The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Mar 1906

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p.2 A Fine Landing Place - The new wharf office and waiting room of James Swift & Co. is just about complete, and will be a great convenience to the travelling public. The waiting-room was a long felt need. The new offices, waiting-room, luggage-room and freight shed are under one roof, the building being of good dimensions. The interior of the former is elaborately finished and furnished. In the waiting-room the large settee of the British-American office is one of the pieces of furniture. Twenty-five feet square is the size of the public room. In the west corner, a news counter will be placed for the convenience of the passengers of the many steamers that will land at Swift's wharf during the coming season. The planking of the wharf is to be mostly renewed, and the surroundings kept tidy. A parcel delivery is to be established. The company generates its own electricity and will put in an arc light at the end of the building, and about a hundred incandescent lights around it, thus illuminating the wharf from end to end. Swift & Co. will thus have the finest landing place on the river or the lake.

The Calvin company's new tug Chieftain will be ready by the end of May. It is being built at Garden Island. The old Chieftain will be put into the marine graveyard.

p.5 A Marine Petition - Capt. Jenkins, secretary of the St. Catharines branch of the Masters and Mates Association, is in town for the purpose of circulating among the local marine men, a petition to the government to retain the gas pipes in the Welland Canal. Electricity is now being installed in the canal and it is proposed to take out the gas pipes. Sailors and transportation men feel this is a bad idea for, should, at any time the electricity give out, the gas pressure being turned off, the canal would be in darkness. This happened, last year, at Soulanges canal, and navigation was somewhat hindered. This movement is meeting with great favor in Kingston and the petition has been largely signed.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - William Collins has left for Hamilton to fit out the steamer Wahcondah, on which he will be mate for the coming season.

In the absence of Capt. Thomas Donnelly, the marine school class last evening was conducted by Capt. A.H. Malone and Capt. William Tulloch, who spoke on "Cross-bearings."

Masters and Mates' Offerings - The Masters and Mates Association sent a floral offering in the shape of a steamer's steering wheel, to be placed on the bier of the late Capt. Webster Augustus. The members of the association will attend the funeral in a body on Monday.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Mar 1906