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

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p.2 Did Not Occur - yacht race again postponed for lack of wind.


A New Steamer Proposed For Service.

A proposition is being advanced for the building of a fast river boat to run two round trips daily between Ogdensburg and Alexandria Bay. The approximate cost of such a boat would be $40,000. Mayor Hannan, E.A. Newell, E.B. Capron, L.K. Nash, R.J. Donahue and J.C. Tulloch of the Ogdensburg board of trade have interested themselves in the matter. The promoter of the St. Lawrence River Transportation company is Thomas Thurston, boat builder of Alexandria Bay. His plans are to provide a well-appointed steamer with minimum carrying capacity of 500 passengers, built along yacht lines, with a speed of twenty miles an hour and equipped with turbine engines. Homes Bros., owners of the Island Belle, stated their readiness to invest $10,000 in the enterprise.

Had Good Views - passengers on steamer America watched motor boat races at Round Island.

Traffic Is Great.

With the coming and going of river boats and the calling of regular steamers, Swift's wharf presented a busy scene, yesterday. In the morning the steamer Dundurn called en route to Montreal. The steamer City of Montreal passed up, and the steambarge Business, on her way to the upper lakes, called for coal. Owing to her decks being so high over the wharf, and lacking the needed trestle, she had to proceed. The captain said he had ten hours' coal and that would likely run them to Charlotte.

As the afternoon wore on the Sunday crowd took possession of every available space. Beauty was there in all her glory of a white frock and a rose-bedecked bonnet, and her chewing gum. She of the goo-goo eyes was among those present to elicit from an upper deck from a crowd of "shirt waisters," "Hello, girls." See her blush! "Herself" was down to meet "him," working on the boat. Many a fair maid silently bemoaned the fate of a pair of white shoes, in the dust. "When will you be over again, Alice?" floated from the wharf, and before one could hear an answer one heard a frantic mother of four crying out, "Harry, do hurry up; you're breaking that lunch basket." And yet withal it was a merry crowd.

The steamer Belleville had a goodly number on board for Montreal.

The steamer North King had a crowd on her decks which equalled any trip this summer. Nearly 200 Kingstonians had the pleasure of the trip among the islands on this popular steamer.

"The traffic from the islands to the city has commenced," was the comment of one of the crew of the steamer Toronto. Yesterday she carried 364 down the river, among whom were 100 round trippers, and when she passed up there were 350 passengers. This was the record of the summer for an up trip. A basket of chickens, and dead ones at that, held up this floating palace of the lakes for ten minutes. She ran short of provisions, and had to make a Sunday purchase here.

The steamer Rideau Queen arrived from Clayton early in the evening, she having made the trip down Saturday night.

Marine Notes.

The propellor Persia passed up yesterday.

The steamer Aletha made the bay trip today.

The steamer H.P. Bigelow was in port this morning, en route up the Rideau.

The schooner Acacia was put in the government dry dock this morning to be overhauled.

The schooner St. Louis cleared from Crawford's to load coal at Oswego for Toronto. Returning to Erie she will take on a cargo for the local firm.

The steamer Varuna passed up to Trenton this morning, taking home her excursionists whom she took home Friday for the stay among the islands.

The steamer Niagara brought a large crowd down to the city, on Saturday from South Bay ports, and continued down the river. She returned at night.

In the race, on Thursday, between the steamers Caspian and Belleville, the latter had ten minutes' start out of Gananoque, but the boats came into Kingston together. Before Stella was reached the Caspian had a good lead over the Belleville.

M.T. Co.: the steamer John Sharples has cleared for Duluth; the steamer Rosemount and consorts Melrose and Quebec cleared for Fort William; tug Hall and three grain barges cleared for Montreal; steamer Fairmount cleared for Fort William.

p.3 Gananoque, Aug. 20th - The schooner Collier having unloaded her cargo of coal at the Scranton Coal company's sheds, cleared for Oswego on Saturday. The schooner Theodore Voges is unloading soft coal at Taylor and Green's sheds. The canoe camp, on Sugar Island, is now in full blast. W.H. Nicholls' steamyacht Nokomis cruised among the adjacent islands the greater part of the day.

p.5 GOOD NORTH KING - And the Way the Captain Handles His Craft - a humorous "first person" account by a young woman of a trip on the North King on the bay (2/3 column).

p.6 A Young Man Drowned - deckhand Robert Parsley drowned off steamer Belleville at Cressy.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer America brought about 250 excursionists from river points this afternoon. She will make the trip from the islands to Kingston every day this week, with the exception of Friday, for which day the Ogdensburg run is booked. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the steamer will take excursions out of here to Alexandria Bay, intermediate points and return.

The steamer Iroquois had about 1,300 passengers on her Sunday trip, and was forced to leave many expectant ones on the dock at Brockville, while other ports were not even touched at. The company have closed the deal whereby they get the new steamer Chippewa, and they propose building a sister ship to the Iroquois this winter. The vessels will all run on the lake and river route and it is said will enter into serious competition with the R. & O. Navigation company. Kingston will be made a permanent port of call.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1906