The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jul 1900

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p.2 The Hero and the Maud - recalls rivalry between the two in river excursion business 12-15 years ago.

p.3 Gallant Captain McGraw - of steamer Corsican, backs up to pick up lady passenger who arrived late at Toronto wharf. [Toronto Telegram]

Don't Understand the Rapids - Many tourists have a funny idea about the St. Lawrence river rapids. When the boat enters that portion of the river, many a tourist on pleasure bent will exclaim: "Is this all the rapids are? Why I thought they were awfully dangerous, and here the boat glides through them so easily." They forget that four or five men are at the wheel, straining with all their might to keep the rudder steady. They also do not realize even a portion of the danger in which they are placed.

The purser of the R. & O. N. company's boat, when met with such an outburst, will laugh at the ignorance of the passenger, and then begin to explain. He will tell the Yankee girl, whose mouth is stuffed with caramels, that the rapids in this place are running at the rate of twenty-five miles an hour, that the steamer is drifting with them; that it is so many inches from this invisible rock, and so many from that one; that the slightest mistake by the pilots would put the steamer at the mercy of the raging current, and that disaster might follow. The caramel in the girl's mouth has disappeared, she becomes affrighted, and seeks shelter in the salon.



The schooner Lydon, from Oswego, arrived at Booth's wharf with coal.

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

The steamer Hamilton arrived at Swift's wharf last night from Montreal.

The M.T. company's barge Acadia came out of the government dry dock this morning.

The tug Kate cleared from Richardsons' elevator to-day with two laden barges for Montreal.

The steamer Myles from Fort William, unloaded 40,000 bushels of wheat at Richardsons' elevator to-day.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts from Fort William with 190,000 bushels of corn, arrived at the M.T. company's elevator this morning, and cleared this evening.

The tug Reginald and three barges, which were taken down to the coast two years ago for a company which has since failed, passed this port last night, bound for Buffalo.

The accident to the steamer Corsican was not very great. Something went wrong with her machinery. She was expected at Swift's wharf by noon, and at any rate in time to take the trip up which the steamer Caspian was to have made. The Caspian will do the down trip from Morristown.

Last night B.W. Folger, jr. received word that the R. & O. navigation company's steamer Corsican had met with an accident, near Cobourg, and asking him if he could run one of the White Squadron steamers on the Corsican's trip from Kingston to Morristown. Mr. Folger placed the steamer New York on this run, and she left at the usual time this morning. The passengers from the Corsican were sent by G.T.R. to Gananoque, where they met the New York.

Personal Mention - James Dodds, government inspector of boilers, Toronto, is in the city. He came down to attend the funerals of the late William Johnston and Capt. Donnelly.

p.5 To Command the Ramona - Capt. Charles Kendall has been chosen to sail the new Folger boat Ramona. He has been connected with the Folger line for thirteen seasons. Ira Cupernall, acting first officer on the New York, will be given charge of the Islander.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jul 1900