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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1899

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Valleyfield, Que., May 31st - The siege of the schooner Helvetia is over. United States vice consul German, Montreal, paid Capt. Marks the $600 he claimed as wages and the captain turned the schooner over to him. Capt. Parker and his crew, waiting for some time, immediately took possession and the schooner will immediately leave for Cleveland just as soon as she can be got in trim. There is much rejoicing in Valleyfield over the victory of Capt. Marks.



The steamer Hecla is in the canal with corn from Chicago to Kingston.

The sloop Granger took lumber from the Rathbun company to Stella today.

Work at the tug Walker was impossible yesterday. The wind blew too hard.

The schooner Acacia arrived from Oswego this afternoon with coal for Crawford & Co.

The Cataraqui swing bridge was put in repair yesterday, and rigs crossed in the afternoon.

The steamer Iron Chief and consort Iron City cleared yesterday for upper lake ports.

Arrivals at Craig's wharf: steamers Persia from Toronto, and Michigan from Montreal.

The tug Active arrived this morning with four light barges from Montreal and left again with four grain laden.

Leonard Mylkes left last night by steamer Hamilton for Montreal where he joins the crew of the steamer Corsican as baggageman.

W.J. Clarke left last night for Montreal to assume the stewardship of one of the R. & O. N. company's steamers on the western route.

The steamer St. Andrew is loading baled hay at the Grand Trunk railway company's freight sheds for Port Arthur. This is a new departure, and the first time that hay has been shipped from this port to that specified above.

The new steamer Toronto, of the R. & O. N. company's line, will leave this port on June 13th for Prescott. She will not be completed, but workmen will be taken along to finish their labors. The steamer Spartan will connect at Prescott with the Toronto.

White Squadron of Folger System.

The steamers of the White Squadron, known as the Folger system, are at present being fitted out, rejuvenated, and given their spring coat of immaculate white, in preparation for the coming season on the river St. Lawrence and among the Thousand Islands, which is expected to be the busiest ever known.

The fleet of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, known as the "White Squadron," is composed of the steamers New York, Empire State, America, St. Lawrence, New Island Wanderer, Islander and Jessie Bain. They will be commanded as follows:

Steamer New York - Captain, Andrew Miller; mate, Ira Cupernall; first engineer, James W. Estes; second engineer, S.F. Ridgeway; purser, W.H. Enos.

Steamer America - Captain, James F. Allen; mate, Charles Cummings; engineer, James Gillie; purser, H.A. Bowie.

Steamer St. Lawrence - Captain, Aldridge Kendall; mate, William Brooker; first engineer, John Dickson; second engineer, B. Farrell; purser, Albert W. Morehouse; assistant purser, E.V. Bloodough.

Steamer New Island Wanderer - Captain, W.C. Hudson; mate, John Bertrand; engineer, Thomas Grady; purser, George VandeWalker.

Steamer Islander - Captain, Charles Kendall; mate, Howard Gould; engineer, John D. Carver; purser, William C. Davis.

The steamer Empire State will have no regular crew, but will be kept in readiness as a spare boat in case of necessity at any time.

The steamer St. Lawrence will connect with all the important in-coming and out-going trains of the N.Y.C. and H.R.R.R. at Clayton, besides making her famous electric searchlight excursion every evening. The steamer Islander will also connect with the less important trains and make other local trips for the accommodation of the people at river points. The steamer New Island Wanderer will make her famous world renowned fifty mile tour of the islands, both morning and afternoon, as usual. The steamer New York will make the fascinating trip to Kingston, several days during the week, besides handling excursions from Ogdensburg, Brockville and river points. The steamer America will be used for excursion business on both sides of the line, and in connection with the N.Y.C. & H.R.R.R. during the season.

The larger steamers will all have first class string orchestras to furnish pleasing music during the trips, and every attention will be given, as formerly, to the comfort and pleasure of passengers.

The outlook was never brighter for the Thousand Island region than the coming season. Every preparation is being made by the steamboat and hotel owners for the accommodation of the largest crowd expected in years. An amicable settlement and adjustment having been made between the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company and the Thousand Island steamboat company, there will be no steamboat war on the river this year. The R. & O. N. company will handle the through business exclusively, and the Thousand Island steamboat company all the business of the Thousand Island region.

The summer schedule of the N.Y.C. & H.R.R.R. is expected to go into effect on Monday, June 19th, when the large steamers will be placed on the river, in connection with the trains.

p.3 Goderich Notes - The St. Andrew telegraphed to interested parties here last week, when she got through the Sault Ste. Marie locks, and proceeded thence along the American shore to her destination, Kingston. A cargo of oats awaits her at our port. She will call this week on her return from Kingston port.

Cleared on Saturday, May 26th - M.M. Blake, Capt. P.C. Bassett, who entered the harbor last week with 62,000 bushels of corn for Mooers' elevator, from Chicago

Deseronto, May 30th - ...The steambarge Calvin was the second iron ore vessel to arrive Friday afternoon with a cargo of iron ore for the Deseronto iron company. They expect to have her unloaded today....The steambarge Alberta arrived late Saturday night from Dexter, N.Y....

p.4 Another addition to Kingston's sailing yachts is the Xania, which J.B. Carruthers brought up from Montreal yesterday afternoon, having purchased it from C.H. Duggan. The Xania is a very neat thirty-two foot craft, and will be welcomed by the racers here. It is now lying at Craig's wharf.

p.6 Fifteen of Them - In the vicinity of the spot where the tug Walker foundered it is known that at least fifteen other boats went down. Marine men are divided in opinion as to whether or not the first hulk located by the Donnelly wrecking and salvage company is that of the steamer Zealand or some schooner sunk there at an earlier period.

Incidents of the Day - Two barges laden with deals left Garden Island this afternoon for Montreal.

Only Slight Damage - The damage done by the schooner Two Brothers to Cataraqui bridge did not exceed $5, which the captain paid. Three iron stays had to be replaced. The delay was for two hours; the knocking of the bridge out of position caused that.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1899