The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Sep 1903

Full Text



Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean up.

M.T. company elevator: S.S. Rosemount and consort cleared for upper lake ports.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down; Corsican up tonight; Rideau King cleared for Ottawa.

The steamer Pierrepont has returned to the ferry route after a ten days vacation in Davis' dry-dock.



Record of Captain J.B. Estes, of St. Lawrence.

Captain J.B. Estes, the well known and popular first officer of the steamer St. Lawrence, at the age of eighty-five is still navigating the river. Captain Estes has been on the river for seventy years. To him its channels are as familiar as the rooms of his own home. As a boy he began his career upon the river. It was then in all its primitive wildness. The region of beautiful summer homes and palatial hotels he has seen developed one by one from the forest of years ago. He began sailing at the age of thirteen, when he went as boy on the vessel Horatio Gates, Captain Joe Main, Clayton. He was next in the Washington and in the schooner Webster he served as mate for twenty-five dollars a month.

Later he commanded the schooner Pennsylvania, which with the schooner Favorite, was the only vessel that weathered the memorable storm of November 28th, 1842. The next year he commanded the steamer Oneida Chief and left her to take command of the steamer Niagara for the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario Steamboat company. He followed as commander of the steamer Cataract and in 1856 went into the steamer Ontario, then the finest on Lake Ontario. For eighteen years he sailed the Ontario and his favorite marine glasses today are a pair given him by passengers, grateful for the excellent seamanship displayed by the captain in a gale on Lake Ontario. Since 1894 Captain Estes has been in command of the steamer Unique, and later has been associated with his son in the St. Lawrence. [Oswego Palladium]

p.5 Breakwater Finished - Buffalo N.Y., Sept. 24th - After seven years' work the contracting firm of Hughes Bros. & Bangs, this morning completed the Buffalo breakwater. The wall is the longest ever built in fresh water. An appropriation of $1,200,000 has been used in finishing the work, and the breakwater is now supposed to be completed and in first-class condition.

p.7 From Cape Vincent - death of Joseph Peo, senior member of Peo & Son, boat builders.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Publication:
24 Sep 1903
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
Creative Commons licence:
pd [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Sep 1903