The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jul 1909

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p.2 Had A Fine Outing - The visiting pressmen had a trip down the river on Friday, on the staunch steamer Caspian as guests of the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Navigation company....

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The government steamer Speedy was in port this morning on her way up the lake.



The government tug Loretta cleared for Brockville this morning.

The schooner Ford River arrived from Charlotte with coal for R. Crawford.

The steamer Sowards arrived from Charlotte with another cargo of coal for Rockwood asylum.

The steamer Alexandria was at Folger's wharf, Friday night, from Montreal with freight.

The steamer Havana, of the Erie coal line, cleared for Erie today after unloading coal at the locomotive works.

Swift's: steamer North King down and up today; steamer Dundurn up Sunday; steamer Aletha from bay points; steamyacht Castanet from Alexandria Bay and intermediate points.

M.T. Co.: tug Thomson arrived from Cape Vincent with barges Bella, Harrison and Buckeye State; tug Thomson will clear for Montreal with four barges; steamer Fairmount grain-laden, from Fort William, will lighter tonight on her way to Montreal.


The steamyacht Ramona, of the Folger fleet, went to Clayton today, and began her summer's ramble trips among the Thousand Islands. She was tried out around the harbor, yesterday, and H.S. Folger, president and general manager of the company, was more than pleased with the handsome little craft, which showed a speed of sixteen miles an hour, and can be pressed to eighteen miles, as she was under check during the trial. The widening of the Ramona has practically made her a new boat, for she will carry fifty more passengers, draws three inches less water and runs faster and steadier.

The alterations to the Ramona were planned and supervised by M.R. Davis, inspector of hulls, who is a marine designer of note, and the Folger company is highly pleased with the results of Mr. Davis' plans and specifications. Steamers down the river will have to look out for the Ramona, which may show its heels even to Capts. Booth and Esford.



To Be Voted Upon By Port Arthur Citizens.

Detroit, July 16th - A Cleveland despatch says the building of dry docks and a ship building plant at the Canadian head of the lakes is up to the property owners of Port Arthur. Members of the city council and officials of the western dry dock and shipbuilding company have agreed on terms, but the action of the council must be ratified by the property owners and they will vote on the question August 10th. Officials of Port Arthur have agreed to give the company 1,000 acres of land, pay a bonus of $25,000 a year for ten years, and exempt the company from taxes for twenty years, except $2,000 a year for special purposes.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jul 1909