The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jul 1908

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Marine Matters.

The steamer Argyle enters the government dry dock tomorrow.

The schooner Grantham is in Davis' dry dock. The schooner Briton, Gananoque, is next to enter.

Complaints are made about the steamer Kingston coming down the harbor too fast in the morning, and giving small boats lying along the wharves a vigorous banging by the heavy swells she raises. The captain might oblige the complainants by coming down slower, or keeping further out in the channel.


Schooner Destroyed In Chippewa Bay.

Niagara Falls, July 30th - The old Erie Belle was burned to the water's edge at Chippewa creek, ending in flames the last chapter of a life full of vicissitudes. The fire had gained great headway before discovery, and crowds gathered to watch her destruction. The Erie Belle had been an object of interest to visitors for years, artists painting her as a representative of the best sailing vessel of the old type. The story of her last trip has been a subject for novelists. She was a three-master, square rigged forward, with double topsail and topgallant sail, was built at Port Burwell in the early seventies, and was the belle of the great lakes. Her last trip was made twelve years ago. She was unloading at La Salle, when the crew went on strike for wages. The captain, single handed, ran her from the dock, and with the aid of a tug brought her to Chippewa. Upon her arrival she was seized at the instance of a Toronto bank that held a mortgage, and has remained at Chippewa ever since. A month ago a firm of Toronto contractors bought and dismantled her, intending to use her as a scow, but it was impossible to move her and the task was abandoned.

He Was Arrested - cook on steamer Emmerson caught leaving vessel with a valise full of stolen articles; Capt. Martin had him arrested for theft.



The steamer Argyle is in the dry dock for repairs.

The tug Bronson cleared for Richardsons' with the barge Bella for Montreal.

The schooner Kalkins arrived at the asylum this morning with grate coal from Oswego.

The steamer Iroquois is due at the M.T. company today, with grain from Fort William.

The steambarge City of New York cleared for Montreal last evening with grain from Richardsons'.

Swift's: schooner Keewatin for Sodus; steamer North King down and up today; steamer Aletha from bay points; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa.

The steamyacht Captain Visger, which for some years has figured prominently in the tours of the islands, has passed into the hands of Colonel O.G. Staples, Alexandria Bay. The boat has been thoroughly overhauled.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jul 1908