The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Aug 1904

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Wolfe Island, Aug. 4th - To the Editor:

As a summer visitor to Wolfe Island for several years, I should like to congratulate that township on having, at length, a ferry service at hours convenient for tourists. For the first time in years we can arrive at Kingston by afternoon train or boat, and yet reach our destination on Wolfe Island the same day. Another convenience is that now we can spend any afternoon in visiting points of interest in Kingston, instead of during the heated rush of an hour or two, as formerly. Nor are tourists discriminated against in the exasperating and mistaken way some companies affect. Last summer I was required to pay a dollar on a crowded twenty-five cent excursion to Clayton because, as the ticket agent told me, I was a "tourist" and not a resident.

The little island at Toronto, that is today such a pleasant resort, and summer home for thousands of her citizens, is not to be compared in beauty, health, or variety to Wolfe Island, right at the doors of Kingston. And yet because of the lack of proper and common sense ferry service in the past, the citizens of Kingston have not made use of it. But now that business men can get back and forth outside of business hours, there is nothing to prevent hundreds of families having the delight and change of a summer outing, without any extravagant expense.

But no doubt in time property on Wolfe Island will increase in value as more and more summer homes are built; an excellent home market for cream, milk, butter, eggs, fruit and poultry will be found, and Wolfe Island will be to Kingston, what Toronto Island is to Toronto, the Beach to Hamilton or Charlotte to Rochester.



Craig's wharf: steamers Melbourne up last night; Niagara and Waterlily up tonight.

Swift's wharf - steamers Kingston down and up; North King down and up; Rideau King up to Ottawa; Hamilton down.

The schoon Collier which ran aground at Oak Point, on Wednesday night, was successfully released last evening by the Calvin company. After putting the pumps to work on the Collier, the steamer Chieftain found no difficulty in pulling her off the bottom. Though but slightly damaged, the vessel will be put into Davis' dry dock for repairs.



Given An Ovation On Thursday Evening.

Wolfe Island, Aug. 2nd - The Wolfe Island steamer Thomas Fawcett, arrived on Thursday evening, and upon her arrival an ovation was tendered the reeve, to whom the credit is due, with the able assistance of the council, for the new boat. The islanders are well pleased with her appearance, and as a gentleman well up in the marine circle states, upon looking her over, there was but one mistake about her and that was that the Islanders did not have her twenty years ago. This remark appears to be true. Her first days receipts, Saturday, amounted to $65, Sunday $20, which goes to prove that the boat will be a paying one, to say nothing of the accommodation that the people will have. The 6:30 p.m. trip leaving the city is admitted by every one to be a great benefit, as is also the 8 a.m. trip leaving the island. The literary society held a meeting on Saturday evening, and donated to Reeve Fawcett some hundred chairs and $20 in cash for the boat, and also donated him for his own personal use, a beautiful hanging lamp. Mrs. E.J. Baker has very generously offered to furnish paint and oil to finish painting her. Rev. T.J. Spratt has offered to change the whistle on her as it is a very shrill one. Workmen will be engaged at once to complete her. It is stated that Mrs. William Henderson will be the cook on her. George Keys will act as treasurer and bank all monies made by the boat. The township have the utmost confidence in the integrity of the above gentleman. Her supplies will be furnished by Mrs. James Davis. It is also stated that the company now carrying the mail have been inquiring from the reeve if the Fawcett would carry it. The Jessie Bain has been carrying it for the past few days.

p.6 Knapp's Roller Boat To Be Lengthened - Ogdensburg, N.Y., Aug. 5th - The world-famous "Knapp roller boat" has arrived in Prescott, after having been towed to that port from Montreal. The craft is bound for Toronto, and it is expected that she will reach that city in tow of the tug boat Spray some time Saturday. The ship will be lengthened at both ends and for this purpose will be placed in the drydock in Toronto.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Aug 1904