The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1899

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The tug Maggie May, with two light barges, cleared this morning for Ottawa.

The schooner Burton cleared today for Oswego to load coal for Crawford & Co.

The schooner Kate, Oswego, is at Garden Island discharging a cargo of coal for Booth & Co.

The schooner Acacia arrived this morning from Sodus with coal for the Kingston penitentiary.

The tug Hall, with three light barges, arrived yesterday from Montreal. She cleared again for Montreal with two barges grain laden.

The sloop Laura D., 3,000 bushels of oats; Madcap, 2,000 bushels of oats, and Idlewild, 2,000 bushels of oats, all from Bay of Quinte ports, discharged today at Richardson & Sons' elevator.

Yesterday afternoon Capt. Donnelly, representing inland Lloyds, inspected the damages to the schooner Dunmore, finding them very slight. Complete repairs were made before the vessel sailed.


Captain and Purser Celebrate.

Within the past ten days two birthday anniversaries were celebrated on board the steamer Bohemian. The veteran Capt. Dunlop, of this city, was the recipient of many congratulations from the passengers and crew on attaining his sixty-eighth birthday. He has been sailing for forty-five years and is still good for many more. Another birthday anniversary on the same boat was that of purser William R. Tandy, who was waited on by young ladies all along the line from Prescott to Montreal a few days ago and presented with dainty little presents. Capt. Dunlop and purser Tandy are two of the most popular and obliging officers on the R. & O. company's boats.

Shoots the Rapids Easily.

Many who have never been down the rapids in the St. Lawrence river suppose that the steamers running these swift whirlpools and currents stand right up on end and are dashed about. Some vessels do, but there are a few which do not. On board the steamer Bohemian yesterday many foreign tourists were surprised at the easy way the boat was carried down. There was scarcely a motion to be felt, so steadily did she ride. The Bohemian is a light draught steamer, was built specially for the rapids and shoots them in a beautiful manner.

Water Let In.

On Saturday water was let into the upper level of the Soulanges canal, and it is expected that by September 1st the canal will be ready for use. The Soulanges will take the place of the Beauharnois canal on the south side of the river, and vessels will now be locked through on the north side. On account of the new canal being near completion, the government has not spent as much money as might have been on the Beauharnois, and this probably has been the main reason why so many breaks have occurred in the latter canal. Only one lock of the Soulanges is uncompleted.


The passenger traffic on the R. & O. navigation company's steamers this season has been the heaviest on record. Up to the end of July the receipts were many thousand dollars in excess of last year. The addition of the steamer Toronto to the company's magnificent fleet has been the means of increasing the number of tourists all along the line. It used to be that very few passengers would go from Montreal on the steamers, the whole traffic coming from the west. Now, however, the eastern travel is very heavy, and the steamer Bohemian, which connects at Prescott with the steamer Toronto, has all she can handle. The railways feel the increased water traffic.

On account of the size of the locks in the new Soulanges canal, it is possible the steamers Spartan and Bohemian will be lengthened forty feet during the coming winter.

Next season the dining room of the steamer Spartan will be changed from the "basement" to the main deck. It is also probable that another tier of staterooms will be added to the steamer Bohemian when the present season closes. The traffic demands more accommodation in this line.

On and after September 15th, the steamer Spartan will take the steamer Toronto's run and connect at Brockville with the steamer Bohemian.

The steamers Columbian and Caspian are to run on the Montreal-Quebec route until the end of August. The steamers have relieved the night travel on that line considerably, but the latter is still very heavy.

p.6 Broke a Cross-Head - The steamer Argyle did not make her regular trip across the lake yesterday owing to an accident which occurred to her machinery when near Barratt's Point, twelve miles from Charlotte. A cros-head was broken and she drifted about helplessly until picked up by a tug from Charlotte. She will be back on the route again on Thursday.

Doing Big Business.

The Richelieu & Ontario navigation company is doing more business this year than ever before in the history of the company. The gross receipts of the year up to date are some $60,000 ahead of last season, and it is expected by the close of the season the excess will reach $100,000. By the end of this month the company expects to see the receipts equal to what the whole of last season showed. Last year the company earned $728,000 gross, as compared with $688,000 for 1897. This year the increase will be even more marked. This increase in business, the officials state, is due greatly to the increased facilities on the lake line by the addition of the steamer Toronto.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1899