The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Apr 1906

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To Erect Flag Pole.

The British flag was raised by Bradstreet when he captured Fort Frontenac and destroyed the naval supremacy of the French on Lake Ontario, August 27th, 1858. Bradstreet brought 2,800 men from Oswego. He threw up earth batteries from the water's edge on which the K. & P. station now stands to the site of St. Paul's church. To commemorate this historic event of interest to all Ontario, the sailors of Kingston are uniting to erect a flag pole. The

associations of Masters & Mates and Engineers and the Lake Seamen and Marine Firemen's Unions have agreed to offer this for the Frontenac Historical Society. The flag pole will not be erected until the sailors return to port in order that they may all be present when the first flag is raised.

The offer of the sailors is noteworthy for several reasons. The suggestion came from the lake seamen and the marine firemen took the first steps to realize it, but in both unions it was a voluntary offering. The masters and mates and the engineers would not be left out in the cold, and when approached readily consented to unite with the unions that the flag pole might be the gift of all the men connected with the shipping interests. The Frontenac Historical Society is delighted. It takes this unexpected gift as an omen that it will succeed in its effort to mark and restore the various places of interest and give Kingston its rightful fame as one of the most interesting historical places in Upper Canada. It hopes that when the flag pole is erected that the dominion flag will float from it on all days of national significance, and that it may be the beginning of a growth of enthusiasm, for one flag and the principles for which it stands.

This proffered gift is also significent of the growth in public estimation of our sailors. The public schools, the increased intelligence demanded in their calling, the better wages, making possible a higher standard of living, have all tended to improve the status of the sailor and today some of our most intelligent as well as honest men follow the calling of the lakes. Sailors have always been noted for their rough and ready virtues, their courage, presence of mind, in the face of danger, generosity, but democracy in future, will award its plaudits to the men, who through danger and hardship make possible our commerce and home comforts.

The Frontenac Historical Society renders the sailors most hearty thanks for their offer to erect the flag pole, and hopes its erection may be as full of significance to the sailors as to the city and province.



The Appointments Made For The Season.

The M.T. company has made the following appointments:


Advance - Captain, W. Daoust, Montreal; engineer, W. Spencer, Kingston.

Bothnia - Captain, John Doyle, Kingston; engineer, Thomas Hazlett, Kingston.

Bronson - Captain, Charles Martin, Kingston; engineer, George Fleming, Kingston.

Emerson - Captain, James Murray, Kingston; engineer, George Henderson, Kingston.

Fairmount - Captain, P.C. Telfer, Owen Sound; engineer, W. Newbold, Kingston.

Glide - Captain, W. Murphy, Kingston; engineer, L.E. Spencer, Kingston.

Jessie Hall - Captain, Thomas O'Connor, Kingston; engineer, no appointment.

Mary P. Hall - Captain, Thomas Murphy, Kingston; engineer, F.G. Henderson, Kingston.

Rosemount - Captain, John Wood, Port Dalhousie; engineer, R. Taylor, Kingston.

Thomson - Captain, J. Murray, Kingston; engineer, R. Hepburn, Kingston.

Westmount - Captain, Alex. Milligan, St. Catharines; engineer, G. Fryar, Sarnia.

River Barges.

Augustus - Captain, H. Boyer, Montreal.

Alberta - Captain, F. Mallett, Hudson Heights.

Acadia - Captain, Demers Lafoun, Valleyfield.

Brighton - Captain, T. Hebert, Montreal.

Bismarck - Captain, A. Filiatrault, St. Timothee.

Bella - Captain, A. Lavoie, Valleyfield.

Beauport - No appointment.

Condor - Captain, T. Hebert, Jr., St. Henri.

Cherokee - Captain, J. Brunet, Melocheville.

Cornwall - Captain, A. Sommersail, Cascades Point.

Cobourg - Captain, P. Lalonde, Valleyfield.

Dunmore - Captain, Israel Daoust, Montreal.

Dorchester - Captain, Fred. Lalonde, Valleyfield.

Dakota - Captain, M. Chatel, St. Zotique.

Eagle - No appointment.

Huron - Captain, C. Brunet, Melocheville.

Hiawatha - Captain, A. Monette, Valleyfield.

Hector - Captain, A. Monette Sr., Valleyfield, P.Q.

Hilda - Captain, W. Lalonde, Kingston.

Iowa - Captain, W. Leduc, St. Justin Station, P.Q.

Iroquois - Captain, W. Langevin, Valleyfield, P.Q.

Jennie - Captain, A. Gosselin, Cascades Point, P.Q.

John Gaskin - Captain, Moise Moreau, Cedars, P.Q.

Jet - Captain - F. Bellefeuille, Hudson Heights, P.Q.

Kingston - Captain, Alex. Hebert, Montreal.

Kildonan - Captain, C. LeBeuf, Valleyfield, P.Q.

Lapwing - Captain, J. Leduc, Valleyfield.

Montreal - Captain, E. Moreau, Cedars, P.Q.

Muskoka - Captain, Louis Benoit, Valleyfield, P.Q.

Nadine - Captain, Truffle Daoust, Valleyfield.

Princess - Captain, Leonard Leduc, Valleyfield.

Regina - Captain, Oscar Lefebvre, Valleyfield.

Selkirk - Captain, T. Leduc, Kingston.

Thrush - Captain, Jules Hebert, St. Timothee, P.Q.

Valencia - Captain, Max. Lefebvre, Montreal.

Winnipeg - Captain, Nelson Mallett, Cornwall.

Lake Barges.

Hamilton - Captain, James Kirkwood, Kingston.

Melrose - Captain, J. Hurley, Kingston.

Quebec - Captain, R.A. Davey, Kingston.

Marine Intelligence.

Capt. Charles Staley has gone to Owen Sound to fit out a vessel.

It is expected the steamer Aletha will commence her run to Picton April 14th.

The steamer New Island Wanderer entered the government dry dock, this morning, for general repairs.

The steamer Caspian, last night, came out of the dry dock, where she has been all winter undergoing repairs.

The steamer Neepawah, which came from Toronto to enter the government dry dock will have to wait till the steamer Advance comes out.

The steamer State of New York, wanted for Island uses, has been chartered by a Buffalo concern to cover the Buffalo-Crystal Beach route.

The steamer Advance, of the M.T. company, will enter the government dry dock on Monday for repairs, the steamer Caspian, which has been there all winter, being completed.

The steambarge Navajo is loading feldspar at Richardsons' wharf, and will clear for Charlotte on Monday.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes will load feldspar for Charlotte, next week.

The steambarges Aberdeen and Waterlily, of the Hepburn fleet, Picton, have undergone material repairs and improvements to engines this winter. The former has had installed a new boiler. The work has been under the general supervision of T.J.S. Milne, chief engineer of the Hepburn boats.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - It was nearly eleven o'clock this morning, when the ferry steamer Wolfe Islander arrived over with the islanders. She got stuck in the ice in the bay, the wind having blown a quantity down in that direction. There was great disappointment as a result.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Apr 1906