The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Feb 1906

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p.2 Lipton Cup Here - on display at Kingston for a week; the yacht club of Chicago anxious to have Kingston represented at races for Cup; Toledo, Cleveland, Monroe, Detroit, Alpena, Bay City, Chicago, Milwaukee already entered. (1/2 column)

Feb. 5, 1906

p.4 Pith of the News - The new steamer of the Toronto Ferry company will be called the Blue Bell.

p.5 Sailors' Snug Harbor - run by Mr. Potter, the sailor's missionary.

Feb. 6, 1906



Sarnia, Ont., Feb. 6th - The Northern Navigation company, which operates between Duluth and Sarnia, has leased a grain elevator of 500,000 bushels capacity. The boats of the company are engaged in passenger, as well as freight traffic, and the elevator will be of much advantage to prevent delays when one of the ships has grain to deliver.

The Port Huron and Duluth Steamship company, which operates boats between Duluth and Sarnia, and which is controlled by the Grand Trunk road, has purchased the merchandise steamer Russia. This vessel and the Wyoming have constituted the line for the past two years, but the boats were merely under charter. The company either will purchase or charter another vessel to run with the Russia the coming season. The Russia is an iron boat, built at Buffalo in 1872.

A Veteran Sailor Dead - Sombra, Ont., Feb. 6th - Capt. Joseph Stover, a veteran sailor of the lakes, dropped dead in Marine City, Mich., yesterday. Capt. Stover was seventy years of age and had resided in Sombra nearly all his life. He leaves two sons and three daughters.


Ice Boating.

Since the zero weather set in, on Friday, and now that six to eight inch ice extends down the river and up the lake as far as eye can reach, ice boating has received an impetous. Two of the island boats were the first on the ice this year, coming across to the city on Saturday, but now the enthusiasts are bending and turning up their boats in general for a spin before the breeze. Howard S. Folger was fitting up his little beauty, Snow Cloud, today, and several others were getting busy. There are about fifty boats all told in Kingston, including those of the yacht club, R.M.C. and Portsmouth ice yachtsmen. There were no races held last year, owing to the great quantities of snow, but if ice and weather conditions hold good, it is likely some races will be pulled off within the coming fortnight.

To Decide Issue.

This evening the yacht club will meet to decide upon its future course - whether to purchase the property it is now on or move to the Robinson site west of Macdonald park. Both plans have supporters, and it may be that the club will yet decide to remain where it is, enlarge its quarters and build a large pier.

The Yacht Club's Offer.

The Yacht Club will offer the Cameron estate $12,000 for its property between Maitland and Simcoe streets. If the offer is not accepted, then the club will move to the property west of Macdonald park. The first price asked for the Cameron estate property was $20,000. The place consists of a waterfront, a boat building yard and three houses.

Kingston Yacht Club Association.

At a meeting of the Kingston Yacht Club Association, last night, the bylaw to increase the capital stock for the construction of another building for the association, etc., was passed. A meeting of the Yacht Club will be held tonight, to decide whether or not to move their present home.



The Marine Review reports that the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company, Montreal, has let the contract for a twin-screw passenger steamer for the St. Lawrence Rapids' line, to be 240 feet over all, 41 ft. beam at main deck, 43 ft. beam over wales, and 6 ft. draught. She will have ninety-four staterooms, four parlors and two bathrooms. Her speed will be eighteen miles an hour. The promenade deck will have forward a larger observation space for passengers, and behind this a cabin for sheltering passengers in stormy weather. The space then to the stern will be devoted almost entirely to stateroom accommodation. The hurricane deck will be entirely open, with staterooms, and will be used as an observation room when running the rapids. The hurricane deck will be extended to the stern and be covered with a light awning roof. The steamer is expected to go into service during the coming season. She will be built by the Canadian Shipbuilding company, Toronto. The Richelieu line is arranging also for a sister boat to the magnificent Montreal, for the Quebec route, and for another steamer for the Hamilton line.

p.7 Appreciated The Steamer - Stella, Feb. 5th - The oldest inhabitants of the island do not remember navigation being open so late as it has been this year. On Jan. 31st the steamer Wolfe Islander made a trip to Stella; there was about seventy passengers, besides a lot of freight. All who took in the trip to Kingston were pleased, and many thanks to the officers of the steamer, and also the Wolfe Island council, for sending their steamer here. We expected that the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Steamboat company would send a boat, but they failed to do so.


Contracts have been let to the American Shipbuilding company for the construction of three vessels for the Weston Transit company, which was incorporated at Albany two days ago with Charles Weston of New York, and H.M. Mills of Tonawanda Iron & Steel company, as principal stockholders.

The contract price is $1,500,000, and the boats are to be delivered by April 1st, 1907. Each will be 605 feet long, and sixty feet wide, with a capacity of nearly 13,000 tons on a draught of nineteen feet. They will be thirty-six feet longer than the largest vessels on the great lakes, although there are four 600-footers now being built, and two of 602 feet. The construction of the boats will take place at the Loraine yards of the shipbuilding company.

p.8 The steamer Hodgson has solved the problem of winter navigation of the Georgian bay, having made the trip from Wiarton to Lion's Head with a freight cargo and return, though she had to cut through four inches of ice to reach her dock.

Incidents of the Day - The schooner Queen of the Lakes and the steambarge Navajo are now undergoing repairs at Richardsons' wharf.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Feb 1906