The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1901

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p.5 Had A Lively Trip - The steamer New Island Wanderer experienced a stormy passage on the trip from Cape Vincent to this city today. More than one passenger suffered from mal-de-mer and all were glad to set foot on land again.

Dec. 14, 1901

p.2 Few Boats Lay Up Here - It is a noticeable fact that only a comparatively few vessels are being laid up at Kingston this winter. Marine men say the number is lower than during any past year. What this is due to it would be hard to say. Several vessels are stuck in the ice at various places, while even a few Kingston boats have gone into winter quarters at other ports. All this, of course, means the loss of more or less money to Kingston.

Incidents of the Day - Next season, the Knapp roller boat will be used as a grain-carrying reformer.

The steambarge Hinckley took a load of lumber to Cape Vincent yesterday.

The barge Virginia of Canada Atlantic line is on the marine railway at Portsmouth to be repaired.


Fine Painting By N. Henderson.

There is on view in the window of Wade's drug store a clever painting, executed by Nicholas Henderson, of an ocean greyhound of a type familiar enough half a century ago, but now fast becoming extinct. The painting was executed from plans drawn over fifty years ago by the late William Power, naval architect, who in his day was one of the cleverest designers and builders in Canada. The ship, Trafalgar by name, was built a short distance from Quebec, and was one of the first of her class, being built on scientific principles. She was one of the fastest vessels afloat and some of her sailing records yet stand unbroken by sailing craft.

Mr. Henderson began the painting before the death of Mr. Power, and had the benefit of that gentleman's coaching in the ground work of the painting, so that the production is absolutely accurate. After Mr. Power's death, the artist had the original drawings as a guide.

The painting shows a large three-masted schooner running before a gale, with only the fore-sail unfurled; sailors man the rigging of the foremast, stowing away the large square sail. The scene is vividly portrayed and one can almost imagine seeing the flying mist. The artist has succeeded in producing that "hazy distance" which all painters strive for but few succeed in placing on canvas.


Wind Storm Lasts A Long Time.

A gale which started Thursday evening at sunset and continued with unabated fury throughout Friday and Saturday, was unequalled in point of fierceness by any previous storm this fall. Fortunately, however, the damage occasioned was slight to what it might have been or what was expected. Had the marine season not been practically closed, the number of fatal accidents might have been appalling.

The south-west wind churned the blue waters of Lake Ontario into white foam, so that the huge billows which were hurled forward looked as if crested with whipped cream. Waves dashed against the shore in fury and the spray was carried along by the wind an astonishing distance. All the wharves along the waterfront were washed clean; it was positively hazardous to attempt to walk along any of the wind-swept wharves.....

Small schooners were unable to unload at Richardsons' elevator, even on the sheltered side. The steamer Aletha had to remain in port, cancelling her trips to Stella....

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1901