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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Feb 1903

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For Guiding Big Steamer Through Rapids.

Montreal, Feb. 19th - After the annual meeting of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company, held today, the president, Hon. L.J. Forget, presented two handsome gold watches, of the very best Waltham make, to Captains Batten and Ouellette, the two pilots who brought the new steamer Montreal down the rapids of the St. Lawrence in May last. The steamer is 340 feet long, and drew 7 feet 2 inches of water. The remarkable features of the trip were that the steamer was from 50 to 110 feet longer than other large passenger steamers, which had previously run the rapids; drew more water and there was a foot less depth of water in the river. The towing hawser broke twice at critical points in the rapids, and she took four and a half days to make the run from Prescott to Montreal, which is usually made in seven hours. The new Montreal will be unique in being the largest steamer which ever ran the rapids, and the handsomest steamer in the world in her decorations. She commences her trips between Montreal and Quebec in the early part of the ensuing season.

The annual meeting of the shareholders of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company was held today, Hon. L.J. Forget presiding. The annual financial statement and president's statement, made public several days ago, were presented and adopted by the meeting. The directors were re-elected as follows: Hon. L.J. Forget, William Wainwright, Col. F.C. Henshaw, George Caverhill, J.K. Osborne, H.M. Pellatt, W. Hanson, G.O. Paradis, E.B. Garneau, H.M. Molson and R. Forget. The first two gentlemen were named president and vice-president respectively.

Feb. 20, 1903


Feb. 21, 1903

p.1 New Steamer Project - may run a steamer on St. Lawrence for local trips.

p.2 Large Number of Boats - ...There are 138 craft of all kinds tied up in the harbor, the largest number in some years. Extensive repairs are being made to the steambarge Advance. New upper works are being added and other additions made. The steamer Reliance is also undergoing repairs.

p.5 Capt. Dan Hourigan, for years in command of the steamer Hecla, will bring out the new steamer John C. Howard, now building at Port Huron, for the George Hall company. Capt. Russell, master of the tug W.L. Proctor, will be transferred to the Hecla.

p.6 Capt. John Nurden, Brighton, died on Friday at Hamilton. Deceased was one of the oldest captains on Lake Ontario. He had been sailing since he was 17 years of age.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Feb 1903