The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Nov 1903

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Ogdensburg, Nov. 9th - The Rutland Transit company's steamer Walter L. Frost was scuttled in Lake Michigan, 16 miles off the South Manitou Island, during a terrible gale in which she was driven ashore. The crew were nearly all from Ogdensburg. The Frost was grain-laden from Chicago to Ogdensburg. Capt. Gallagher, in command, is one of the oldest captains of the fleet, having sailed in that time for more than twelve years, never having had a mishap before.

Percy's Body Found - The body of Sidney Percy, the Cape Vincent sailor and mate of the steamer Nicaragua of Buffalo, who recently disappeared at Cleveland, was found in the water...



The schooner Suffel has gone to Picton to enter winter quarters.

Craig's wharf: steamers Persia up; Alexandria due down this evening.

M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson cleared down with two grain-laden barges.

The schooners Tradewind and Two Brothers are in the harbor windbound.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa on her last trip of the season.

The M.T. company's new steel tug, being built at Collingwood, is about ready to launch. It is 120 feet long, and has a draught of twelve feet.

Capt. R. Davis left for Montreal this afternoon to examine the small steamer May, owned by the Labrador company, with a view of rebuilding it here.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Metzner from Wellington; and schooner Granger from Simcoe Island with grain. Cleared: steambarges Westport, King Ben, for Montreal; Kenirving for Smith's Falls, all with wheat.

M.R. Davis, government inspector of steamboat hulls, is home after a month's trip of inspection in the Muskoka district. He states that lake navigation is somewhat dull at present, and that there is very little building of vessels in sight for the winter.

p.3 Lake Yacht Racing Association - The annual meeting of the Lake Yacht Racing Association was held here Saturday night with a full representation of all affiliated clubs. These officers were elected: President, John C. Mott, Oswego; vice-president, J. Van Vorhis, Rochester; secretary, Ross Gooderham, Toronto; council, J. Mather, Buffalo; G. Owen, Hamilton; F.D. Walker, Hamilton; Frank Strange, Kingston; Owen Martin, Toronto.

A motion to admit schooner yachts and yawl rigged boats on handicap, was defeated.

It was decided to have a four days' rendezvous regatta at Kingston, late in July or early in August, the date to be selected later.

After the meeting the delegates were banqueted by the Kingston Yacht Club.

The fact that it was found unnecessary to tamper with the rules of the association speaks highly for their arranging. They are as near perfection as it is possible to arrange sailing rules and everybody admits that it is just as well to leave well enough alone.

It was suggested that a two days' meet be held off Charlotte, but the opinion of the meeting was that it would be unwise to break up the sport into pieces, and would be preferable to have one big meet here, so this decision was adhered to.

p.6 Widening and Deepening - Lime Kiln Crossing at Amherstburg getting improvements including being widened another 180 feet and deepened to 20 feet.

Death of Mrs. Mary A. Knapp - wife of William C. Knapp, who started boat building business now run by son.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Nov 1903