The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Nov 1903

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In Wolfe Island Ferry Scheme

There promises to be something doing in connection with the Wolfe Island ferry scheme, and the fun was begun on Saturday, when Reeve Fawcett received from the legal firm of McIntyre & McIntyre a letter forbidding the municipal council proceeding further in the proposed ferry matter. This firm is acting for the ratepayers opposed to the municipal council owning and operating a ferry, and these "antis" have instructed their lawyers to take proceedings to have the bylaw set aside.

In June last a bylaw was submitted to the ratepayers for their pleasure. It provided for the expenditure of $20,000 for the purchase of a ferry steamer, to be owned and operated by the municipal council of the township. The "antis" claim that a majority vote was obtained by reason of certain statements made, that the money would never be used for the purpose named, that the whole game was one of bluff.

Acting upon the power given them by the ratepayers, the councillors proceeded to look around for a suitable boat, and not finding one to suit their fancy, they had the Bertram shipbuilding firm, Toronto, prepare plans, and finally awarded the firm the contract of building the steamer.

At this juncture the "antis" stepped in and called a halt, and instructed the legal firm of McIntyre & McIntyre to take action to have the bylaw set aside. The council has been notified not to proceed further, or action will be taken against them, and the whole affair will prove a costly one for them.

The reeve today summoned G.M. Macdonell to Wolfe Island for advice as to what procedure to follow, so as to keep out of the reach of the threatening strong arm of those opposed to the ferry scheme.


Anglin's Wharf - schooner Two Brothers from Fairhaven with coal.

Locomotive works wharf: Schooner Falconer from Charlotte with coal.

Craig's wharf - steamers Persia up; Niagara down; Alexandria down tonight.

The schooner Oliver Mowat from lake ports with barley is at the Malt house wharf.

Swift's wharf - steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa; schooners Suffel from Charlotte with coal.

Richardson's elevator - schooners Metzner, Laura D. and Maggie L. from Bay ports with grain; tug Kate and grain laden barge cleared for Montreal.

M.T. company elevator - tug Thomson from Charlotte, with two coal-laden barges and cleared for Montreal; schooner Katie Eccles from lake ports with grain.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly recently surveyed the steamers Turret Chief and J.H. Plummer on the dry dock at Superior, Wisc., adjusted a $25,000 fire loss on the tug Reliance at Midland and he is now at the burned steamer Advance, sunk with a valuable cargo at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The government dredge Sir Richard is at Portsmouth dredging Crawford's slip.

The steamer Islander is at Folger's wharf, having finished its season's running among Thousand Island points.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Nov 1903