BUSY WATER SEASON
All The Steamboats Doing Big Business.
The month just passed, June, has been a busy one in steamboat circles, and prospects for the present and coming month of August are highly promising. Freight and passenger traffic have been equally heavy, so far this season, and men interested in river and lake navigation are predicting, from the present outlook, a season, which for rushing business will eclipse all former years.
Many Americans, in the sense of our cousins across the border, do not commence travelling until as a rule until after the Fourth, but now that the day of celebration is over, it may be expected travel will receive an impetus. Already, and for the past week, the river-plying boats have been carrying goodly burdens of human freight.
Edwin E. Horsey, general manager for the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Steamboat company, has just returned from a trip to all the company's assets on the other side, and he told a Whig reporter today the prospects for travel during the sultry months, at present, looked exceedingly bright.
"Our agents can't keep pace with the inquiries from all parts of the United States," he declared. "In fact, we have reservations for staterooms away into August."
June, for the popular steamer North King, never was better, and though the steamer Caspian has practically only gone on her route, she has carried good crowds so far, despite the rains. These two boats of the L.O. & B. of Q. Steamboat company have routes which are bound to remain popular yearly add to the delight of the travel.
An outlook for a bigger business than ever is the feeling expressed by George Bawden, in charge of the local office of the Folger line boats. He gives these substantial reasons: "There are no to let signs in evidence among the Thousand Islands this year, and many new summer homes are being built. It is a prevalent idea all along the river that this season will fairly eclipse all others."
Howard Folger reports from Clayton, that the White Squadron did a record business for the glorious Fourth.
"Has June this year been busier in steamboat circles than a year ago?" J.P. Hanley repeated the question, and replied rather emphatically in the affirmative, speaking on behalf of the several lines for which he has the ticket agency, the Richelieu & Ontario line boats, the Rideau Lakes Navigation company, and the L.O. & B. of Q. Steamboat company. "In our periodical statements to these several companies," he said, "we have not yet shown a decrease from last year. There has been a steadily increasing business over the season 1905."
Mr. Hanley referred to 1898, the record season of the Thousand Islands, until last year. He predicted an even greater summer, this year, and gave as his reason that there were no great expositions to serve as counter attractions. He said the steamers Toronto and Kingston had turned over daily during last month from 200 to 500 passengers.
Freight out of Picton this year has been exceedingly heavy and with the steambarge Waterlily and the steamer Alexandria both in commission, this week, the Hepburn Bros. were unable to carry all their cargoes.
The yacht Sport was in port today from Sport Island.
Tug Emerson has cleared from Charlotte with one coal barge.
The S.S. Rosedale cleared light for Lake Superior, having unloaded grain here.
Sloop Granger with hay from Wolfe Island, is unloading at the G.T.R. wharf.
Swift's wharf: steamer Picton down last night; steamer Belleville up today.
The tug Mary P. Hall has cleared for Montreal with one coal and two grain barges.
Tug Frontenac loaded withes, today, for Garden Island, for rafting purposes. Raft ten, in tow of tug Parthia, left Garden Island last night for Quebec.
T.M. Robertson, last week, launched a speedy motor launch upon which he labored all last winter. It is indeed a neat craft and praise is given the owner on his worthy efforts.
The government light house supply boat was at Crawford's wharf today. This morning early she was at Four Mile Light with supplies and this accounts for the rumor which prevailed about town that a vessel was on the rocks there.
FIREMEN GO ON STRIKE
The steamer Kingston yesterday experienced a strike, seven firemen refusing to go to work and the big R. & O. boat instead of leaving on schedule time from Toronto was delayed until 7 p.m. The captain managed to get men to go firing. She was late in arriving in port, this morning, but left nearly on time for Prescott.
The steamer Aletha arrived in port, at noon, from Cornwall. Yesterday she ran an excursion from there to Ogdensburg. She went on to Belleville to run a moonlight out of there tonight to Deseronto.
Yacht Cheemaun brought a pleasure party from Thousand Islands this afternoon.
The steamer Missisquoi brought a good crowd to port at noon from Brockville. After the 12th, she will run regularly between Rockport and Kingston on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for the summer.
Steamer North King was two hours delayed on her down trip, this morning. She had a large number on board.