The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1902

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The steamer New Island Wanderer today commenced her semi-daily trips to Cape Vincent.

The steamer India and consorts, timber-laden, arrived at Garden Island from Toronto.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Two Brothers from Trenton; sloop Granger from Emerald.

Swift's wharf: schooner Falconer, from Oswego with coal; steamer Hamilton, Hamilton to Montreal.

Craig's wharf: steamer Cuba, Hamilton to Montreal, called this morning on her first trip of the season; steamer Waterlily, Cobourg to Montreal.

It is announced that the Wolvin syndicate has purchased the fleet of the Prescott elevator company, consisting of eight barges and a tug. The price was about $90,000.

M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson arrived from Oswego with two coal-laden barges, and cleared for Montreal with those and two grain laden barges and two floating elevators.

The steamer Rideau King arrived at Swift's wharf today from Jones' Falls where she received extensive repairs during the winter. On Saturday she makes her first regular trip of the season, going as far as Smith's Falls.

A.W. Hepburn, owner of the steamers Argyle and Alexandria, states that he is seriously considering the matter of putting on a steamer on the Bay of Quinte route, to stop at the New York Central dock, Charlotte.



On The Bay Of Quinte

Writing to the Napanee Beaver Thomas Casey gives an interesting account of the early days of navigation in local waters. The following, in reference to the Bay of Quinte, will be read with interest:

The principal steamers until the past forty years on the bay were the Brockville, Fashion, Novelty, all commanded in their time by Capt. Jacob Bonter, of Belleville; the Bay of Quinte, the finest boat in its day, built by Gildersleeve and commanded by Capt. J. McGill Chambers of Smith's Falls; the Queen Victoria, owned and commanded by Capt. Henry Corby, Belleville. These captains were all energetic and prominent men in their time. There were others, but the writer scarcely remembers their names now. Until well in the fifties, when the Grand Trunk railway commenced operations, steam boats were the only public means of travelling and the boats and captains were of much public importance.

Hon. Billa Flint, Belleville, built two steam barges, fitted up for passengers, lumber and other freight, making regular trips from Belleville to Oswego. That was about fifty years ago. They were quite popular in their time. A few years later, in the sixties, the Downey Bros., Napanee, established a line of two similar boats, the Oswego Belle and Kincardine, between here and Oswego. At that time very large quantities of barley, lumber and other freight were shipped from here. That business fell off and the steamers went elsewhere.

The late Capt. John Porte, who died in Trenton a few years ago, was the first to establish a regular steamer passenger route in and out of the Napanee River. The small and somewhat slow John Greenway, brought here from the Mohawk River, N.Y., was the pioneer boat for that purpose. That was about forty years ago.

p.8 Fitting Out His Steamer - Capt. Craig is having his steamer, the Island Queen, fitted out for the season's excursion business. She is now lying at the long pier at Portsmouth, and when she leaves for her first trip she will be one of the trimmest and neatest crafts in the harbor.

The Argyle's Route - The steamer Argyle will make her first trip of the season on May 22nd, and run on her old run between Toronto, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Port Hope, Cobourg and Colborne. She is being refitted at Picton under the supervision of Capt. O'Brien. James Hepburn will once again wear the purser's cap.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1902