The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Sep 1902

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Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean up.

Swift's wharf: steamer Corsican from Montreal tonight.

Crawford's wharf: schooners Tradewind and Acacia from Charlotte with coal.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner New Dominion from Belleville with grain.

The steamer Orion and consorts are at Richardsons' elevator awaiting insurance inspection of some damaged grain.

M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson from Montreal with four light barges, and cleared for Charlotte with two barges to load to load coal; S.S. Rosemount and consorts from Fort William with 200,000 bushels of wheat.



Oldest Vessel Is Rotting On The Island.

Toronto, Sept. 18th - It is altogether likely that the bones of the schooner Ann Brown, the oldest sailing vessel on Lake Ontario, will rot and crumble in the waters of Toronto Bay.

This spring, when the owners of the Ann Brown threatened to break her up for firewood, the members of the Belmont Dinghy Club, composed of young residents of the island, conceived the idea of purchasing the Ann Brown as the club's flagship. The idea was carried out, and the Ann Brown, resplendent in a new coat of white and red paint, but still flaunting her ancient rags of sails, was a familiar sight in the bay all summer. The lads of the Belmont club sailed her in all weathers. When her old sails blew out, they swarmed aloft and gathered in the remnants and then patiently sewed them together again. Any Sunday the ancient craft could be seen hustling around the bay with half a dozen dinghies in tow or racing and chasing about her.

Last week, however, during one of those stiff storms from the west, the Ann Brown dragged her moorings and went ashore on the island, just west of the R.C.Y.C. island clubhouse. She is so rotten that it is hardly likely that she will be floated again. If she remains there until the ice forms the fate of her upper works will probably be that of the upper works of the old Chicoutimi - to furnish a bonfire for chilly skaters.

The Ann Brown was built at the foot of York street by a laborer in his spare time eighty years ago. She was for many years engaged in the fur trade with the Indians on the upper lakes, but ended her commercial career as a humble member of the Port Credit stone hooker fleet. She was a "landmark" in Lake Ontario shipping history. The Ann Brown has been in service so long that the knots in her bottom planking actually stand out from the clear wood which has been worn away during her long career. It has been estimated that during her eighty odd years of sailing the old schooner has travelled over 300,000 miles, or, in other words, had she been set sailing on a direct course about the world would have made the round trip six times and been now on the home stretch of the seventh journey.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Sep 1902