The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jul 1904

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Arrival and Departure of Vessels

Several expert marine men looked over the Wolfe Island ferry steamer yesterday afternoon, and came to the conclusion that the island council had paid too high a price. The boat, of course, cannot be compared to the Pierrepont, which is much larger, has a more spoon-shaped bow, and special wheels and rudder for going through ice. The carrying capacity of the Pierrepont is more than twice as many as the Wolfe Island boat. However, it is understood that the Wolfe Island council has not paid all the money over, and may retain some in order to have the boat completed.

The Thomas Fawcett is by no means a pretty craft in outline or construction. It carries the old-time mariners back to the days when the steamers Watertown and Gazelle used to plough through the waters of the harbor. Capt. "Tom" Clancy thinks it looks more like the old City of Kingston, which ran on the Rideau for a while in the eighties. There is something historic, therefore, in the architecture of the Wolfe Island boat. Long may it live to serve the islanders.


Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Jessie Bain had a trial run to Clayton last night.

The steamer Castanet was to be inspected here on her arrival from down the river today.

Richardson's elevator: steamer Myles, from Fort William, with 40,000 bushels of wheat.

M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson arrives tomorrow from Fairhaven and Oswego with two coal-laden barges.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston down and up; Caspian down and up; Rideau King for Ottawa this morning; Spartan up tonight.

Craig's wharf: steamers Niagara up last night; Lake Michigan down; Neepawah from Montreal discharged iron pipes; Where Now from Thousand Island Park.

"Marine Observer" writes: "I see that Inspectors Moulther and Chestnut of Oswego, N.Y., would not let the steamer Castanet begin traffic again till the engine room and some other spots were repainted. If those inspectors would get down at the hull of vessels and look them carefully over it would be much better than bothering about a little decoration. These are the inspectors that rate many vessels around here far higher than they should."

p.5 Engage In A Race - steamers New York and St. Lawrence race near Rockport, won by New York.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jul 1904