The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Aug 1902

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Ogdensburg, N.Y., Aug. 14th - Capt. John Brown, the venerable lake captain, who died in Cleveland, Monday, was a native of this city, where he is still well remembered. Along in the sixties he commanded several steamers of the old Northern Transit line, among them being the Maine, the flagship of the fleet. Before sailing the Maine, he was in command of the old propeller Bay State, which, one month after Capt. Brown left her, went down with all hands in Lake Ontario. Several Ogdensburg men were drowned. Captain Brown brought the Paraguay, a new steel steamer, here from the Lorain shipyard last fall on her way to the Atlantic. He was known as one of the last of the old navigators in the times when there were not so many buoys and lighthouses as now.



Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean from Montreal.

Spile wharf: Schooner Clara Youell, with coal, from Charlotte.

The government steamer Lord Stanley was in port yesterday for a short time.

The schooner Valencia, of the Pennsylvania Coal company, is in the government dry dock receiving repairs.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Fleetwing, from Charlotte, with coal; steambarge Owen, from Charlotte, light.

The steamyacht Navago, with a party of United Statesers aboard, went up the Rideau today on a fishing cruise.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto, down and up; Caspian from Charlotte; Rideau King cleared for Ottawa; Corsican from Montreal tonight.

B.W. Folger told a Toronto Mail interviewer that the sale of the Folger boats to the New York Central railroad company had not taken place and was not likely to.

The Canadian propeller Sequin, which sank the City of Venice some days ago, was yesterday appraised at $51,200. She will be bonded for that amount. The Sequin is now at Cleveland, where her repairs will be completed.



The Opinion of Captain Thomas Donnelly.

[Toronto Mail and Empire]

Captain Thomas Donnelly, the well-known steamboat inspector, of Kingston, was in the city yesterday. Mr. Donnelly has the reputation of being the best posted man in Canada on marine matters. To the "Man on the Street," he said he had read with great interest an item which appeared yesterday with reference to the opposition in the lake and river St. Lawrence trade which the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation company may meet with from the New York Central railway. Captain Donnelly states that "talk is cheap, but it takes money to buy steamers," and long experience and ability to put up an opposition to the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation company. As far as purchasing the Folger line of steamers by the New York Central railway is concerned, Capt. Donnelly states that he does not think there is any truth in it. A few years ago, before the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company had built the steamers Toronto and Kingston, and had improved their river steamers, it might have been possible to have given them very serious opposition on the river, but it was too late in the day to think of this now. The two steamers that were built at Toronto, by the Bertrams, were without exception the best steamers on the inland waters for the trade. The Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company had very much improved their smaller vessels and had secured the best pilots in the business. They had built up a business that would be almost impossible to interfere with in any large degree. The captain thought there was not the remotest chance of anyone in future successfully competing with the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation company for the Lake Ontario and river St. Lawrence business.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Aug 1902