The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Dec 1906

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p.1 Wolfe Island, Dec. 22nd - ....The steamboat got to the village again this week and took out pressed straw. The sloop Laura D., of Kingston, loaded hay at Mr. Livingston's wharf on Tuesday. Capt. Sudds said he would have to put skates on her to get out.

p.2 Beats The Record - The record of Mayor Mowat, for taking cold baths, has been beaten. Capt. Mack Shaw, of the schooner Bertha Calkins, on Saturday, took a ducking off that schooner, which is laid up for the winter near Soward's, and is thus entitled to the honors. However, it must be stated that the genial captain did not intend to take the bath. Accompanied by others he was engaged in doing some work about the vessel when he had the misfortune to slip off into the icy water. He is now being congratulated by his many friends upon the record he has made for himself.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The harbor is again coated with a cover of about two inches of ice. The ferry experienced some difficulty in reaching the island this morning.

The steamer New Island Wanderer, which left for Cape Vincent at 11:30 o'clock this morning, carried a large crowd, although the big rush was on Saturday.

Dec. 26, 1906

p.2 No One To Blame - Commander Spain, in his report regarding the investigation of the wreck of the steambarge Resolute, finds that the barge was in a seaworthy condition and well equipped, that the officers were all fully qualified, excepting First Mate Haney, and that all reasonable measures were taken to save the vessel.

The Day's Episodes - The Globe of Dec. 26th, 1856, a half-century ago, reported that the schooner Lennox, which left Kingston three weeks previously, for Toronto, was abandoned as lost, with twelve persons on board.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - Navigation to Cape Vincent is now closed. The steamer Pierrepont made the last trip on Monday. The steamers New Island Wanderer, America and Pierrepont have laid up for the winter at Folger's dock.

Dec. 27, 1906

p.2 Building More Boats - The Montreal Transportation company has decided on extensive additions to its fleet of steamers on the great lakes and canals of Canada. An order has been placed with a Clyde shipbuilding firm, for the construction of two large steamships, which, it is expected, will be ready for the service in May next. Several of the other boats in use by the company are to receive a thorough overhauling during the winter season. Capt. Robert Fraser, the outside manager of the company, in this city, will leave for England with his wife, in February, to oversee the construction of the vessels.

p.8 More Vessels Than Ever - A marine man said this morning, that there were more vessels in winter quarters here than ever before. Kingston's sheltered harbor and the two dry docks are accountable for the preference shown to Kingston by steamship companies, and each season sees additions to the number of boats that go into winter quarters.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Dec 1906