The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jul 1902

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Justice Andrews heard arguments in Syracuse in the application of the defendants to vacate the injuntion obtained by the Thousand Island steamboat company against Walter L. and H. Wellington Visger, before Justice Williams. Both parties to the action operate steamboats on the St. Lawrence among the Thousand Islands. The plaintiff claims title to the Fine View, Crossman and Cornwall docks, having leased them, and alleges that the Visgers are illegally using them. Henry Purcell, Watertown, appeared for the Folgers, who own the Thousand Island steamboat company, and Theodore E. Hancock and J.W. Hogan for the Visgers, the moving parties.

In his opening argument Mr. Hancock stated his case in brief consisted that the docks in question are public docks and therefore anyone is entitled to use them. He then went into the matter of land under water rights and read the grants for the Crossman dock. Mr. Hancock read the affidavit of H. Wellington Visger and interpreted that fully ninety per cent of the dockage at Alexandria Bay is at the Cornwall dock. Then he read an affidavit of attorney Delaney, Alexandria Bay, concerning the rivalry between the companies, and claimed that the Folgers are trying to monopolize the river business. The damage to the Visgers by reason of the present injunction was stated to be large, especially at Fine View, where on Sundays the Thousand Island Park people walk to Fine View to get the boats. Mr. Hancock said that the Visgers offered to pay the usual dockage charges but the Folgers would not allow the landings, having secured the leases with a view of shutting them out. Mr. Hancock concluded by citing authorities to sustain his position that the docks were public docks.

Mr. Purcell submitted maps of the docks and then proceeded with his argument. Concerning the Fine View dock he said that no grant had ever been made of the land by the state. He claimed that the court of appeals has held that the public has no right to use wharves erected by the owners of lands adjacent to navigable waters. Mr. Purcell said it wasn't a question of motive but of law and that they were acting fully within their rights.

In answer to various questions, Mr. Purcell claimed that the docks were private property and that the owners of the lease could exclude anyone. Judge Andrews took the papers.


Rathbun's wharf: sloop Rover cleared for Alexandria Bay with lumber.

Crawford's wharf: schooner New Dominion arrived from Charlotte with coal

Craig's wharf: steamer Persia from St. Catharines; steamer Gracie from Gananoque.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston down and up; Rideau Queen from Ottawa; Hamilton from Hamilton; North King from Charlotte.

Capt. Augustus of Inland Lloyds, left last night for Montreal to inspect several new boats being built there for the Dominion bridge company. He will be absent several days.

Last evening the steamer Rival ran on a shoal off Tremont Park. The steamer Pierrepont went to her assistance from Gananoque at midnight, and pulled her off. The Rival sustained little damage.

The officials of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company are busy on board the steamer Corsican, holding an investigation as to the mishap which occurred to her and to a bridge on Sunday in the Bay of Quinte at Belleville.

p.4 Down The River Notes - The steamboat war still continues. The main fight is for the travel on the steamers Ramona and Captain Visgar, which make the island ramble. This season the Visgar people have added a new boat to this line - the steamer Castanet.

The steamer Idler, also of the Visgar line, ran several excursions to Kingston last week, and was well patronized.

The New Island Wanderer and Capt. Visgar carried full loads on Saturday night to Alexandria Bay to witness the illumination.

p.6 Pleasure Yachts Here - Sirius from Comfort Island and Sport from Sport Island.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jul 1902