The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jun 1909

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p.1 Pith of the News - The Polson Iron Works company will erect a new large shipbuilding plant.

Gananoque, June 5th - ....The steamer Phelps and barge Parsons, laden with coal, arrived yesterday.

Relics From Ancient Steamer.

Sault Ste. Marie, June 5th - Thomas Durocher, a diver, while searching through the wreckage of the steamer Independence, the first steamer to ply on the upper lakes, brought to light several interesting articles. The most notable were several bottles of liquor, still sealed, but some of the liquor gone from each bottle. Wood from the steamer, which lies on the bottom of St. Mary's river, a short distance above the "Soo," is being made into furniture and souvenirs for relic seekers.



Shipment Of Grain Sixty Years Ago.

An old mariner who sailed these lakes many years ago told some very interesting stories to the Whig man on Friday. One of them brings clearly before a person the great difference between the boats engaged in the grain trade now and the ones used in it over sixty years ago. "I remember," said the ancient mariner, "when Capt. R. Taylor sailed his schooner in the grain trade between Buffalo and Chicago. During the season seventeen trips constituted a fine record and in each trip 5,000 bushels of wheat were carried, or 85,000 bushels of wheat in a season, and that was fine trade and everyone was contented.

"Now we read of a boat coming into Buffalo with over 400,000 bushels of grain. Just think of that. At the rate of 5,000 bushels a trip, and seventeen trips a year sixty years ago, it would take a vessel just between six and seven years to bring down as much as this steel giant brought down in one trip."

Boats For The West.

All day today Kingston people were surprised to see the number of boats being shipped from Coward's boat factory, near the cotton mill. One large carload went to Grayson, Sask., and two more cars are to follow at once. Mr. Coward is shipping one fine launch to Messrs. Wallace, of Cornwall, one of the finest boats to leave Kingston. The following are also to be shipped during the next few days: 30-foot launch, with 15 h.p., to Mr. Mitchell, Montreal; 22-foot launch, 6 h.p., to Mr. Mitchell, Montreal; 30-foot racer, 25 h.p., Mr. Simmons, Bracebridge; a 22-foot highly finished launch, with 7 h.p., for Mr. Neilson, Perth; 25-foot high-class launch, fitted with 10 h.p. Roberts engine, for Mr. Ward, Woodlands, and others. Sergt. Instructor Lee is having built a 23-foot high-class launch. Messrs. Harkness and Moxley are having built a smart little 18-footer. Two racers for Kingston, of the extreme speed type, are also on the ways at this enterprising factory.

Marine Intelligence.

The schooner Keewatin is at Swift's with coal.

The steamer John Randall cleared for Rideau points on Friday.

The schooner Suffel is unloading coal at Crawford's from Oswego.

The schooner Bertha Kalkins cleared for Sodus today with feldspar.

The steamer Sowards arrived from Oswego with a cargo of coal for Sowards.

The schooner J.B. Kitchen has cleared for Oswego after unloading coal at Swift's.

The steamer Rosemount touched port on her way from Montreal to Fort William today.

The steamer Arabian touched for a pilot today, on her way from Fort William to Montreal.

The steamer Hinckley touched port this morning on her way from Clayton to Oswego for coal.

The steamer Alexandria was at Folger's on Friday night on her trip from Montreal to Charlotte.

The steamer Edmonton lightered at the M.T. Co. elevator today, on her way to Montreal from Fort William with wheat.

Men from the dry-dock were fishing for steel plates off Swift's wharf this morning. The plates were carried away by the steamer Bickerdike. When the steamer left the dock in the spring the plates were frozen to her hull and went along to Swift's wharf.

p.7 Tides On the Great Lakes - refers to an article in the Oct. 3, 1845 Toronto Mirror, copied from the Cobourg Star of Sept. 20 or 27th.


The People's Line


(Capt. Hammond)

Wharf, foot of Clarence St.

The Scenic Route to Gananoque, leaving Kingston daily, (Sunday excepted) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. Calling north side of Howe Island. Steamer open for Picnics and Private Parties. For information apply to Purser C.E. Birch on board Steamer.

To Kingston Mills, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Leave Kingston 10:30 a.m. Fare 15c.; Return 25c.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jun 1909