The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1907

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - Though yesterday was fine and soft the ice-boating was good and during the afternoon a large number of citizens enjoyed a last ice-boat sail.

Workmen started fitting out the steamer Caspian this morning, under Thomas McEwen, second mate. The steamer will receive a thorough overhauling.

p.5 Wolfe Island, March 18th - .....Mr. Allinson has improved the looks of the harbor very much by removing the hull of the old boat Scotia...

March 19, 1907


Around The Harbor.

The schooner Clara, owned by Captain Doherty, of Belleville, has been purchased by Captain Grantham, of Wolfe Island. The schooner is at present in Belleville. All last season it was involved in carrying coal for Swift.

Richardson & Sons have purchased the schooner Kitchen, from a lumbering firm at Alpena. The schooner is a four-masted vessel, and will be used for carrying feldspar. She is reported as being a fine vessel.

Local marine men are of the opinion that navigation will open about the middle of April. Last year the boats started to run on April 4th, but it is stated that last season the ice was not as thick as this. Last night's freezing tightened up the ice considerably, and made it good for ice boating.

The Richelieu and Ontario Navigation company has made many changes in the management for this season. A noticeable change will be the land stewards at Toronto and Montreal, whose duty it will be to buy all the supplies for the dining room. Thus the duties of the ships' stewards will be greatly lessened.

p.8 Refuse To Repair Wharf - The Donnelly Wrecking company refuses to carry out the water works' committee request to fix the water works' wharf, of which they are the lessees. The lease says that the lessees must repair the wharf when notified, but the Donnelly company says that the wharf is beyond repair, and that it needs to be rebuilt.

Schooner Being Re-rigged - Capt. Blakely, of the three-masted schooner S.J. Dunn (sic - S.H. Dunn ?), lying at Charlotte since November 5th, is preparing to resume the voyage to Toronto which was interrupted last fall by bad weather.

The S.J. Dunn cleared from Fair Haven last November with a cargo of coal for the municipal lighting plant at Toronto, but Capt. Blakely found the weather so rough that he put into the port of Charlotte to wait for clearer skies. The insurance on the boat expired November 5th and the captain was ordered to strip her and put her out of commission for the winter.

Now the captain is working under orders to get away from Charlotte as soon as possible, and it is expected that the schooner will be under canvas again very soon.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1907