The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jul 1905

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p.2 Mail Line in 1845 - poster owned by Gildersleeve was printed in Athenaeum office in Kingston, showing ad for Mail Line in 1845; gives schedule for steamers Highlander, Canada and Gildersleeve from Kingston to Coteau du Lac, where it connects with a stage to Cascades, and then steamer Chieftain to Montreal.


Craig's wharf: propeller Melbourne up last night; propeller Persia down this morning.

The S.S. Rosemount and consort Minnedosa arrived this morning from Fort William with about 100,000 bushels of wheat and barley for the Richardsons.

M.T. company wharf: tug Glide from Cape Vincent with one light barge; tug Emerson from Charlotte with two coal-laden barges, and cleared down with those and two grain-laden barges.

Swift's: steamer Kingston down; steamer North King from Charlotte; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa; steamer J.H. Plummer up; steamer Belleville down this afternoon; steamer Hamilton up last night; schooner Voges from Oswego; schooner Clara Youell for Oswego.

Fine Steam Houseboat - In port yesterday afternoon was a very fine steam houseboat called the Roxanna, which came to Swift's wharf. It is owned by J.W. Gates, financier, of Wall street, New York, who, with a few friends, were aboard. The boat is 112 feet long and has a draught of three feet. It is steel plated and finished in mahogany. For luxuriance, the like of it has never been seen here before. The Roxanna was built in Chicago, and went down the Illinois and Mississippi, going out at New Orleans, and thence coming north to New York, where the Gates family boarded it and came up through the gulf and river St. Lawrence to Kingston, to see friends who summer around here and at the Thousand Islands. Today the Roxanna went down to Montreal, but will return here next month.

War of Cut Rates - half price on river steamers of Capt. Visger's Steamboat line and Thousand Island Steamboat line.

"....The steamer New York of the Thousand Island Steamboat company will be placed in commission the last of this week and used as a special excursion boat the remainder of the season. The New York has been inspected by American and Canadian officials and besides being completely refitted has been equipped with $1,500 of new life preservers.

The yacht Ramona, which was placed in dry dock last week for repairs, has started her regular schedule again.

Sea Serpentish Flavor.

The nearest thing to a Lake Ontario sea serpent story so far noticed this season is the following which bears the seal of approval of the Monroe county Mail, published at Fairport, a thriving part of the Erie waterway:

"There are seals in Lake Ontario. A few days ago a large seal was seen in the water near Campbell Point in Henderson Harbor. It was diving and reappearing at short intervals and a party in a launch were able to approach to a point within ten rods of it. Last week a seal was seen near Sackett's Harbor. Several years ago a number of seals escaped at Watertown and got into the river and made their way to the lake. Several have been killed, but there are a number still at liberty."

Lookouts have been posted by Manager Collins of Ontario Beach, and Excursion Manager Morgan of the Manitou line, and it is expected seals or something equally interesting will soon be sighted nearer to Rochester than Henderson or Sackett's Harbor.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jul 1905