The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1902

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The steamer Ramona is being repaired in Davis' dry dock.

Soward's wharf: schooner Fleetwing, from Oswego, with coal.

Rathbun's Grove Inn wharf: schooner Fleetwing, from Oswego, with coal. (sic)

Crawford's wharf: schooner Acacia, from Oswego; schooner Tradewind from Sodus; steambarge John Milne, Smith's Falls to Sodus, called.

The steamer Victoria, of Rockport, is out of Davis' drydock, after receiving extensive repairs. She leaves on Saturday to begin her route between Gananoque and Brockville.

In Imperial Interests - Kingston board of trade supports deepening of canals between Montreal and Lake Erie, and government should support Canadian ship-building industry; the President, Capt. Gaskin, the vice-president G.Y. Chown, and Capt. Thomas Donnelly appointed the Kingston board of trade's delegates to convention of all provincial boards being held at Toronto.



[Picton Gazette]

On Tuesday 6th inst., about 5:30 p.m. standing on the walk near my boathouse I noticed the tide coming in very fast. In about five minutes the water of the harbor had risen about twenty inches. It was above the end of my water walk, and nearly level with my boat house floor, a height not before reached in many years. The harbor presented a rather unusual appearance, the water reaching nearly to the tops of the wharves in some places. At about 5:35, or a very few minutes after that, the water began to recede, and soon the tide was rushing out with considerable force, the harbor having more the character of a rapid running river than of a quiet bay as usual. In about twenty minutes or by six o'clock, the water had gone down fully thirty inches by actual measurement, the like of which, I will venture to say, has not happened here before in thirty years. Considerable stretches of mud were suddenly left exposed along the inner part of the harbor near my timber frontage, the water being lower than at any time since the lowest last fall. In about five minutes more the tide began to return, but the water of the harbor did not again reach normal level for a couple of hours or so. The wind was moderate, about north-easterly. The sky was mostly clouded over and had the appearance of a coming storm. A heavy storm of wind and rain did actually follow in the night.

p.5 Incidents Of The Day - The American inspectors of steamboat hulls, Messrs. Nolan and Pope, of Buffalo, have completed their inspection of the steamers Kingston and Toronto, of the R. & O. line, and found them in first class condition.

Skilful With The Brush - Anthony McGuire has just finished painting one of the outside decorations for the steamer St. Lawrence, and has started to work on the other ones. The draped flags and the eagle have been painted in masterly style, and are but one more indication of Mr. McGuire's skill with the brush. The large signs are being painted in the old Whig building, King street.

Some Marine Arrivals - Craig's wharf, str. Ocean from Montreal.

Swift's wharf, schooner Falconer cleared for Charlotte.



Oswego, N.Y., May 11th, 1902

"James Nolan, president L. S. union, Kingston, Ont.

My Dear Sir, - In regard to the statements made by Capt. DeWitte of the schooner D. Freeman, that he was obliged to walk two miles to confer with me regarding unloading of his boat, I would say that the captain was mistaken when making that statement, for the fact of the matter was that we were on the spot and no walk was necessary. While there the captain called the dock boss and when Mr. De Wette returned, he informed the president of the union that he could not unload his boat, and also bragged that he need not go to any union port, while the fine remained. Thereupon we placed the fine. The fine was five cents a thousand on the first, ten cents on the next, fifteen on the next and twenty on the next, and he was very lucky in escaping in the manner in which he did. If Mr. De Wette makes any more remarks regarding our actions in this matter we will certainly place another fine. Please give this answer to the Kingston Whig to place ourselves right. Yours very truly, P.J. Hickey, president L. S. union, Oswego, N.Y."

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1902