The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1900

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The sloop Minnie cleared to-day for Clayton with lumber.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts cleared to-day for Duluth.

The tug Hall cleared to-day with four grain-laden barges for Montreal.

The tug Charlie Ferris took several lumber laden barges, from Ottawa, to Oswego this morning.

Arrivals at Craig's wharf: Tug Shanly, from Ottawa; steamer Persia, from St. Catherines; steamyachts Nympha, Blue Bell, Erie.

The steamer North King entered the government dry dock last night to have her rudder repaired. She cleared for Charlotte this morning.

The tug Thomson arrived to-day from Charlotte with three coal laden barges, and cleared for Oswego and Charlotte with three light barges.

Arrivals at Swift's wharf: Steamer Toronto on down and up trips; steamer Rideau Queen from Ottawa; steam yacht Mohawk, to Alexandria Bay.

The steamer Charles Herbert, and schooners Aloha and Annabelle Wilson, from Chicago, discharged wheat and corn at Mooer's elevator to-day.

The steamers Toronto and Bohemian will continue to run as usual after Sept. 15th. Last year the Toronto was taken off the route at an early date, but this season the steamers Spartan and Corsican will be the first to be laid up.

The mosquito fleet is being overhauled for the fall trade in Richardson's slip. The Madcap is receiving a new rail and caulking, the Monitor a rail and paint, and the Maggie L. an automatic pump. The Laura D. is awaiting its turn to enter the mosquito dock.

Many United States tourists purchase Canadian steamyachts because of the greater privileges allowed by Canadian marine laws. United States marine laws require all steamyachts to have eligible captains and engineers, but Canadian steamyachts can be in charge of any person. Gasoline yachts, however, are not put under restriction by the United States law.

What is now demanded by passengers touring the Rideau is a map of that waterway, showing the relative positions of all the places along the line. No doubt the Rideau lakes navigation company will provide this next year. It would be most interesting to have in connection with it the different depths of the canals and lakes, and also the widths of narrow passages.

The steambarge J.G. Nichols cleared this morning for Cape Vincent, after receiving repairs in Davis' dry dock. She has been chartered by the United States government for survey work, and proceeds to-day to the East Charity Shoal, ten miles from the Cape. John C. Churchill, jr., of the United States engineers office, Oswego, is in charge of the expedition. The East Charity shoals are near the Charity Shoals and have never been surveyed. They are a danger to navigation, that being the place where the steamer Rosedale met a mishap several years ago. A survey of the St. Lawrence river will also be made.

One of the prettiest little cruising yachts in the harbor is the Sea Nymph, just launched by Andrew McCorkell. She is twenty-five feet over all, has a safe breadth and depth, is a centre board boat and carries her ballast inside. In a gale of wind she stands up like an ocean liner.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Bothnia, timber laden from Georgian Bay, has arrived at Garden Island.

A Challenge Issued - owner of steamer Capt. Visgar has issued handbill challenging the White Squadron steamers to follow him through small channels or change their handbills.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1900