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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jul 1899

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p.1 To Build Her at Kingston - Capt. Newman, of the popular steamer James Swift, has decided to build his new steamer for the Rideau route at Kingston. Work will be begun on the new boat next October and she will be ready for business by the opening of spring. The two boats - the new one may be named the Rideau - will make four round trips each week over this route which is increasing in popularity.

The steamer Hero touched on a shoal just east of Alexandria Bay this morning; but no damage was done to speak of.



The S.S. Rosemount will arrive tomorrow.

Work on the tug Bronson is progressing rapidly.

The schooner Fabiola is at Swift & Co.'s wharf with coal.

The schooner Acacia from Fairhaven is unloading coal at Crawford's.

The schooner Pilot from Trenton is at the Grove Inn wharf with wood.

The schooner Kate, Oswego, is discharging a cargo of coal at the knitting mill wharf. The sloop Maggie L. from bay ports unloaded a cargo of wheat and peas at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The steamer Donnelly left this morning with the roller boat for Prescott.

The tug Hall arrived with four light barges from Montreal last night.

The tug Maggie Mae and barge Dandy arrived this morning from Washburn.

The S.S. Rosedale unloaded 65,000 bushels of corn at Richardsons' elevator yesterday, and cleared for upper lake ports.

The barges Alfred, Frontenac and A.D. loaded 55,000 bushels of corn and wheat at Richardsons' elevator for Montreal today.

The S.S. Mae, aground opposite Folger's wharf on Saturday, was released at five o'clock on Sunday morning and proceeded down the river to the coast.

Nearly the entire crew of the steamer Columbian, the exception being the navigating officers, were discharged at Montreal, their places being filled by the crew of the steamer Bohemian. The discharged crew arrived in the city yesterday on the steamer Toronto.

The government dredge Queen in tow of the tug Delisle arrived here on Saturday. This morning dredging operations will commence at Wolfe Island about the wharves there. It is almost impossible for laden vessels to get in, and the dredging has been much needed.

Owing to the increased traffic on the steamer Toronto, it was found necessary to add an assistant steward to the list of officers. W.J. Clark, of this city, received the appointment. He is well qualified for the position ( ) and to steward F.W. Hepburn.

An Exciting Race.

On Friday last the steamyacht Jean and the steamer Toronto, on its up trip, had a brush on the river. It was the second time these two greyhounds of the river had come together, the first time the big steamer maintaining its lead and leaving its diminutive competitor in its wake. On Friday, however, the Jean, the fastest yacht on the river, having a reputation of covering twenty miles in an hour, "laid" for its old rival with a full head of steam on. The race was very exciting, the two steamers running bow to bow for upwards of half an hour, when the steamyacht began to surge ahead, and after gaining a lead of about one hundred yards, it crossed the bow of the Toronto and triumphantly turned its prow down stream again.



The Canadian Gazette contains notice that three thirty-five foot spar buoys were on the 15th inst. placed by the chief engineer of the Department of Marine and Fisheries in the western approach to the Kingston harbor, to mark the deep water channel north of Snake Island. These buoys are located as follows: - A black buoy moored in thirty feet of water off the north extremity of the shoal surrounding Snake Island; buoy painted in red and black horizontal bands in thirty feet of water off the west end of the small middle ground between Snake Island shoal and Seven Acre shoal; a red buoy in twenty-six feet of water off the east end of Seven Acre shoal. All deep draught vessels are advised to use the channel marked by these buoys. In coming down from Lake Ontario they should make a course for Nine Mile Point lighthouse until Seven Acre shoal buoy bears northeast. They can then pass anywhere between the two last described buoys, with nowhere less than twenty-six feet of water, and find good water to within one and a half cables of the west end of Snake island. After passing Snake Island shoal black spar the only dangers are Penitentiary and Myles shoals, which are marked by red and black spars. At night vessels can make for Ninemile Point, leaving it a little on the starboard hand; by bringing Nine Mile Point and Pigeon Island lights in line astern the alignment will lead safely between the Middle Ground and Seven Acre shoal. As soon as Snake Island is abeam they can bear down towards Kingston, bringing the north shore close on starboard about the penitentiary to avoid Penitentiary and Myles shoals. After passing these the alignment of Barriefield range lights leads up the harbor. A cylindrical steel and concrete pier has been built near the south end of the shoal surrounding the Snake Island, at a distance of 850 feet S.E. by E. 1/4 E. from the existing lighthouse on the shoal. It is intended to erect on this foundation a lighthouse during the present season to replace the old one, which will be dismantled.


The Roller Boat Here.

The famous Knapp roller boat was in port for a few hours, arriving here about four o'clock yesterday afternoon in tow of the steamer Eurydice, and leaving at five o'clock this morning astern of the steam yacht Trilby, having Mr. Knapp aboard. Before the great cylinder could be removed from the shore at Bowmanville it was found necessary to pump her out. After that operation she slipped off quite easily and was towed to this port without any difficulty. While here the curiosity was visited by thousands, and many who visited the water works slip today were disappointed at not finding the strange craft there.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jul 1899