The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Dec 1906

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - It is said that the consideration received for the steamer New York was $20,000 and another boat.

Close of Navigation - Navigation has closed at this port earlier than usual this winter. It was February 2nd, 1906 before the Cape Vincent steamer was frozen in last winter. That was unusually late. In 1903 navigation closed on December 29th, four days later than this year, and passage to the islands was by foot and ice boat. In 1902, the boat ceased running on January 22nd, and in 1901 on January 19th. It is preferable that the harbor should not freeze over until after New Year's day, so as to allow the steamer to carry the holiday homecomers, who are seriously handicapped by the present conditions.

Dec. 29, 1906

p.5 News of the World - The car ferry Ashtabula, in making Port Burwell, Ont., harbor, on Thursday, grounded at the entrance. Tugs from Cleveland were successful in getting her off. No damage sustained.

p.8 Ice Boat Service - The ice boat service between Kingston and Cape Vincent is better this season than in some years. There are in all eight boats on the route, four at Kingston and four at Cape Vincent. Under favorable conditions the trip is made in quicker time than on the steamers.

Dec. 31, 1906



There Will Be Activity In Marine Circles.

Picton, Dec. 29th - The present anticipation is for an unusually busy winter for workers on the boats. The Hepburn Bros.' fleet is all in the harbor, and on nearly every vessel something is being started to put her in readiness for the opening of navigation. The most extensive repairs will be made on the steambarge Aberdeen. She is to have part of a new hull and new upper decks.

The steamer Alexandria is on the ways having gone on at the close of navigation for a few repairs to her hull, and being unable to reach the upper portion of the harbor before the ice froze solid. As soon as possible with the opening of spring the Aberdeen will take the Alexandria's place.

T.J. Thompson, Kingston, inspector of boilers, has been up on his duties and what his inspection found will be given the attention of the repairers.

Thomas Milne, chief engineer of the Hepburn fleet, is at present at his home in Kingston, but is expected in town by the middle of next week to commence work with his men on the engines and boilers of the several steambarges.

p.8 Pith of the News - The steamer W.B. Kerr, the first of three boats being built for the Western Transit company, has been launched at the South Chicago yards. The Kerr is at present the largest boat on the great lakes.

The Latest Arrival - The genial Capt. Irwin is the latest arrival in from the great lakes, and he was given a warm welcome by the members of the Masters' and Mates' Association at their club room. Capt. Booth had everything shipshape for his messmates. All the members of the association will soon be home, and then one will hear many thrilling incidents and details of the great storms this fall.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Dec 1906