The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1902

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The schooner Two Brothers cleared for Oswego.

Swift's wharf: steamers Corsican down; Spartan up.

Craig's wharf: steamers Persia and Niagara up; Ocean down.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Highland Beauty, from bay ports, with grain.

The steambarge Iona, at one time owned by Capt. Vanalstine, Picton, and practically destroyed by fire, has been rebuilt, so well that she is now a finer vessel than ever.

There are eighteen steamers and sailing craft at Oswego waiting to be loaded. They will bring 15,000 to Canadian points. It will be Saturday before the fleet can get away.

In backing out from Picton dock on Sunday the steamer Spartan ran aground in Dougall's cove. All efforts to release her proved unavailing. A tug came from Deseronto and after lightening the vessel of part of her cargo, she was released, without receiving perceptible damage.

The new 50 foot steam launch, built by the Davis' dry dock company, had a successful trial run. She ran over the two and one-half mile course in nine and three-fourth minutes with 225 to 250 pounds of steam. It is expected to reduce the time on the two and one-half mile course to about nine minutes with 310 pounds of steam, this being the government allowance. This boat was built as an experiment to prove for the builders the best design to adopt for fast boats and they are now convinced that the "Turtle-Torpedo" stern is the most satisfactory. The understanding was, that when this boat had shown satisfactory results and attained the speed of fifteen miles an hour, a Pittsburg, Pa. gentleman would buy her for use on Muskoka waters. He will be here in a few days to test the launch. The dimensions are 48 feet long on deck, 50 feet on water line by 7 ft. 3 in. wide and 3 ft. 6 in. deep.

Personal Mention - Davis & Sons have 32 men at work on the steamer International in the government dry-dock. It will take fully two weeks to make the necessary repairs. Capt. R. Davis goes to Toronto today to meet two gentlemen desiring launches.

p.4 In Our Own Circuit - Capt. P.D. Ostrander, Milford, is slowly recovering from a recent painful operation at Toronto. After suffering nine weeks with a fractured leg it was found the bones had not united and in order to save the leg it was necessary to saw off the ends of the bones and wire them together.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1902