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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jul 1900

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p.2 An Admirable Cruising Boat - George W. Davis and daughter, N.Y., have arrived to spend the summer on Wolfe Island. During the winter Mr. Davis had a knockabout boat build here for cruising purposes. The boat was designed and built by M.R. Davis, the well known Kingston boat constructor. Its dimensions are 40 x 13 feet and 4 feet deep. It is yawl rigged, and has 800 feet of canvas.

The interior of the boat surprises one upon entering it. Everything is there for the convenience and comfort of a yachtsman. Amidships there is a small kitchen with all cooking utensils; there is a room for storing guns and fishing rods, a finely fitted stateroom, a toilet room with the latest appliances, and a space for refrigerator purposes. These rooms occupy half of the interior of the cabin. The other half is the dining room, which is finished in white and gold and richly upholstered. In the bow are the sleeping apartments of the crew. The boat is a credit to the builder, and a comfort to the owner. The cost will be about $2,000.

Addition To White Squadron.

The steamer Ramona will be the ninth boat of the white squadron. B.W. Folger, jr., is in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., making arrangements for taking the steamer to Buffalo, where she will be inspected, and whatever furnishings are necessary will be put on. She will be ready for the St. Lawrence excursion route in two weeks.

The Ramona will be one of the finest excursion steamers that has ever sailed the river. She has a steel hull with flush decks in mahogany, brass trimmings, and a speed of twenty-two miles an hour. Her length is 120 feet, with a 14 foot beam. She draws 5 1/2 feet of water. The boat has a fore and aft compound condensing engine, ensuring 382 horse power. The Ramona's crew will be dressed in sailor suits, consisting of blue blouse, white duck trousers and canvas shoes.


The Mosquito fleet cleared for bay ports.

The schooner Lydon cleared this morning for Charlotte.

The schooners Burton and Acacia will clear to-day for Sodus and Oswego.

The steamer Alexandria, from Toronto, called at Craig's wharf last night.

The schooner Fabiola, from Charlotte, arrived at Swift's wharf to-day with coal.

The schooner Eccles, from lake ports unloaded 9,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. company's elevator this morning.

The steamyacht Carmana, from Belleville, with a party aboard, called at Craig's wharf this morning on its way to Alexandria Bay.

Arrivals to-day at Swift's wharf: Steamers Corsican, from Montreal; Hamilton, from Hamilton; Caspian from Toronto; Swift, from Ottawa.

The steamer Hero took the North King's trip down the river to-day. The steamer North King is running on the steamer Corinthian's route while the latter is receiving repairs.

Capt. John Ryan has been appointed by the Canadian government as chief officer on the steamer Jessie Bain, which is to do survey work on the river between Kingston and Prescott. James Quigley is engineer.

The steamer America, Capt. Carnegie claims, lands at wharves easier and quicker than any other steamer around Kingston or on the river. The America also swings away and turns quicker than any of her rivals. She is counted the neatest boat at Kingston.

The survey of the river St. Lawrence from Kingston to Prescott will begin Wednesday morning under direction of government surveyor DeBarrett and an assistant. The steamer Jessie Bain has been expressly fitted up for the work and her crew are all picked men, well qualified for the work.

On Sunday those old time rivals the steamers North King and New Island Wanderer had a couple of "brushes" on the river. As heretofore, these were were very close and interesting, but this time the King proved the swifter in both tests. It is said that these boats are the closest matched in point of speed of any two on these waters.



The officials of the R. & O. company are hopeful of rescuing their steamer Spartan from her perilous position. The Spartan, as she lies grounded on the rocks, is even from a wrecker's point of view, in a most unusual position. In the first place her stern is practically in the rapids. To pull her off by the stern would be an impossibility, owing to the fact that no vessel can get in behind her, and still live in the current. In front of the Spartan as she lies, are the rocks which hold her fast, and if pulled ahead into the comparatively smooth waters of the Lachine Rapids hydraulic and land company's head race, it would mean having her practically out of the water. There is, therefore, but one choice to pull her off the rocks sideways.

The taking of the Spartan from her present position is a bit of work of no mean dimensions, and when the accident occurred, the Kingston wrecking company was at once communicated with. There are now on the scene two tugs belonging to this company, together with the usual amount of wrecking apparatus. The tugs are the Parthia and the William Johnston, the latter having two steam winches and the former one. The winches are mentioned particularly, for the reason that they will take no inconsiderable part in the work of rescue. From the Johnston will be strung two steel one and one half inch hawsers, and from the Parthia one of the same size.

On the shore and directly beside the lower Lachine road, are two capstans, which, when the appointed time comes will be manned by horses. These capstans will be connected with the Spartan by three inch manilla hawsers. The capstans are placed as far up stream as possible, but even then the leverage from them cannot be direct, for the reason that this would tend to pull the Spartan too far up stream. To obviate this two immense blocks will be utilized. These will be attached to anchors as a base, and the hawsers will run from the Spartan up stream to the blocks, and then across to the capstans on the shore. A great deal of the apparatus used is the property of the R. & O. company, and has seen service on a previous occasion. In 1893 the steamer Columbian, when first purchased from an American company, got into trouble in the Long Sault rapids. The steel hawsers used on that occasion to pull the Columbian have been brought into requisition for the Spartan. [Montreal Gazette]

p.4 A Visit to Glen Island - near Adolphustown, owned by Mr. Dingman of Toronto; cottages;

p.5 Goderich Marine Notes - July 7th - At the harbor on Monday, July 2nd, we found the schooner Calumet (Capt. W. Sutherland, Goderich) discharging her cargo of bass and birch lumber for Doherty's organ factory, Clinton. A little further down the Mary S. Gordon, Kincardine, (Capt. Corston) loading with salt barrels from McEwan's salt well, Saltford, for Owen Sound. At Lee's dock a little steamer from Wallaceburg lay with brick. The St. Andrews cleared on Sunday, July 1st, for Port William, after unloading her usual cargo of 37,000 bushels of wheat at Richardson's elevator. The steamer Pittsburg (Carmona) arrives weekly with excursionists from all the American ports as far as Cleveland.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jul 1900