The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Apr 1907

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The schooner Clara Youell will clear for Oswego on Saturday, for coal, for Kingston.

The schooner Acacia will clear for Charlotte, just as soon as the ice is broken around Nine Mile Point. The vessel had been loaded all winter with feldspar.

Toronto News - Where is the wrecked barge Resolute? That is the question that has baffled the crew of one of Haynes' tugs which has been searching vainly to locate the place where the vessel sank. The tug has been employed on this task since last Saturday, but up to the present the search has proven vain.

The harbor resembled a large mill pond this morning. There was not a ripple on the water and though a little ice is still floating about it, the last remains of a hard winter will soon be gone. Mariners say that the horizon is further off at this season of the year than at any other, and many tales are told of vessels of all descriptions, steering clear of objects that are reflected right under the bows when really the object is any distance up to three miles away.

The Welland canal will be opened on April 15th, and it is expected that the M.T. company's fleet will leave on their first trip up the lakes on the 13th. Mariners are not necessarily a superstitious crowd, but no vessel ever makes her initial trip on Friday. In this respect they all agree and it is said that to launch or christen a vessel on Friday, is a sure sign of impending disaster.



Picton, April 4th - The harbor this week has been the scene of marked activity. The ice has been breaking up until the numerous vessels which spent the winter in the middle of the channel are now all moored at the docks. The bay below the ways, as far as eye can see towards Deseronto and past Glenora, is open. It is expected that a boat will formerly open navigation into Picton within a few days. The work of fitting out the vessels for the season has kept employed a large number of men. Many improvements have been made. Particularly has this been the case with the vessels of the Hepburn fleet. Several thousand dollars have been spent. The steamer Alexandria, which has been on the ways since last fall, has been materially strengthened and improved in hull and upper part. Thoroughly painted she will present her usual spick and span appearance on her first trip. Her officers for the coming season will include: Capt. E.B. Smith; pilot, Joseph Renfret, St. Zotique, Que.; purser, Charles Wilson; assistant, John Bongard, Cressy; steward, Howard Vandusen; engineer, T.J. Milne, Kingston; assistant, Spencer Thurston. The steambarges Lloyd S. Porter, Aberdeen and Waterlily will, this year, have bulwarks red and uppers black, instead of green, as formerly. The str. Niagara may, this year, be used as a freight carrier between Brighton and Montreal.

It is rumored that the Hepburns will purchase a new steamer for the St. Lawrence passenger trade, and it is said that the Rathbuns, of Deseronto, this year, will not run a steamer twice daily between Picton and Deseronto as in former years.

p.5 To Take Over New York - The St. Lawrence River Steamboat company received word this morning, that George Becking, of the Bay Steamboat company, which recently purchased the steamer New York from the Folgers, would arrive in the city, tomorrow morning, to take charge of the steamer. She will be refitted new and taken to Sandusky, Ohio, for the summer traffic.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Apr 1907