The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jul 1899

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p.1 The new steamer India, of the Calvin fleet, is expected to pull out Thursday and clear for Ashland, Wis., to load iron ore for Deseronto.



The tug Hall is receiving repairs at the government dry dock.

The tug Thomson cleared with three grain-laden barges for Montreal.

The schooner Kate, from Oswego, is at the Grove Inn wharf with coal for Crawford & Co.

The steamer Alexandria touched at Craig & Co.'s wharf last evening. She was heavily laden with freight and had 118 passengers aboard.

McKelvey & Birch have just completed the construction of a finely shaped bowsprit for Calvin's new steamer, the India. It consists of a battle axe and spear, and is very shapely and ornamental.

Canal Was Not The Thing - In speaking about the Wolfe Island canal, a citizen stated that in 1847 an act was passed at the instance of Kingston merchants for the construction of a railway across Wolfe Island. If this project had been adhered to, he said, probably cars would now be sent direct from Kingston to New York. It was a wrong thing entirely to construct a canal across the island, and the construction of it has only side-tracked Kingston from any direct connection with New York city.


He Knew Her Well.

Capt. John Breden is well acquainted with the schooner John Breden, wrecked in Lake Erie Sunday. The vessel was built upwards of forty years ago at Port Dalhousie by Andrews & Donaldson. She was fitted out and commanded by Capt. John Goodearle, Bagot street, and named after the late John Breden, father of Capt. Breden. The last named was present at the launching. The vessel was square rigged forward, and was one of the first schooners on the great lakes to have standing rigging. She was built full canal size and had a carrying capacity of about 18,000 bushels. Her first trip was from Port Dalhousie to Kingston, carrying corn down for Morton's distillery. The first cargo was tallied by Capt. Breden and he sailed in her to this port. At the time she was built she was considered up-to-date in every respect and was looked upon as a model craft.

p.6 Want Better Service - The Wolfe Islanders are complaining of the insufficiency and irregularity of the ferry steamer service. The matter was to have been considered at a special meeting of the township council on Saturday evening, but through a misapprehension the reeve and clerk were not present and no session was held.

Fine Telegraphic Service - The Calvin steamer India is fitted with the most modern telegraphing apparatus between pilot house and engine room, more modern than the Toronto or Columbian's. She is also fitted with a steaming engine from London, England. Her steam fitting is most ample and costly, every part being of the best material, on up-to-date plans.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Corsican passed up this morning.

The schooner W.Y. Emery arrived today from Oswego with coal for J. Swift & Co.

The steamers Alexandria from Charlotte and Argyle from Toronto called at Craig's wharf today.

The schooners Annie Falconer and Fabiola cleared today for Oswego to load coal for J. Swift & Co.

The steam yacht Sport, from Sport Island, arrived in port this morning with a pleasure party aboard.

Today the government steamboat inspectors examined the steamer India, of the Calvin fleet, prior to her maiden trip.

The R. & O. steamer Toronto by waiting at Prescott an hour later than the other steamers, secures a large number of Ottawa tourists.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jul 1899