The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1903

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At Colchester Light While Navigation Is Open.

Detroit, Dec. 8th - President Livingstone, of the Lake Marine Association, yesterday, received word to the effect that the keeper of the Colchester light in Canadian waters was about to abandon the light for the remainder of the season. As this is one of the most important lights on the lakes, Mr. Livingstone telegraphed Col. Anderson, of the Canadian department of marine, and the keeper was at once instructed to remain at the light as long as navigation is open. Word from Lake Erie last night was to the effect that the ice between Bar Point and Point Pelee, is not as thick or as hard as first reports indicated, steel boats having but little difficulty in breaking a passage.



The steamer Arabian will come to Kingston with wheat for Richardsons' elevator. She left Fort William on Saturday.

The steambarge Nile will take another cargo of baled hay from Kingston to Ogdensburg, after which she will go into winter quarters.

The steamer Colonial left Port Dalhousie at three o'clock, Monday morning, for Oswego, N.Y., and should have reached that port within about sixteen hours from that time.

Navigation at Owen Sound, Ont., is still wide open. Two carriers, the Neebing and Wahcondah arrived on Monday with large cargoes of wheat and three others are now on the way here.

The Savona, the last freighter of the season, cleared from Fort William on Monday with grain for Buffalo. The Monarch will be in today. She is the last steamer from the east. Steamers from Duluth will make a number of trips yet.

Several of the Turret liners will reach Owen Sound, Ont., during the week to go into winter quarters. The general business of the port will be thousands of tons in excess of last year and undoubtedly will establish a record.


Wolfe Island Ferry Scheme Is Again Opposed.

Opposition to the Wolfe Island ferry has sprung up in an unexpected quarter. At the city council meeting last night, the following letter from F.A. Folger, Jr., superintendent of the K. & P. railroad, was read:

"Having been informed that application has been made, or is to be made, to the council of the city of Kingston, to grant the privilege to a ferry company to erect and maintain a wharf at the foot of Clarence street, the Kingston & Pembroke railway company hereby enters formal protest against any structure being erected which will in any way interfere with their rights of dockage and water front, or will in any way obstruct them in the proper and legal use of their dock privileges."

In view of this opposition, the report of the city property committee, recommending the use of the Clarence street slip, was withdrawn.

p.3 City Council - Communications - Thousand Island Steamboat company applying for permission to extend a wharf at the foot of Brock street for ferry purposes - City property committee.

p.8 Pith of the News - The steamer Colonial, about whose safety some anxiety had been felt, arrived at Oswego, N.Y. on Monday night from Port Dalhousie.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1903