p.1 Passing of the Whalebacks - Sault Ste. Marie, Feb. 23rd - The whalebacks which were so numerous on St. Mary's River and the upper lakes during the past ten years in the transportation of iron ore will soon be things of the past. The Pittsburg Steamship company has finally disposed of all the whalebacks of the steel corporation's fleet of vessels on the great lakes. They are to be taken to the coast and will be placed in the coast trade between various Atlantic ports. Four barges had been previously sold, so that the total fleet of whalebacks now disposed of is sixteen.
Hamilton, Feb. 23rd - Although it will be some weeks before navigation opens, boat owners here are already preparing for the season by selecting officers and crews for their boats, and getting everything in first class shape. The Montreal & Lake Superior company is particularly active. Two of their boats, the Wacondah, which has wintered at Hamilton, and the Neepawah, at Port Arthur, are being equipped with friction hoisting gear.
The company has appointed captains and chief engineers of its boats as follows:
Wacondah - Captain H. Zealand; chief engineer, J. Weather.
Neepawah - Captain O. Pattenaude; chief engineer, James Smeaton.
Donacodah (sic) - Captain J. Maudsley; chief engineer, J. Duigid.
Arabian - Captain J.V. Trowell; chief engineer, J. Cunningham.
Lake Michigan - Captain J.H. Fitzgerald.
Strathcona - Captain John Irving; chief engineer, J. Harmon.
The captain and chief engineer of the J.H. Pellatt have not been appointed yet.
Estes Becomes Commander - Alexandria Bay, Feb. 23rd - Capt. Byron J. Estes to captain M.J. Lawrence's yacht when she returns to St. Lawrence River from Florida.
Feb. 24, 1905