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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Jul 1907

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Royal Lines Hustling To Secure Passengers.

As the season advances the Visger and Folger system of island ramble trips are getting at loggerheads over the carrying of passengers, writes a Watertown, N.Y., Standard correspondent.

Capt. Visger has sent broadcast over the river resorts thousands of hand bills, telling of the fine trip aboard his boats and pointing out that the boats of the other line prohibit seeing the islands on account of their size.

The Folger people are distributing dodgers announcing that the only way to see the islands is aboard the fast observation steamers, and warn the public "not to be misled by the advertisements of small yachts which use big type to advertise a short trip through a few narrow channels." "You cannot see the islands to advantage from a low deck near the water," concludes the hand bill.

Both lines are going to the extremity of carrying passengers free of charge to secure business. Since the railroad people at Clayton refused the Visger line dock room, the resourceful owner has ordered both his boats to pass near the dock, and through a giant megaphone he tells of the best way to see the islands. The Folgers went one better by putting ticket agents aboard every one of their boats to drum up business for the island ramble on the steamer New Island Wanderer.

Warning To Yacht Owners.

Owners of gasoline yachts down the river are going to get into trouble if they continue carrying passengers without government inspection. The law requires that such boats must conform to a certain standard. Most of them do not, and yet passengers are being carried when they have no right to be. Some customs officers, outside of Kingston, are likely to get into trouble of their negligence in allowing uninspected yachts to engage in the passenger trade between river points. The marine law aims at the protection of the public, and little boats not properly equipped or sufficiently manned should not be allowed to risk the lives of the people.

Marine Notes.

The M.T. company's barge Quebec is at Swift's with a load of hay.

The schooner Ford River is unloading coal at the M.T. company's slip.

The steamer Missisquoi made its regular trip up the river yesterday, and carried quite a large number of passengers.

Swift's: steamer Hamilton up last night; steamer Toronto down and up today; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa; steamer Caspian down and up; steamer Rideau Queen down tonight from Ottawa; steamer Dundurn down this morning.

M.T. Co.: The tug Bronson cleared for Montreal with three grain laden barges; the steamer Thacker cleared for Buffalo; the steamer Fairmount and consorts Quebec and Melrose cleared for Fort William; the steamer Jessie Spalding cleared for the upper lakes; the steamer Advance passed down, on her way from Fort William to Montreal with grain; the steamer Stormount passed down on her way to Sydney.

p.4 Is Kathleen Faster ? - Kingston boat didn't get a chance to be tested before the match.

Thanks of Watertown Club - for treatment at Picton and Kingston. [Watertown, N.Y., Standard]

p.5 The Stranded Bavarian - Quebec, July 30th - men at work on Bavarian where it was placed last fall at Indian Cove.

p.8 Pith of the News - The tug Bennett, with a wrecking outfit, left Sturgeon Bay, Wis., on Tuesday night, to raise the steamer Packard, sunk a year ago in Pigeon Bay, Lake Erie, between Pelee Island and the Canadian mainland.

A Veteran Captain Dead - Detroit, Mich., July 31st - Capt. Louis Charbonneau, 73 years of age, one of the oldest of the upper lake captains, is dead at Mount Clemens. He was born in Quebec and came to Mount Clemens in his youth......

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Jul 1907