The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Apr 1901

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p.2 Is Now a Wreck - The old sailing yacht Victoria, that has seen better days, now lies in the mud in a slip near the marine railway at Portsmouth. She was built years ago for the late George Offord, but is now owned by Dr. Curtis. The yacht in which many a pleasant sailing party left Kingston, could be fitted up and made quite respectable again. Her hull is in good condition, but her upper rigging is all gone. She was counted one of the most comfortable pleasure sailing yachts in the harbor in her time.

Incidents of the Day - During the past winter convicts rebuilt the wharf on the western side of the Kingston penitentiary. The work was well done and the wharf is now sound and substantial where previously it was decayed and dangerous.


A Fine Lot of Barges Ready For Sailing.

The schooner Acacia cleared today for Oswego.

The whole Calvin fleet has now left Garden Island.

Traffic on the Rideau will commence next Wednesday.

The Empire State will run an excursion from Ogdensburg to Kingston on May 24th.

Kingston will be without two of last year's excursion steamers this summer - the Unique and the New York.

The schooner Kate Eccles, from Bay ports, this morning discharged a cargo of wheat at the Mooer's company elevator.

The schooner Flora Carveth, from lake ports, this morning discharged a cargo of wheat at the Mooer's company elevator.

The schooner Marie Antoinette, from bay ports, arrived at Richardson & Sons elevator this morning with a cargo of wheat.

The Collins Bay rafting company has sold the schooner Waubeshene to Mr. Bickerdike, of Montreal, a prominent cattle exporter.

In making the harbor yesterday the schooner Marie Antoinette struck bottom. She went on easy and met with no difficulty in floating off.

The steamer Rival of the Collins Bay rafting company, has been hauled out on the marine ways at Portsmouth, and will be fitted with a new steel keelson.

The schooner Flora Carveth cleared today for Oswego, to load coal for this port, and the schooner Jamieson cleared for Fair Haven to load coal for Port Hope.

Capt. Hudson arrrived from Clayton today, to take charge of the steamer New Island Wanderer for the season. Capt. Miller today began fitting out the steamer New York.

The steamer Iona, of the Hall forwarding company, Ogdensburg, came into port yesterday for the purpose of entering Davis & Sons dry-dock for repairs. But owing to shallow water she was unable to reach the dock.

M.T. company elevator - Schooner Jamieson, from Port Hope, arrived with 8,000 bushels wheat; tug Thomson arrived from Charlotte with a coal laden barge and cleared again for the same port with two barges to load coal for Montreal.

The steamer James Swift leaves next Wednesday on her first trip of the season, on the Rideau, going as far as Smith's Falls. Her officers are: Master, Edward Fleming; mate, William Fleming; engineer, Thomas Simmons; second engineer, James Fobister; purser, Harry Brown.

The Canadian Atlantic Railway company has leased the schooners Thrush, Hiawatha and Lapwing to the George Hall forwarding company, of Ogdensburg. These vessels have been repaired, refitted and placed in first class condition, at the marine railway, Portsmouth. They have been painted black and white, and are ready to go into commission.

During the past winter, under the supervision of ex-alderman James Stewart, the fleet of barges of the Canada Atlantic railway company have been thoroughly overhauled and repaired. Some of them have been practically rebuilt. On the Huron $2000 has been spent in a new deck, deck beams and cabin and the barge is as good today as she was at launching. A new keelson of British Columbia pine has been added to the Bismarck, besides general repairs. The Condor has received a new deck and a general overhauling. The Canada Atlantic railway company's fleet of barges now comprise the Cherokee, Dakota, Virginia, Thrush, Lapwing, Jet, Princess, Beauport, Siren and Iroquois. All look spic and span in a new coat of paint and have their names and the name of the firm to which they belong painted on bow and stern in letters over a foot long. The fleet will go into commission at once. Today the Princess and Virginia loaded peas at the elevator of James Richardson & Sons, for Montreal. The balance of the fleet will be in use by the first of next week. The barge Iroquois which went ashore in Lake St. Louis last fall, and had to be abandoned on account of shallow water, was successfully floated Thursday, and will be taken to Montreal for repairs. It is said that she wintered splendidly and is little the worse for her long stay ashore.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The steambarge Hecla, Ogdensburg to Charlotte, light, passed up today.

The schooner Straubenzie arrived at Richardsons' elevator this afternoon with 25,000 bushels of grain from Toronto.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Apr 1901