The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jun 1899

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p.1 The Canal Proposals - the Toronto and Ottawa Routes to Georgian Bay advocated in house.

The steamer Glengarry and lake barge Winnipeg, which was delayed here on account of being stuck on the M.T. company's marine railway, cleared last night for Toledo.

The steamer Rosemount will go right through to Duluth on this trip. On the up trip she will leave a barge at Fort William, picking her up returning.

The tugs Active and Hall arrived last night with six light barges from Montreal.

The tug Hall leaves tonight for Montreal with four grain laden barges.

The schooner Falconer cleared last night from Crawford & Co.'s wharf.

The steamer Alexandria from Charlotte passed down last night.

The new steamer Toronto of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company did not make her first trip today as anticipated, and Saturday is the earliest date fixed for her first trip.

p.3 The America's Trip - through Thousand Islands described.



One of the Calvin company's rafts left for Quebec this morning.

The steamer Alexandria, Charlotte to Montreal, touched at this port last night.

The schooner Fabiola cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal for this port.

The schooner W.Y. Emery, Charlotte, and Fleetwing, Oswego, are at Swift & Co.'s wharf with coal.

The steamer Niagara, Prescott to Chicago, called at Swift & Co.'s wharf this morning and coaled up.

The steamer Niagara, after unloading timber at Garden Island, left this afternoon for upper lake ports.

Capt. Andrew Dunlop left yesterday for Sorel, Que., to take command of the steamer Bohemian, which will ply, during the summer months, between Prescott and Montreal.

The steamer Argyle will leave Picton on Wednesday to carry an excursion party out of Oswego. Next week the steamer will begin her regular trips among the islands.



Prescott, June 13th - F.A. Knapp, inventor of the Knapp roller ship, arrived yesterday by the Grand Trunk railway express from Bowmanville, where his boat now lies. A large crowd of people were disappointed on the non-arrival of this famous construction. Mr. Knapp tells a somewhat thrilling story of his trip from Toronto. A reporter waited on Mr. Knapp on his arrival and the substance of his story is as follows:

The "roller" left Toronto about 8 a.m. on Friday morning, having on board the owner, F.A. Knapp, G.A. Farini, Toronto; Charles E. Robertson, Montreal, and fireman Holderness.

It was not the intention of the inventor to make any trial of speed, but simply to bring his boat to Prescott to have her practically rebuilt. Only one engine was used on the way down, as the corresponding engine at the port end had been disconnected. All went well until the boat came opposite Frenchman's Bay, about nine miles west of Whitby, when it was found that the paper-mache used as an outside covering on a double-flanged wheel had given out. This occasioned much delay and loss of steam, so much so that the coal gave out and the boat was for the time helpless. To make matters worse a gale from the north and drifted the boat seven miles from the north shore. Seeing that he was likely to drift to the American side of the lake, Mr. Knapp cast anchor, but the force of the wind was such that the anchor dragged.

Then Mr. Knapp and Mr. Farini decided to row ashore for help. After three hours on a turbulent sea they reached the little village of Frenchman's Bay and thence down to Pickering, three miles north. Here they managed to arrange for a steam launch and a barge of coal. The roller was discovered fifteen miles out on the lake on Saturday morning, the engineer and fireman sticking manfully by the craft. Steam was got up and the roller reached Bowmanville at 8 p.m. that evening. Mr. Knapp says he has demonstrated beyond a doubt that his boat will steer easily, and when the improvements he intends making are completed he will prove his novel craft to be all that he promised. The roller will likely arrive here on Wednesday.

p.6 Very Big Traffic - Detroit, June 13th - The May traffic of the American and Canadian Sault canals during the month exceeded that of May, 1898, by 246,687 tons, the increase being principally in wheat, coarse grain and iron ore. The east bound and west bound freight last month aggregated 2,908,068 tons, against 2,661,981 tons in May 1898. The freight included 773,238 barrels of flour, 8,443,388 bushels of wheat, 8,335,388 bushels of coarse grains, 1,619,394 tons of iron ore, 97,266,000 feet of lumber, and 445,990 tons of coal.

Incidents of the Day - The Donnelly salvage and wrecking company will shortly commence the work of raising the steamer Porter sunk a year ago near Quebec.

The work of raising the tug Walker is progressing satisfactorily. This morning another barge was placed alongside the Grantham.

The steamer New York was given a trial run around the harbor this morning, everything working satisfactorily.

A couple of barges were loaded with corn at Mooers' elevator today destined for Montreal.

The steamer Bohemian will be up tomorrow. Capt. Andrew Dunlop is in command.

The sloop Laura D., from bay ports, discharged 3,000 bushels of wheat at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jun 1899