The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Mar 1910

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p.5 Repairs To The North King - Extensive repairs and alterations are being made to the steamer North King, which is in Crawford's slip. The bulk of the work consists of a new cabin, and when the work is completed it will be a great improvement over the other.

The steamer Pierrepont is all in readiness to take a hand in the breaking of the ice, as soon as the weather is favorable. The Pierrepont will go on the Cape Vincent route as soon as it is opened.

p.8 Ferry Service Started - Brockville, March 23rd - Navigation on this portion of the St. Lawrence was inaugurated yesterday by the ferry steamer Bigelow going into service between this place and Morristown. The river is practically clear of ice from shore to shore. What little there is floating offers no impediment to navigation.

March 24, 1910

p.2 Death of Captain Brooker - Much regret was expressed in marine circles, at the death of Capt. Brooker, who was, during all last summer, captain on the steambarge Westport. He passed away at his home in Portland. The Westport was the last vessel to go through the Rideau canal last season. Deceased, who was about sixty years of age, was well known in this district, and the news was received with general regret.

Will Make Start Saturday - It was stated this afternoon that the steamer Pierrepont would make a start on Saturday to break the ice in the harbor. A start would have been made today but it was felt that the ice was yet too solid. The steamer Wolfe Islander was at work off Garden Island but was not able to make much progress.


Icebreakers At Work.

Late on Wednesday afternoon, the steamer Wolfe Islander made a start to break the ice, and made very good progress. It is expected that navigation will be open now in the course of a few days. The steamer Pierrepont, the veteran icebreaker, is now in readiness to make a start, as soon as the word is given.

The government dredge Sir Richard, tug Trudeau and scows, in the dry dock all winter, have been overhauled and put into shape for the season's work.

The government boats Scout and Reserve are expected up from Prescott, where they have been wintering, as soon as the navigation opens. Navigation opened at Brockville a few days ago.

Tenders For Dredging - ....will be received for dredging required at the following places:

Byng Inlet, Cobourg, Goderich (Kincardine, Lion's Head and Port Elgin), Owen Sound, Picnic Island, Port Burwell (Port Hope and Whitby), Rainy River, River Thames, Rondeau, Sault Ste. Marie......Only dredges can be employed which are registered in Canada at the time of the filing of tenders......Department of Public Works.

p.6 To Open Early - Collingwood, March 24th - ......The outside harbor has been clear of ice for several weeks and reports from up lake are all optimistic for one of the earliest openings of navigation on record. The barges and freighters, as well as steamers, of the Northern Navigation company are all busy fitting out and the water front presents a busy scene.

p.8 Deseronto, March 23rd - ....The marine men are busy these days fitting up their boats. The steamer Aletha will be commanded by Captain M. Palmateer, of Picton; engineer John Toppings; steamer Brockville by Captain D.V. Christie of Picton; engineer M.J. McFaul. George Toppings left this week for Trenton to his boat, the tug Waddell, of which he will be engineer.

March 25, 1910

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Mar 1910