The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Mar 1901

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p.2 Personal Mention - Andrew Kennedy left yesterday for Goderich to assist in fitting up the machinery of the steamer Myles, of which he is second engineer.

To Hold The Ice Yacht Races - Cape Vincent to come to Kingston to compete for Walker Cup.

Pushing Work Ahead - If the ice holds good for two more weeks, work on the Snake Island lighthouse will be completed. The large staff of men now employed will push the work ahead as fast as possible. If the work cannot be completed while the ice lasts, boats will be used, just as soon as fine weather arrives.

March 13, 1901

p.8 Had A Difficult Time - Cape Vincent ice yachts tried to get to Kingston through Wolfe Island canal, had to use horses.

March 14, 1901

p.1 Among the Islanders - John Whitmarsh, light house keeper at Snake Island, has removed his family to Simcoe Island.

p.5 Snowfall Spoiled The Yacht Races - ice yachts.

Incidents - Kingston will be given a government harbor dredge again soon after the opening of navigation. Its treatment by the Hon. J.I. Tarte is most generous and public spirited.


Dangers Are Aggravated By The Rules of Navigation.

[Toronto News]

"One of the greatest needs of this continent is uniformity in navigation rules on the lakes, and one of the greatest menaces to human life and property on those same lakes is the lack of uniformity."

Captain Donnelly, of Kingston, made that statement to the News at the Walker house.

"In brief the matter stands this way," he said. " In the United States waters they have one set of rules; in Canada or when a United States vessel comes into Canada or when a Canadian vessel goes into United States, both are guided by the rules of their own country, and are subject to the laws of the other country, regulating those rules. For instance, the signal of an American boat in a fog is three blasts of a whistle; that of a Canadian is one long blast. The latter is the passing signal in Canadian waters.

"Then again, as to lights. Steamers towing barges, under American rules, carry two vertical lights six feet apart. Under Canadian rules, if a steamer tows more than one barge, or if the distance from the stern of the steamer to that of the last barge is more than six hundred feet, the steamer towing must carry three vertical lights. There is a big difference; when the boats on the lakes were small, the danger to loss of life and property was not so great, but now when the insurance on a single vessel runs up to $250,000, the boat is large and carries a big crew, the matter assumes another aspect.

"Another peculiar circumstance is this. In 1899 an international conference was held in Washington to decide the rules of navigation. Canada has abided by those rules, then formulated, but as they did not apply, in some cases, to lake navigation, the United States formulated laws of their own. I was one of the deputation, which waited on the dominion government asking for the establishment of uniform regulations, but no intimation has been received yet.

We have just asked the dominion government that the light house on Pelee Island, burnt down in 1899, be rebuilt. However, the dominion government has sent word that as soon as they can find solid foundation they will build a new lighthouse."

March 15, 1901

p.4 Affairs Of The Hour - Capt. Paer, of the barque Swallow, has won the harbor-master's white hat this year in Toronto, as his vessel was the first to enter the harbor for this season.

p.5 Incidents Of The Day - A gang of men are at work on the government dredge at Kingston Mills, making repairs and placing it in first class condition for work as soon as the season opens.

- ice yacht went over one third of course in nine minutes; the international race could have been run.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Mar 1901