The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Aug 1909

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p.2 Erect Boat Houses - Water Works committee - The matter of the leasing of the waterworks wharf to the Donnelly Wrecking Co., which has been underway for a long time, was again under discussion, and brought about a new proposition. (building boat houses for rent might produce more revenue).



Swift's: steamer North King down and up today.

The steamer Caspian will likely run from Charlotte to Toronto during the fair.

The steamer Blue Bell, Toronto, will enter the government dry dock today for repairs.

Steamer Wahcondah passed down, last night, and the steamers Haddington and Mapleton passed down today.

M.T. Co.: steamer Stormount up tonight, loaded with rails from Sydney, on her way to Fort William; tug Emerson arrived from Belleville with barge Hamilton, loaded with cement. Hamilton will be towed to Fort William by the steamer Stormount.

River Steamboat Rivalry.

Down the river, they say that the Visgars will hate the Thousand Island Steamboat company so long as either is in business. The Folger company, however, doesn't concern itself much with its hu'penny tu'penny rivals. For years it has beaten the Visgers in the courts, and when it comes to fistic encounters, the Alexandria Bay people always seem to get the black eyes. The steamyacht Ramona was always the popular ramble boat on the river, but its popularity has been immensely increased since it was rebuilt and widened here early in the summer. The Ramona has been getting the cream of the ramble business among the Thousand Isles, and it can show its heels with ease to its rival yachts. This has not improved the relations of the owners.

Galop Rapids Reduced.

Many who took the steamer America's trip to Iroquois, on Monday, weren't highly impressed with the rapids they went through. The Galops have been greatly reduced by dredging and dam-building, during the past ten years. However, there is still rapid water, the flow being about fifteen miles an hour above Cardinal and twelve miles at Iroquois.

Continuous Canadian Channel.

It will not be very long before deep draught vessels, instead of turning into the United States channel at the foot of Wolfe Island, and going down past Alexandria Bay, will go straight down the Canadian channel. A little island that blocked this deep-water channel in the vicinity of the Lost Channel, is being dredged out, and when the work is completed vessels will be saved a run of about two miles by continuing in Canadian waters. There will then be a continuous Canadian channel for the deep-draught vessels from Kingston to Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Aug 1909