The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Sep 1899

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A Company To Improve Rideau Lake Navigation.

[Ottawa Citizen]

The Rideau Lakes navigation company is a new organization, of Ottawa, Kingston and Perth capitalists, for which George E. Kidd will in the course of a few days make application for letters patent. The capitalization will be $100,000. The company proposes to operate a line of steamers between Ottawa and Kingston by the Rideau river and lakes, and take steps to develop the country as a resort for tourists. The steamer James Swift, plying on the Rideau, and a palatial passenger steamer now under construction at Kingston, will be taken over by the company, and power asked to enable it to build and operate hotels and cottages for tourists along the route.

Ottawa having become such a railway centre, and the Rideau lakes and country being so popular with tourists, who are coming in increasing numbers each year, there is great necessity for better steamers and better hotel accommodation. It is to meet this demand that the new organization has been formed. The new steamer now being constructed is designed exclusively for passenger service, and will, it is said, have a speed exceeding that of any boat that has ever plied in this vicinity.

Capt. Noonan, so popular as master of the James Swift, and who has done so much to advertise the Rideau Lakes district, will be the managing director of the new company, and those backing the company intend to establish a service second to none on the inland waters of Canada.

It is likely that one big hotel will be built next summer at a point on the Rideau lakes, and another later on at some other place not yet selected.



Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator: schooner Katie Eccles and sloops Granger and Madcap from bay points with grain.

Capt. Gaskin has received a letter from the deputy minister of marine, stating that vessels drawing nine feet of water or under will not be allowed to pass through the new Soulanges canal this season. This evidently means that vessels over that draught will be allowed to go through. The new canal will be open in about two week's time.

The government dredge Queen, working on the approaches to the elevators for the past month, will cease operations in a few days. It's a great pity the dredge could not be left for - say a couple of years. Before it is taken away, however, efforts should be made to have the slips dredged out. These places are choked up with refuge, and are detrimental to health.

R. Davis leaves next week for Gravenhurst to confer with the Muskoka lakes navigation company as to building a new steamer. Mr. Davis has been made an offer to do the work. The proposed vessel is to be fitted out as a floating hotel for tourist traffic. Hotel accommodation in the Muskoka district has become very limited, and is insufficient for the number of tourists who go up there.

p.6 A rumor was in circulation around the city this afternoon to the effect that one of the George B. Hall & Co.'s barges had foundered while running down the lake coal laden from Toledo to Ogdensburg. Confirmation of the report could not be obtained.

The Scotsman Ashore - She Went On At Belle Isle - 470 feet x 49 feet x 24 feet draught; four masts, gross tonnage 4,623.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Sep 1899