The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Dec 1908

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p.4 Incidents of the Day - The government boat Scout arrived here yesterday afternoon, and will work in this vicinity as soon as the weather is favorable.



On Increasing Fares Of The Ferry Boat.

Wolfe Island, Dec. 11th - ....It was decided to issue a ballot at the January elections: "Are you in favor of five cents being added all around to the present passenger tariff on our ferry, which means twenty cents from village, fifteen cents from Garden Island and so on."

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The sloop Laura D. will clear for Amherst Island as soon as the weather is favorable, to carry a load of lumber for an ice house, which is to be erected at the head of the island.

The steambarge Navajo cleared, late Thursday afternoon, for Glenora with a cargo of corn.


Mystery of the Clemson Cleared Up.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Dec. 11th - The mystery of the disappearance of the steamer Clemson was cleared up when a water barrel and cork jacket were thrown on the shores of Lake Superior and found by a searching party near Crisp Point yesterday. The water barrel bore the name "D.H. Clemson." There remains, therefore, no doubt that the Clemson was lost in the storm of December 1st, not long after parting company with the steamer Brown. The graveyard of the lakes, however, has not cast up its dead, and it is not expected that any bodies will be found. The opinion now is borne out that the Clemson must have sunk soon after striking the squall and without warning, the crew of twenty-five men possibly all being inside away from the cold and storm.

The Michigan locks were not closed yesterday, although it was announced by Superintendent Sabin that they would be. Instead, they will be kept open until next Monday or perhaps a day or so later. There are a number of freighters at Duluth and Fort William loading for the lower lakes and several others are up bound. It is understood that locking up is being made difficult in the Canadian locks, because of several gates being out of order.

p.8 Sport Review - .....The Rochester yacht club is weakening on its own proposal and does not want the Canada's cup rules considered in connection with Seneca's eligibility as a Canada's cup competitor. The Royal Canadian club, of Toronto, will insist on Rochester holding to its own suggestion....

Toronto World: To race or not to race, is the situation as to the Canada's cup. Rochester wants to use the Seneca, now a salt-water yacht, and the R.C.Y.C. of this city, say it is against the spirit of the rule. Or rather, the R.Y.C. people say they want to defend with the old boat, now owned by Capt. Hanan, of New York, to which some local sailors retort that it is an indirect method of refusal. No thought of any fear of the Seneca, for it is Toronto's idea to build a boat on improved and faster lines to bring back the cup, no matter if the defender is knots faster than the Seneca.

p.9 Ceased Running - Aletha no longer running from Bath to Kingston - too cold.

Christmas Extra - article on Canada's greatest marine artist - W. St. Thomas Smith.

Dec. 12, 1908

p.2 Ill at Fort William - Capt. Chamberlain Irwin in marine hospital at Fort William, suffering from typhoid fever.

p.6 Death of Daniel McGeein - of Portsmouth, a ship carpenter by trade.

p.9 Sport Review - The Rochester Yacht Club positively refuses to leave the question of Seneca's eligibility to the Yacht Racing Union if the terms of the Canada's Cup deed of gift are to be taken into consideration.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Dec 1908