The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jul 1907

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Gage Island Is Simcoe Island.

Last week the Toronto Telegram, in referring to the establishment of a lighthouse on "Isle au Foret" or Gage Island, near Kingston, concluded that Snake Island was likely the spot. This assumption is not correct, however. A Whig representative made a search in the Frontenac county registry office, regarding the title of Gage Island, and found the name to be none other than Simcoe Island, and that the place where the lighthouse was ordered was the well-known Nine Mile Point. This fact was very clear on a perusal of a couple of the documents.

The first entry on Registrar Thompson's books concerning Gage Island, was made in 1829, when the crown granted the island to Hon. C.W. Grant and Julia Leslie, reserving five acres for a lighthouse. In 1864 a plan came into force calling the island Simcoe Island, which name the island was known by before 1829.

In a deed of 1833, conveying the island, the following appears in the land description: ...."Reserving from the same, five acres at the south westerly end of said island, at a place commonly called Nine Mile Point, for the purpose of erecting a lighthouse thereon, the said five acres to be chosen and laid out by the commissioners appointed to erect said lighthouse under an act of the provincial parliament passed in the third year of the reign of King William IV."

This is the lighthouse that was ordered built in 1803 "upon Isle Forest, situate about three leagues from the town of Kingston, in the Midland district." The place commonly known as Nine Mile Point, where the lighthouse stands, is just six and three quarter miles above Kingston. Snake Island is where the Four Mile Point light is situated.

Marine Notes.

Crawford's: steamer Missisquoi from Rockport and river points.

Richardson's: steamer Glengarry cleared for Montreal with corn; sloop Pilot from Wolfe Island with oats.

M.T. Co.: steamer Advance cleared for Fort William last night; steamer Stormount cleared today for Fort William.

Swift's: steamer Toronto down and up; steamer North King from Charlotte; schooner Clara with coal from Sodus; steamer Picton up today; steamer Hinckley, from Oswego.

A Lad Drowned - Capt. Donnelly sent diving outfit and diver Thomas Clarke to Washburn to recover body.

p.4 Gananoque, July 11th - The coal schooner Briton is unloading at Gillies wharf in the creek. The grain schooner Maggie L. having unloaded her cargo for the mill here, at the town wharf in the bay, left yesterday for the west. The schooner Theo. Voges, with coal, arrived at the Rathbun dock yesterday.

Sir Robert Peel - Thousand Island Park, July 10th - movement to form Sir Robert Peel Association to raise sunken boat and put it on display; several years ago local parties dragged and brought up one of the anchors.

p.8 To Go Into Dock - The steamer Cayuga, of the Niagara River Navigation company's line, is on her way to Kingston, to enter the government dry dock.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jul 1907