The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1904

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p.2 Will the Yacht Club Get Larger Quarters ? - The Kingston Yacht Club has very soon to decide whether it will remain in its present quarters or seek a new site. The lease of the property on which the club house now stands expires shortly. It was for ten years, at the expiration of which time the owner was to purchase the building for $1,000 or give another lease of the water frontage. The club's quarters are too small, and must soon be enlarged. Some of the members want to purchase a larger property near the present one but if satisfactory arrangements can be made it is likely another lease will be taken of the site on which the club house stands.

The Tug Floated - The government tug St. Paul, sunk last Friday, was floated last night. It was jacked up, and then pumped out. The repairs required will be very slight.

p.3 Inspected The Canal - St. Catharines, April 5th - Hon. Mr. Emmerson, minister of Railways and Canals, makes tour of inspection at St. Catharines and Port Dalhousie.

p.4 Cape Vincent - Prof. Dupuis, Kingston, is getting gasoline launch built at Peo's boat house.



Was The Old Steamer Comet.

Kingston, April 5th - Letter to the Editor:

I noticed a letter in last Thursday's Whig from S. Winter, Yarker, in reference to an old steamer, the Cornet, as he called her, and was renamed the Mayflower. He also states she sprank a leak and sank on a trial trip. Allow me to say he is mistaken in the name. She was called the Comet. When a new boat her boiler blew up in Oswego harbor and several people were killed. She was afterwards fitted out with new ones and I think renamed the Mayflower. Something happened to her under that name, I can't remember what it was. However, afterwards she had all new upper works put on her from the main deck, a splendid cabin and state rooms. Her saloon was nicely furnished, including a piano, which was something new on a steamer in those days. This work was all done in the winter while she lay at the east side of what is now Swift's wharf. She was again renamed and called the Maple Leaf.

She was to run opposition to the old Royal Mail Line. She left early in the season on her first trip for the head of the lake and got into a collision with a sailing schooner about one mile or so above Nine Mile Point lighthouse. I remember her well and passed the spot afterwards where she sank and saw part of her topmast projecting above water. She was never raised. She was a very unlucky steamer.

Yours truly, JOSEPH DIX.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1904