The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Apr 1899

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p.2 Sporting News - mentions snipe-shaped sailing yacht Coot at Napanee, steam yacht Tekona, Canada Cup challenger Vera and steamyacht Dorothy.

p.6 New Yacht For Local Fleet - A very commodious cruising yacht is in course of construction by W. Robinson, boat builder, for G.R. Nash, which will be ready early in the summer. She is twenty-seven feet over all, and eight feet six inches extreme beam, with a drop of water of about four feet, on a fin keel loaded with a heavy cast iron bulb. She is to be "cat-rigged," and the internal arrangements of the cabin will be suitable for a party of four upon an extended cruise. The new yacht is to be named Olga. No doubt her career will be successful both as regards safety and comfort.

Work on Cornwall Bridge - The tug Petrel left Collins Bay yesterday for Toronto to secure the balance of the Collins Bay rafting company's apparatus left there after completing the water works contract last fall. The Petrel will return to Kingston and leave on Monday with a crew of men to raise the collapsed railway bridge at Cornwall. Louis Lalonde, who had charge of the work last year will likely act in the same capacity this season. Mat Murphy, of this city, will go down as diver and other Kingstonians will work on the raising of the ruined structure.

Pith of the News - The lake barge Minnedosa was floated from the government dry dock last evening after light repairs were done.

The M.T. Company's barge Montreal entered Davis' dry dock this morning for general repairs. The barge Minnie was released last night.

The steamer Fearless and tow scow left this morning for Rudd's quarry, twelve miles down the river St. Lawrence on the north shore, to load sand for the city.

A. Roys and Co., Cornwall, have purchased the fine new steamer Jubilee from Capt. T.J. Craig. The Jubilee will be run daily between Cornwall and Valleyfield.

The Howard transportation company, Duluth, Minn., has been awarded $8,000 damages against the Ogdensburg & Thousand Island transportation company, former owners of the steamer Bon Voyage. The contention made by the Howard company was that the Bon Voyage consumed more coal in attaining a certain speed than was stated by the Ogdensburg company when the boat was sold.


Vessels will be locked through the Welland canal on Monday.

The tug Jackman leaves for down the St. Lawrence river next week.

The schooner Augusta is engaged in the coal trade between Charlotte and Toronto.

Canvas was stretched on the schooners Two Brothers and Queen of the Lakes today.

Mr. Mitchell, of this city, is engaged in repairing the yacht Dauntless at Napanee.

Some of the small vessels still remain in the harbor, through inability to secure cargoes.

The schooner Flora Carveth, grain laden, left Toronto for Kingston on Thursday evening.

The M.T. company's barge Hector today entered the government graving dock for repairs.

Lake Erie is still pretty well blocked with ice and open water cannot be seen from Port Colborne.

The schooner Acacia, from Oswego, arrived at Booth & Co.'s yard last night with her first cargo for this season.

The schooner Lone Star was launched at Napanee on Wednesday and will be fitted out at once by Mr. Howard.

The steamer Armenia will likely leave Garden Island on Tuesday for the canal, taking the schooner S.H. Dunn with her.

The steamers Badger State and Empire State, of the Toledo-Ogdensburg line, will open their season on the first of next month.

The sloop Minnie arrived in port this morning with a cargo of sand for T.G. Rudd. The captain reports several small icebergs in the river.

The steamer Reindeer, in the passenger trade on the Bay of Quinte, began her season's service this week. She is in command of Capt. L.M. Collier.

This morning the steamer Calvin with consorts Ceylon and Augustus cleared from Garden Island for Toronto to load timber for the first mentioned place.

The R. & O. navigation company's steamer Toronto is being wired for 1,100 incandescent lights. When fed at night time with a powerful motor they will afford brilliant illumination.

The steamer Alberta left her winter moorings in Anglin's bay this morning for the Princess street slip. She has been chartered for the present to carry pulp wood across to Cape Vincent.

The Prescott elevator company has purchased the tug E.B. Eddy, which has plied on the Ottawa river for the past fifteen years. She will now tow barges between Prescott and Montreal.

Some dissatisfaction exists among vessel owners over the unsettled basis of marine insurance rates. Certain agents are asking 4 7/8 cents on steel hulls and 6 1/4 cents on first-class wood and at these rates are doing a fair business. The risks, though, are not altogether satisfactory to the vesselmen.

Capt. A. Potter left this morning for Bedford Mills to prepare Tett's tug Edmond and barge for the season's work. As soon as the Rideau canal is opened the Edmond will bring up a raft of timber from Big Rideau lake to Garden Island. Returning light she will pick up her barge and carry wood for her owner.

Three large tows left port last night for the canal, the S.S. Rosemount and consorts Selkirk and Melrose en route for Fort William; S.S. Bannockburn and consorts Winnipeg and Dunmore for Toledo, and steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa for Toledo. The eight boats, with a capacity of half a million bushels, cleared between the hours of twelve and one o'clock, making the largest tow that has ever left at the one time.

Joseph Dolan, agent for the R. & O. navigation company at Toronto, has already booked several American tourists for a trip over their line. On July 29th and September 2nd the Ideal Outing club, of Boston, will be in Toronto, from which point the members will start for a run down the river. The association of railway accounting officers will visit the queen city in the latter part of July on their way to Montreal to attend the annual convention.

The tug Glide, of the M.T. company's fleet, will probably be launched on Tuesday.

In the rebuilding of her no change was made in her dimensions, which are: Length 100 feet; breadth 16 feet; depth 10 feet. With the exception of a portion of the keelson the hull is entirely new, and constructed with the best seasoned oak with steel-bound fore foot. The old upper works remain. The machinery has been extensively improved, which will make the tug more powerful than ever. Without extraordinary accident or rough usage the Glide, built thirty-four years ago, will yet serve the company for quite a few decades.

This morning harbor master McCammon was called upon to settle a dispute between the captain of the tug Fearless and Capt. Gaskin. The tug Jessie Hall and barge Hector were moored side by side in the Queen street slip, the Hector, in a sinking condition, being unloaded with all rapidity in preparation for entering the dry dock. The Fearless and her scow were inside and had not sufficient space to pass out. The captain was anxious to get away so as to load with sand at Rudd's quarry today, and Capt. Gaskin was not disposed to waste time in shifting the Hector, when the work of unloading her was only a matter of half an hour. The Fearless had to wait.

Capt. Batten will leave for Toronto on Tuesday to figure on slight alterations to some rooms on the steamer Toronto. Steward Hepburn is now engaged in fitting out his departments.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Apr 1899