The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1900

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The schooner Collier clears this evening for Oswego.

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

The tug Chieftain and raft of timber cleared from Garden Island to-day for Quebec.

The tug E.B. Eddy and two light barges called at Folger's wharf this morning.

The steamer Sophia, of Alexandria Bay, enters Davis' drydock tonight for repairs.

The schooner S.H. Dunn, from Toledo with timber, arrived to-day at Garden Island.

The schooner Burton, from Fair Haven with coal, arrived at Crawford's wharf to-day.

The new steamer for the rapid transit company, of Ogdensburg, will likely be built in Kingston.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts cleared to-day from the M.T. company's elevator for Chicago.

The steamyacht Nazarene, intended for the river Jordan, is being got ready at Davis' shipyard for commission. Instead of going to Jerusalem the yacht will do business at Kingston.

On Tuesday evening the steamer Pierrepont makes one of her searchlight rambles from Gananoque to Howe Island, carrying the people to a church lawn social. Gananoque people are proud of the gunboat and delight to travel upon her.



The Father of the Rideau Passenger Traffic.

One of the fathers of the Rideau Canal waterway, from Kingston to Ottawa, is Capt. D. Noonan, managing director of the Rideau lakes navigation company, and master of the palace steamer Rideau Queen. It is thirty-one years since Capt. Noonan did his first sailing on the Rideau, and he has continued on that magnificent course almost ever since. He was first on board the tug Francis, then on the tugs Eleanor, Rose and Anglin. For one year he sailed on the John Bright, which plied between Kingston and Montreal, on the river St. Lawrence. Then for four years he was on the steambarge Nile, owned by Mr. Fredenburg, of Westport. Leaving the Nile, Capt. Noonan went as purser on the D.C. West, of which he was also captain for three years and a half. Other vessels on which he sailed were the steamers Kirby, Ida and Khartoum, the latter being a well remembered craft.

In 1885 the steamer Rideau Belle was built in Kingston by Capt. Noonan and William Bajus, and this admirable little steamer really commenced the passenger traffic between the limestone city and Canada's capital. Capt. Noonan continued on the Rideau Belle until 1894, when he sold that steamer, which was shortly afterwards burned. Then in 1895 the steamer James Swift, built at Davis' shipyard, appeared on the Rideau route, and with this steamer Capt Noonan, as master and owner, met his greatest and well-deserved success. A year ago he successfully carried out the formation of the Rideau Lakes navigation company, which now controls the steamers James Swift and Rideau Queen.

Capt. Noonan may, therefore, well be called the father of the Rideau passenger traffic. Fifteen years ago he gave to the public a pleasant means of traffic between Kingston and Ottawa, and supplied to the numerous places along the route locomotion to the larger centres. Then there was not one passenger to forty at the present time. As the traffic increased a better boat was required, and it came in due course. Still the traffic increased, and even now, with two steamers on the route, leaving Kingston every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, another steamer must be built next winter to accommodate all who wish to see the beauties of the Rideau. To Capt. Noonan the public owe much for the splendid steamer accommodation on the most beautiful waterway in the world, and he will be remembered as long as the waters of the Rideau continue to flow.

Capt. Noonan resided in Kingston for fourteen years, but moved with his family to Chaffey's Lock three years ago. Next fall, however, the captain will again take up residence in Kingston, on Rideau street, and thus live on the "Rideau" the whole year round.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The tug Thomson arrived from Montreal with two light barges and cleared for Charlotte with four barges to load coal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1900