The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1907

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It is expected that some of the M.T. company's boats will be running next week.

The schooner Acacia, now loaded with feldspar, may leave tonight or tomorrow for Charlotte.

Arthur O'Leary, late of the K. & P. railway, is at present acting as purser on the steamer Pierrepont.

Capt. Robert Carnegie, of Brockville, who purchased a house in this city recently, will move his household effects here by boat next week.

The Calvin company fleet are being fitted out at Garden Island. The boats have received a thorough overhauling and will leave for upper lake ports on the 11th.

The steamer Wherenow will start on the Gananoque-Clayton route May 1st. Capt. W.J. Daly, of Kingston, will be in charge this year, with John Bedard as mate and "Tom" Timlin engineer.

It is stated in marine circles that an opening for a first-class excursion steamer to take care of the Bay trade is now in sight since several of the older class of boats have retired from the field.

The steamers Brockville and Victoria, of Brockville Navigation company fleet, will come to Kingston in a few days for their annual docking and repairs, and will receive a thorough fitting up.

The Otonabee Navigation company, Peterboro, are building a new excursion steamer for the Rice Lake-Trent Valley canal trade, to be completed in time for the season's business. She is 110 feet long, 24 feet beam, and will have twin screws.

The steamer Kenirving (Capt. Edward Smith, owner,) has been wintering in Davis' dry dock all winter, and has received a thorough overhauling. She is ready to go on the Oswego-Smith's Falls coal route in the coal trade.

Capt. Carnegie, of the steamer Missisquoi, has changed the positions of the boilers and made other changes of importance on his boat, and intends to make things warm for some of the boys this season on the route between Kingston, Gananoque, Rockport and Brockville.

Capt. J.H. Logan, of Waddington, N.Y., who purchased the steamer General W.B. Franklin, of Alexandria Bay, last fall, to run between Massena and Ogdensburg, intends putting on a new and larger steamer this season and is now in Buffalo making a purchase of a suitable boat.

Efforts will be made this spring by Captain Anderson, of the Oswego Life Saving station, to induce the chamber of commerce to assist in securing a new life saving station there. The present one is old and out of date, affording poor quarters for the men who risk themselves to save others.

The steamyacht Winona, owned by General Johnston, who has a summer home among the Thousand Islands, will be towed to Clayton, N.Y., tomorrow, by the steamer Pierrepont. The Winona has wintered at Kingston, and Capt. W. Kendall, who has been here for the past two weeks, has fitted her up for the season.

There is a crying need of a change in the regulations governing small motor boats carrying passengers. One man instead of two to be in charge of boats of twenty-five feet length seeking a passenger license for inland waters and small lakes and rivers. The owers of such craft should get busy and bring about the change if possible.

The new steamer W.B. Kerr, which at the present time is the largest boat on the lakes, has been chartered to load grain at Duluth, for delivery the first trip at Buffalo. That she will establish a new record for grain carrying is said to be certain, as she has been measured and found able to hold 425,000 bushels. The record is now held by the steamer William P. Snyder, with a trifle under 366,000 bushels, made late last fall and loaded at Fort William.

All the freighters that wintered at Kingston will leave on the 13th or 14th of the month for the upper lakes. It looks as if the yearly blockade would occur at the Welland canal as there is a large fleet at this port to get through the locks as early as possible and the other ports on Lake Ontario will all send their quota.

Capt. James Collier, of Picton, owner of the steamer Reindeer, has bought the steamer Dorothy, formerly owned by Capt. Holmes, of Napanee, and built a new and large hull for her machinery, and intends fitting her up for passenger trade to assist in carrying on his increasing business on the bay. The captain is considering seriously putting on a new, larger and better steamer for 1908 to replace the steamer Reindeer.

p.4 Rideau Route - a booklet by Dr. E.J. Lake from press of British Whig; introduction by Capt. Daniel Noonan; an overall map plus enlarged sections; also shows canoe route between Morton and Gananoque.

p.8 Navigation At Buffalo Open - Buffalo, April 6th - Navigation opened here this morning, with the departure of the steamer Francis L. Robbins with coal for Milwaukee. The Robbins is making progress, but it is slow, owing to the heavy ice off this port.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1907