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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Sep 1910

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p.1 Lake Traffic Fallen Off - tonnage 6 % less from American ports.

p.2 Heavy Cargo of Freight - The steamer Alexandria, at Folger's wharf last night, from Quebec and Montreal, had a very heavy cargo of freight for Kingston merchants. During a season this veteran steamer handles a very large amount of freight. Last night there was also a complete list of passengers, every berth being taken. The new boat talked about for this route next season would greatly relieve the situation.

Made A Fine Trip - str. America made last excursion trip of season to Ogdensburg with about 200 passengers.

p.3 Gananoque, Sept. 3rd - ...The coal schooner Horace Taber cleared light for Oswego last evening.

The launch Just Brown, doing ferry duty between this port and Clayton, has discontinued her trips for this season.


The Hepburns Will Have A Big Fleet.

A special from Picton to the Whig says:

The Ontario and Quebec Navigation company, Picton, whose chief steamer is the Alexandria, on the Charlotte-Quebec route, has absorbed the Bay of Quinte Navigation company with a fleet of three bay steamers and will increase its present fleet of ten steamers and freighters, by a new $140,000 Clyde-built steel boat. A.W. Hepburn, father of Hepburn Bros., who are heads of the new company, sailed for England, yesterday, to superintend the building of the new steamer during the coming winter. The new boat will be brought to Canada in the early spring and in June will be put on the Toronto-Charlotte, Montreal and Quebec route, running in conjunction with the steamer Alexandria. It will have a 450-ton capacity for freight, and accommodation for 250 passengers. It will be modernly equipped in every detail.



The government boat Reserve was in port today.

The steamer Cardinal is unloading grain at Cereals Limited elevator.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived from Charlotte with coal for the M.T. Co.

The steamer Alexandria was at Folger's wharf Friday night from Montreal and Quebec.

The steamer Cardinal, undergoing repairs here for three weeks, cleared on Saturday for Cardinal.

The steambarge Kenirving arrived from Rideau canal ports today with lumber on her way to Ogdensburg.

The steamer Fairmount is expected at the M.T. Co.'s elevator on Monday from Fort William with a cargo of wheat.

At Swift & Co.'s wharf: steamers Kingston and Caspian, down and up today; steamer Belleville tonight; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa this afternoon.



Lake Trout More Numerous Than In Years.

[Oswego Palladium]

Are the big fish coming back to Lake Ontario? This is the question which Oswego yachtsmen ask each other when they return from a cruise to the Bay of Quinte or the islands which lie to the Northeast, and which are the centre of all the fishing trade in this end of the lake. And they may well ask this question, for it is the principal topic of discussion among those whose livelihood depends on their catches of white-fish just as much as the waters of the northeast coast are noted for mackerel and cod. The fishermen, excepting, of course, the few pessimistic, which are in the make-up of every community, are of the opinion that old Ontario is coming back to the proud position which she once held as one of the most productive waters of the country, and they are rejoicing accordingly.

The fishermen claim that while there has been no substantial increase in the number of whitefish, the lake trout, which by many are considered the better of the two from a standpoint of food supply, have been gradually increasing in number during the past two years, so that at present, each hauling of the nets shows the whitefish outnumbered two to one. Lake trout, fresh caught, have no equal among fresh water fish which are not in the "game" class, but they do not keep as well as whitefish, and seem to loose their delicate flavor when frozen or ice-packed. Whitefish are a fat fish, and for that reason seem to preserve their freshness even when three or four days on their way to market.

This year there was a total absence of the hitherto too frequent "moon-eye," and this, the fishermen claim has bettered the fishing. Two of the largest fisheries are maintained at South Bay and on the Main Duck Islands, the former's catch running largely to whitefish, which are marketed as "South Bay whitefish," and the second to lake trout. A gasoline fishing tug brings the catch every other day to Cape Vincent, from which point it is distributed throughout the state and to the eastern markets. And the fishermen have been quick to recognize the advantage of the gasoline engine and now the chug chug of the motor boat has replaced the swarm of cat-rigged craft which formerly swarmed about the fishing places. Sailing, when it's business, ceases to be sport and generally the fishermen used to stay at home Sundays, but now each fine holiday sees the headquarters deserted by the fishermen, who hie themselves, with their families to the newest summer resort confident that no adverse winds will prevent their home coming.

And one thing which has caused the fishermen to believe that the fish are coming back is that a large number of sturgeon have been taken in the nets this year, in fact all records have been broken. One local yachtsman will attest to this fact, which nearly cost him and his crew a ducking last month. His yacht had reached South Bay Point and, as it was still early evening, the crew decided to go ashore. They piled into the "dinghy" and started to row ashore. When half-way the oarsman struck something with an oar and there was a struggle and a commotion which gave the yachtsmen the scare of their lives and which nearly capsized their boat. It was a mystery until shore was reached and the fishermen told of catching in their nets half a dozen 250-pound sturgeon that day. They had slipped nooses at the end of long lines around the fishes' tails and had tethered them out in the bay just as cows are tied out to graze. One of these fish had evidently been sleeping near the surface of the bay when disturbed by the oar.

It now costs Americans two dollars a season to fish in Canadian waters and all because a party of Youngstown, O., would-be sports played the "fish hog" deal in the Rideau last year and smuggled the fish each day into this country. The revenue cutter Canadian has been stationed at the entrance of the Bay of Quinte, near Timber, this year, to see that the Canadian fish and game laws are enforced.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Sep 1910