The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1900

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p.2 The North King's Ramble - among the Thousand Islands - (over 1/2 column, probably written by company agent).


The New Steamer Rideau Queen Proves Satisfactory.

The trial trip of the steamer Rideau Queen, of the Rideau Lakes navigation company, was made on Saturday afternoon. It also partook of the form of a complimentary cruise for the citizens of the city. A large number availed themselves of the privilege, and were waiting on Swift's wharf when the steamer arrived from Davis' dry dock, at 4 p.m. Capt. Noonan was in charge, and he piloted the new steamer out into the lake, and when a position opposite Carruther's point had been reached the engines were shut down and her valves tested. Inspector T.J. Thompson conducted the test, and found everything most satisfactory.

On the return trip the Queen made two miles in a trifle under the twelve miles an hour rate. Reaching the harbor again, she took a coarse around by Fort Frederick and Garden Island, and then into her wharf again. She runs very smoothly, no jar being perceptible at all. Her displacement is perfect, and all goes to show that there was good figuring and calculating on the part of the designers and builders. Capt. Noonan was extremely well pleased with the trial trip. The boat fully came up to his anticipations. Capt. Davis, the designer and builder of the Queen, was on board, and he expressed a similar idea. There had been, he said, no hitch in the construction or running of the boat from the start. She had been built to the satisfaction of the owners.

Painters and upholsterers were on board during the trip, and they were busy completing the fitting out of the steamer. The Queen left this morning for Ottawa on her maiden trip, carrying her full complement of passengers. She will make short calls at villages along the route, to give the people an opportunity to inspect the new boat.

Might Name The Lighthouses - excursionists are always asking about the names of the lighthouses; the government should paint the names on two sides of each one.



The steamer New Island Wanderer is on the Cape Vincent route to-day.

The tug Thomson cleared on Sunday for Charlotte with three barges to load coal.

The tug Bronson cleared for Montreal on Sunday morning with four laden barges.

The steamer America left this morning for Prescott to bring up horses for the military camp.

The tug Nellie Reid and grain laden barge cleared from Richardson's elevator last night for Montreal.

Found A Shallow Spot - Capt. Michael Hefferman of the steamer Aberdeen, Picton, reports at Oswego, N.Y., that his boat met with an accident on Monday last, which caused much delay and some damage. The Aberdeen, while running through the Galloup Island channel, struck a shoal, injuring her bottom so badly that she could not proceed on her journey. Capt. Hefferman ran his boat to Picton after caring for his tow, and there the Aberdeen was placed in dry-dock and repaired. She then returned, picked up her tow and continued on to Oswego. The damage to the boat, Capt. Hefferman says, was slight, but the delay of three days was costly.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Lydon cleared for Oswego on Saturday night.

Called at Craig's wharf on Sunday: steamers Persia from Montreal; Ocean from Toronto; Cuba from Toledo; steamyacht Ruth from Alexandria Bay to Oswego.

p.6 Detectives To Be Employed - to find out where people employed around harbor get their liquor during prohibited hours.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1900