The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1906

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For many there is a fascination about Swift's wharf, late during the afternoon, and yesterday it was particularly a scene of bustle and animation.

The steamer Caspian returned in good time from the islands, discharging a big crowd of Kingstonians, who had made the ever popular trip down the river. The steamer Kingston, the pride of the R. & O. fleet, running into the old Limestone City, made an half hour call and further adding to the splendid marine picture, was the arrival of the new propellor Dundurn of the Hamilton-Montreal Navigation company. She was west-bound from Montreal to Hamilton, on her initial trip. The Dundurn was nearly sixteen hours late, having met with a breakdown to her engine, which necessitated repairs before proceeding. She is a fine-looking craft. Still a fourth vessel should have whistled, the Iroquois, but she met with an accident, her steering gear becoming displaced, and was unable to leave Lewiston for her trip to Alexandria Bay. It is expected she will be laid up until Saturday. So within an hour many thousands of dollars of marine interest had centred itself.

Heavy River Traffic.

"This has been a far heavier season on the river than last," declared one of the crew of the steamer Kingston, "and our passenger traffic out of Toronto to the Islands has been exceedingly large. Every morning we carry down several hundred passengers, who remain over at least a few days, but then as the season is such a comparatively short one, the company is up against the proposition of making hay while the sun shines."

Steamboat men judging from the present run of business and the predictions for even hotter days to come are of the opinion that the last week of this month and first two of August will smash all records for Thousand Island traffic.

Portsmouth Harbor.

Portsmouth harbor since the old sunken barges have been removed now presents a nice clean open haven. Part of an old hull is yet visible near the bridge, and when this has been raised , the stirring little suburb will possess a first-class storm shelter. The council have been energetic in having the other old boats taken from the waters and will doubtless see that the remaining danger to navigation is soon taken away.

Accident On Dock Averted - steamer Kingston's whistle startled a carting horse, which shied and crushed several people against a wall; it was caught before damage was done.

Marine Notes.

The tug Frontenac today loaded withes for rafting purposes at Garden Island.

The steambarge Waterlily, freight, from Montreal to Picton, passed up this morning.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived last night from Sodus, with coal for the government dry dock.

There will be another new passenger steamboat, a companion to the steamer Iroquois, on the St. Lawrence river next year, it is announced by President Wheeler of the St. Lawrence and Niagara Transportation company.

M.T. Co.:steamer Newmount, from Fort William, with 55,500 bushels of wheat; tug Emerson from Charlotte with two coal barges, clearing for Montreal with three grain barges; tug Glide from Montreal with three light barges, returning with three grain-laden barges; steamer Newmount cleared for Fort William.

Rates Are Cut.

A rate war between the Folger and Visger lines has begun. Capt. Visger started the fun by putting the Castanet on the New Island Wanderer's route among the Islands. Manager Folger has cut the fare for this, formerly fifty cents, to twenty-five cents, and the America is advertised to carry passengers from Clayton to Kingston and return, on Saturday, for a quarter. The Visgers so far maintain the fifty cent rate and say they won't drop.

p.8 The yacht Lagonda, from Chicago, with a party, was in port last night.

The sloop Granger brought in a load of sand, this morning, from Wolfe Island, and is unloading at the G.T.R. wharf.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1906