The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Apr 1905

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p.2 An Excellent Site - Folger and Robinson properties being considered for Kingston Yacht Club.

The Day's Episodes - Kingston steamboat men are on the move to join their various crafts. Walter Hazlett has joined the Columbian, at Sorel, and Andrew Kennedy, chief engineer, James Noble and William Symonds left for Detroit, last night, to join the steambarge Tecumseh.


The steamer Islander got down the river to Clayton on Sunday.

The United States channel from Ogdensburg to Cape Vincent is clear of ice.

It was by going down the north side of Howe Island that the Islander managed to reach Clayton yesterday.

The Calvin tugs Johnston and Frontenac started down the river yesterday afternoon, but were blocked by the ice jam.

The Rideau Lakes Navigation company has a lease of all the wharves between Kingston and Ottawa, the franchise being for a period of five years.

The steambarge Navajo, which came up from Prescott, is undergoing a partial rebuild, as a result of the fire which damaged her upperworks early in the winter.

The steamer New Island Wanderer made an attempt yesterday to get to Cape Vincent, via the river, but was unsuccessful, and returned at eight o'clock last evening.

Senator Fulford's steam yacht, the Magedoma, is being fitted out for the season at Brockville. Engineer O'Neill has charge of the work. Capt. "Pont" Malette will be in command the coming season.

The schooner Katie Eccles, owned last season by Capt. James Dougherty, was purchased recently by Capt. Frank Barnhart, who in turn disposed of it to Capt. Alex Foote, who will navigate her this season.

The steamer Corsican was unable to start on her trip for Toronto, yesterday, as had been expected. She made the start, but encountered a heavy bridge of ice out near the lighthouse and was forced to turn back.

Capt. John Woods, Port Dalhousie, and Donald McGillivray and Thomas Cooper, Kingston, spent a week at Goderich preparing the steamer Rosemount for her first trip to Fort William. She has set out on the trip.

Yesterday the tug Emerson went up the harbor as far as Stella, ploughing through much ice. It was found that for miles out on the lake the ice was very thick, and no possibility of getting through unless a strong northeast wind arose.

The steamer New Island Wanderer started for Cape Vincent at six o'clock this morning, but could get only within half a mile of the foot of Wolfe Island, where the ice is quite thick. Capt. Allen says that this cold weather is stiffening the ice to a considerable extent. The first mild day that comes he expects to get the Wanderer through. No further attempt was to be made today.

A great field of ice is reported at the foot of the lake off Cape Vincent. Observers report that it stretches as far as the eye can reach and shows no immediate sign of breaking up. A strong northeast gale will be required to break the field and drive it back up the lake. As long as this ice remains at the foot of the lake there will be no possibility of an early opening of river and lake navigation.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Apr 1905