The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jul 1908

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Will Be Built By Capt. Roys.

Capt. Roys, of the steamer Aletha, has had a most busy season. In fact, he has had more requests for excursions than he could book. The Aletha has been plying in Bay of Quinte waters a great deal this season, with an occasional trip down the St. Lawrence. The genial skipper has had large crowds, too, on every excursion. "Belleville is a great excursion centre," he told the Whig on Monday. "Three boats took excursions out of that city one day last week, and still there were scores of people left on the dock. Each boat had its full complement of passengers."

"This winter," declared Capt. Roys, "I am going to build a larger boat. It will be constructed of steel, and will be as safe and sound as human skill can make it. I will have a steamer capable of carrying 500 passengers, and will then be in a position to handle the excursion trade to better advantage."

Regular prices and a genial skipper have made the Aletha a favorite boat along the Bay of Quinte and the St. Lawrence river. The captain knows every inch of these waters, and his passengers are always sure of a safe trip when he is at the helm.

Marine Notes.

The schooner Maxwell is at the penitentiary with coal from Conneaut.

The schooner Burton, Gananoque, is waiting to get into Davis' dry dock.

The steamer Waterlily passed down Monday night with freight for Quebec.

The schooner Straubenzie is unloading coal from Erie at the Locomotive Works.

The steamer Missisquoi brought a large load of passengers from Cape Vincent today.

The barge Hiawatha, of the M.T. Co., left the dry dock today, after undergoing repairs.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived at Crawford's this morning with coal from Oswego.

The steamer Alexandria was at Folger's last evening on her way to Montreal with passengers and freight.

Swift's: steamer Aletha for Ogdensburg; steamer Caspian, up and down today; steamer Rideau Queen for Ottawa this morning.

Charles Joyner, Oswego, started work today to take the coal off the burned steambarge Robert McDonald and try to get her to shore to be repaired.

The steambarge Hinckley is lying at the Kingston and Pembroke wharf waiting to tow two lumber barges to Oswego. The tows are coming from Ottawa.

The steamer Rideau Queen left Davis' dry-dock on Monday evening and about midnight had a very hard time getting through the bridge. She was blowing for about half an hour before the bridge was finally opened.

M.T. Co.: tug Mary P. Hall arrived from Montreal with three light barges and cleared for Montreal with two grain laden barges; the steamer Stormount passed up on her way from Sydney to Fort William with a cargo of steel rails.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jul 1908