The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Apr 1899

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p.1 Ice In the Lakes - detailed description of ice remaining in each lake; indicates navigation will open late.

The schooner Fabiola reached Crawford's wharf this afternoon and unloading was immediately commenced.

p.3 Deseronto Doings - April 17th - The steamer Deseronto was launched Thursday and made her first regular trip to Picton on Saturday....Schooner Echo was the first vessel to arrive at this port this season, coming in on Thursday. The steamer Ella Ross will start regular trips between Belleville, Trenton and Picton on 19th inst. The steam barge Nile was the first vessel to clear from this port loaded with lumber for Picton and left Thursday. S. Benson's tug Hydra made her first trip Thursday to Hay Bay for a load of fish. On account of the ice near Bath and Conway the steamer Resolute could not reach Deseronto Saturday. The tug Rescue left here Saturday evening for Kingston to clear the channel to this place. Both boats arrived at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Resolute loaded and left tonight with a cargo of ties and shingles for Oswego. The sloop Lia arrived today and is loading for Picton.



The steambarge (sic) Flora Emma is at Trenton shipping grain for Kingston.

The sloop Lia, Capt. Eccles, left Belleville yesterday for Deseronto to load wood.

Sloops Hattie Ann and Sovereign are loading lumber at Deseronto for various ports.

Capt. E.A. Booth, jr., left yesterday for Toronto to bring down the steamer Eurydice.

The steamer Armenia came over from Garden Island today and entered the government dry dock.

Capt. Hurley says he will have the steamer King Ben ready for sailing on the first of next month.

The steamer D.D. Calvin and consorts will leave for Toronto on Saturday to load timber for Garden Island.

The steamer New Island Wanderer was to have left for Cape Vincent this afternoon to begin regular service tomorrow.

The steambarge Alberta is ready for sailing. She trades in general merchandise this season between here and Montreal.

The schooner H.M. Ballou is engaged to carry lumber from Deseronto to Toronto. She reached Deseronto yesterday for her first load.

The barge Hector at Brighton has been raised, and is on her way to this port in tow of the tugs Thomson and Jessie Hall. The tow is coming down the bay.

As soon as the ice permits the sloops Minnie, Idlewild and Pilot will leave for Stella to load grain for this port. A wager has been made as to which will make the quickest return, and Capt. Maloney is satisfied that the Minne will make the record.

The steamer Hero was unable to get out of the harbor yesterday owing to the ice jam. It was thought she would leave for the bay today if a clear channel was obtainable.

The schooner Grantham is being fitted out for wrecking purposes under the supervision of Capt. Hurley. She will proceed to the Walker wreck in a few days.

Government dredge Rideau commenced operations yesterday morning immediately above Bell's island in the Rideau canal. The tug Shambly will arrive from Ottawa as soon as the locks are opened.

The schooner Fabiola, Capt. D. Bates, wintered at Big Sodus, arrived across yesterday and cast anchor at the foot of Garden Island. She presented a pretty picture when running the open stretch from Nine Mile Point to Garden Island, during which she was called upon to do some clever manoeuvring to avoid collision with numerous blocks of floating ice. This morning anchor was raised and the schooner worked her way across through the ice before a light east wind. Her cargo of coal is for S. Anglin.

The steamer Chieftain entered the government graving dock today for general repairs.

Large Combine in Shipbuilding - Chicago, April 18th - The combination of the great lake shipyards, so long planned, has finally been completed. The capital stock of the new concern is $30,000,000, and its name will be the American shipbuilding company. The new company includes the Chicago shipbuilding company, the Globe iron works, the Cleveland shipbuilding company, the Milwaukee dry-dock company, and the American steel barge company. The owners of the plants selling out agree to take fifty per cent of the amount in paid for stock.

p.8 Late Afternoon Events - The tugs Thomson and Jessie Hall arrived from Brighton this afternoon with the barge Hector, which will be docked at once.

Repairs to the steamer New Island Wanderer were finished yesterday. Three new staterooms were added. This morning the task of making repairs to the steamer America was begun.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Apr 1899