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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Apr 1900

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p.1 Capt. Duncan Mathewson, commanding the government dredge Nipissing, which wintered at this port, arrived today from Ottawa to begin fitting out his craft.

This morning Capt. Donnelly, local agent for Inland Lloyd's, inspected the boats of the M.T. company's fleet, finding them all in the very best condition.



The new steamer Rideau Queen will be floated this week.

The steamer James Swift will enter Davis' dry-dock this week for repairs.

The steamer Garden City was sold at St. Catherines on Thursday to Toronto men for $15,000.

Davis & Sons will sell their pleasure yacht "C. Here" to a western firm for use on Simcoe lake.

Already steamers of the White Squadron have been engaged for many excursions on the river during the approaching summer.

The steamer did not start out on Saturday as expected. She broke her way around to the ferry wharf and was billed to make a start at one o'clock this afternoon.

The Canadian boats Cuba, Melbourne and Arabian have been chartered to take corn from Toledo to Montreal at four and a half cents. These are the first grain charters for the St. Lawrence route.

The Standard Oil Company has sold the steamer D.R. Van Allen to the Toronto electric light company for between $8,000 and $10,000. The Van Allen will hereafter run with coal between Toronto and Charlotte.

Craig Awarded $300 - Justice Robertson has handed out judgement awarding Thomas J. Craig, Portsmouth, $300 as commission for the sale of the steamer Rocket, of the Montreal & Cornwall navigation company's fleet, to the Northern navigation company. Craig sued for $1,000, claiming that his understanding with M. & C. co. was that he was to get $500 commission and everything over $20,000. He contended that the vessel was sold for $20,500.

p.5 Notice To Mariners - The department of marine has given notice that the old lighthouse on Snake Island, at the eastern extremity of Lake Ontario, had been replaced by a new one, and the light will be put in operation at the opening of navigation. The new light is somewhat differently located, and the attention of mariners is called to the change. A change to the U.S. fog signal on Tibbetts point, at the head of the St. Lawrence river, is also reported.

Incidents of the Day - Thomas Henry, traffic manager of the R. & O. navigation company, is in the city.

Capt. Gilbert Johnston, Montreal, mechanical superintendent of the R. & O. line, is in the city.

Capt. Poole, of the dredge Queen, is fitting out the dredge for the approaching season's work.

p.6 Death of An Old Kingstonian - Charles W. Jenkins, used to manage marine railway situated where the dry dock is now located; 86 years old, married daughter of John Counter. "About twenty-five years ago he removed to Ottawa, where Sir John A. Macdonald gave him a responsible position in the post office department. A few years ago he was superannuated." - more details.

The steamer Pierrepont started out at three o'clock this afternoon to break through the ice to Garden Island. A successful trip was expected.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Apr 1900