RIDEAU STEAMERS BUSY.
Through the efforts of Capt. Noonan, the Rideau trip from Kingston to Ottawa is becoming very widely advertised. The steamers of the Rideau Lakes navigation company are kept every busy, and tourists are charmed with the delights of the magnificent waterway, which has also its historic interest. It seems strange that the people of Ottawa and Kingston do not take more advantage of this grand trip so close at hand. The greater portion of the travellers through the Rideau are from the United States. So far has the fame of the Rideau reached, that tourists actually come from as far south as Texas to take the trip from Kingston.
For Capt. Noonan can justly be claimed the title of "Father of the Rideau tourist traffic." For years past he has steadily been building up the passenger traffic on this waterway, between Kingston and Ottawa, and year by year giving better steamboat facilities, convenience and luxuries. All this took time and energy and money. The enterprising captain (now managing director of the Rideau Lakes navigation company) has seen his efforts crowned with success, and deservedly so. Now he finds it necessary to build a third boat for the route, to be in commission next summer.
Notes About Vessels.
Craig's wharf: steamer Persia from Toronto.
Calvin's new tug will likely be called the Frontenac.
The steamer Rideau Queen has the shrillest whistle of any steamer in Kingston harbor.
The steambarge Alberta has been sold to Capt. Smith, Belleville, owner of the schooner Ballou.
Richardsons' elevator: steamer Myles cleared for Fort William; tug Nellie Reid and two grain laden barges cleared for Montreal.
Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston from Toronto; North King from Charlotte; Rideau Queen from Ottawa; Hamilton from Hamilton.
M.T. company elevator: S.S. Rosemount and consorts cleared for upper lake ports; tug Thomson cleared for Montreal with five laden barges.
The tug Petrel, of the Collins Bay wrecking and towing company, wrecked at Cape Race recently, and taken to St. John's, Nfld., will be ready for service again in a week's time.
Yesterday no less than six steam yachts from down the river landed parties at Craig's wharf. There were the Erro, Capt. Dave Wagoner; Chance, Gryphon, Aurora and Louise.
To prevent passengers boarding the wrong steamer at the ferry wharf, signs should be placed on the sides of the boats, when two or more are at the wharf. Then there would be no excuse for mistakes.
The Collins Bay wrecking and towing company are loading seven cars of pontoons at Collins Bay to ship to Labrador to raise a sunken steamer, owned by Mr. Reid, the Newfoundland magnate. This steamer was wrecked off the Labrador coast last fall, and William Lesslie, Kingston, now at St. John's, has been given the contract to raise her.
p.5 Affairs of the Hour - The tug Parthia and raft cleared from Garden Island last night for Quebec.
p.6 Will Cost $9,000,000! - to improve Sault Ste. Marie canal.