The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Apr 1909

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The Coal Boats Are Anxious to Get to Work.

The steamer Pierrepont may attempt to break the ice in the harbor on Saturday.

The steamer Bickerdike, wintering at Swif's wharf, is being rapidly put into shape for the season. A gang of men are at work painting and overhauling her.

Capt. Esford, of the steamer Kingston, left on Thursday night for Toronto. The captain will go on to Buffalo for Tuesday, where the case about the collision between the Kingston and the little excursion steamer, near Charlotte, N.Y. last August, will be heard. He will pick up numerous witnesses in Toronto.

Last season it was April 7th when the first trip over to Wolfe Island was made by the steamer Pierrepont, and at the present rate it would appear as if the opening of navigation this season will be about the same time. In 1907 the first trip across was somewhat earlier, being made on March 27th.

A marine man said, this morning, that it might be the middle of April before the harbor was open, unless a good rain and wind came along. At present, he says, the ice gains in solidity more at night than it loses in daytime, and is quite strong yet. A strong wind and rain, however, would weaken the ice very rapidly.

It is proposed in Montreal to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the operation of the first steamer on the St. Lawrence river. This was the Accommodation, put into commission by Hon. John Molson, whose descendents are influential in business and social life in Montreal yet. This steamer made her first trip between Montreal and Quebec on November 1st, 1809.

Capt. James Poole, the well-known captain of the government dredge Sir Richard, has been transferred to the dredge Ontario, at Pelee Island, and his place on the Sir Richard will be taken by Capt. Bourassa of Montreal. Capt. Poole has made many friends during his stay in Kingston, all of whom are very sorry to hear that he is leaving. He will leave in the course of a few days for his new field. Capt. Bourassa has arrived in the city.

The Oswego Times says: Inquiries have already been received from Kingston relative to conditions here and to ascertain just how soon there will be coal here awaiting shipment. The ice in Kingston harbor is breaking up and the schooners D. Freeman and New Dominion are in commission and are ready to sail for Oswego as soon as they can get out of Kingston. They hope to start by the latter part of this week and to get in several trips before the fleet that is laid up in the Bay of Quinte can thaw out enough to start.

p.6 Will Go Into Court - want $10,000 from Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Steamboat company for death of H.H. Denny, who drowned at Charlotte while cleaning outside of steamer Caspian from unsafe staging.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Apr 1909