a big load to Liverpool, but the transhipment would have to be begun at Port Colborne, for there commences the limit of dimensions. This is too long a haul, it seems to me, to make the transhipment pay; the remainder of the cargo would have to be carried several hundred miles, the whole length of Lake Ontario being part of it."

Mr. Calvin expressed the opinion that while there might, after the canals are completed, for some money for lake ship-builders in building very small gunboats, torpedo and department steamers for the American government it will not amount to a great deal.

Visiting In the City - Capt. Patenaude, who commanded the steamer Arabian last fall when she went on a reef on Lake Ontario, is in the city. He does not know as yet what steamer he will command during the coming season.

Toronto, March 14th - Capt. Joseph Jackson, one of the best known men on the lakes, was found dead in his house.......he was part owner of the schooner Shickluna, and was well to do.

General Paragraphs - Captain Fairgrieve, Hamilton, owner of the steamer Arabian, is in the city for the purpose of arranging for repairs to the steamer.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Mar 1899