The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Dec 1899

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The steamer Bannockburn experienced thick and rough weather on her last trip down the lakes. Everything went smoothly until lock six of the Welland canal was reached, when snow began falling. The steamer left the canal between six and seven o'clock Tuesday night in the midst of a blinding snow storm. At three o'clock in the morning Capt. Irvine found it necessary to turn to and head back for Port Dalhousie. After being two hours on the run back the steamer was again headed east, but the weather was so stormy that little progress was made and a westward course was laid out. At daybreak the down trip was once more begun. The sea was running high at this time and the steamer shipped several huge waves which completely washed her decks clear of the foot of snow covering them. Second mate Irvine was engulfed in one of the waves and received a drenching.

Dec. 8, 1899



The schooner Falconer arrived at Craig's wharf last night from Charlotte with coal.

The schooner Fleetwing, from Charlotte, arrived at Swift's wharf last night with coal.

The steamer Myles is in the Welland canal with wheat from Fort William to Kingston.

The framework of the new Rideau steamer has been completed in Davis' dry dock, and the planking is well under way.

The steamer India and consort cleared for Oswego last night to load coal for Brockville. This is their last trip of the season.


Kingston Ice Yacht Club.

The annual meeting of the Kingston ice yacht club was held in the Kingston yacht club house last evening. According to the report of the secretary and treasurer, the club was found to be in a flourishing condition financially, and the prospects for keen support are very bright for the coming winter. These officers were elected: Commodore, J.B. Carruthers; vice commodore, B.W. Folger, jr.; secretary-treasurer, J. Campbell Strange; measurer, Charles M. Parker; regatta committee, J.B. Carruthers, F. Strange, Alexander Horn, Hansard Hora, J. Campbell Strange, James Dix, Dr. Allan Black, W.D. Hart.

The usual regatta for the club pennants for the various classes, also the regatta for the Calvin-Macnee trophy and the Walker cup, will be sailed, and probably one or two special races besides. No formal challenge has yet been received for the Walker cup, but one is expected from the Cape Vincent ice yacht club and possibly from Toronto, where new boats are building for this winter's sport.

p.6 The schooner Falconer, Capt. Simmons, left here on Sunday night for Charlotte to load coal and arrived at Craig's wharf last night. The trip was a fast one. Each of the crew receiving $2 for the trip.

The schooner Fabiola was towed into winter quarters above Cataraqui Bridge this morning.

The steamer Hero will continue her trips up the Bay of Quinte until prevented by ice.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Dec 1899