The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Mar 1911

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Rideau Queen will be taken to Picton as soon as navigation opens, and will be given an overhauling there.

As soon as the ice breaks up in the harbor the steamer Wolfe Islander will be taken over to the Kingston foundry marine railway and have false sides added, so as to acquire more carrying capacity.



Just when local navigation will open is difficult to say but the different vessels which have been laid up in the harbor all winter have been put into shape for the season's work. All along the waterfront there is a scene of activity. Most of the repair work has been completed, but a good deal is now in progress. The mild spell has made the (?) mariners very anxious to get their "sea legs" on again.

The sloop Pilot, which has been laid up in Richardson's slip all winter, sprung a leak yesterday afternoon and it was feared that she would sink. The Pilot is owned by Capt. Mahoney and is known to every marine man who sails out of this port. The sloop has been in active service for some time. Ice jamming against the vessel was responsible for the accident.

Capt. John Gould of this city, will be in command of the schooner Major Ferry this season. James McIntosh of South Bay will be first mate.

Capt. Joseph Ashey will be in command of the schooner Maize and he will have as first mate Alfred Eaves.

Commodore Mack Shaw will again be in command of the steambarge Sowards this season and will keep the line warm between Kingston, Oswego, Charlotte and Fairhaven carrying coal for Sowards coal yards. The Sowards is a speedy little vessel and during the course of a season makes a great many trips. The genial commodore keeps her on the jump, the only delay is in the loading and unloading. Jack Bongard will be the chief engineer on the steambarge Sowards. Mr. Bongard comes from Smith's Falls and last year he was engaged as engineer on the steamer Rideau King.

The schooner Julia B. Merrill has undergone some repairs during the winter and is now ready for the coal trade. Capt. H. Daryeau will be in command of her this summer.

The schooner Bertha Kalkins is looking spic and span in a new coat of paint. Capt. Simmons has had the vessel overhauled and put in shape for the season's work. The Kalkins has been chartered to carry coal for Swift & Co.

The steambarge Jesca has been undergoing extensive repairs and is in good shape for the work of the season.

The engineers of the steamers Iona and Halcomb have arrived in the city to fit out the vessel for the season.

The schooner Ford River is in good shape for the season. A new boiler is being installed, also a new steam pump and hoist. The vessel now has four hatches. The Ford River is one of the speediest boats in the local fleet and is sailed by the genial Capt. C. Daryeau.

The steamer City of New York cleared from Cobourg, yesterday, for the Galloup Islands, to work on the wreck of the steamer Sharples. Capt. James Norris, of this city, is in charge.

The schooner St. Louis, recently purchased by Capt. Matthew Patterson, is at Cobourg and will be brought down to Kingston just as soon as the ice will permit.

The schooner Charley Marshall is laid up at Cobourg.

Capt. Bernard Pomatier (sic - Palmatier ?) will run the schooner Britton this season. The Britton is laid up at Gananoque.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon which was partially destroyed by fire will not likely be used in the coal trade again. Capt. Patterson sailed her for many years but this season takes the schooner St. Louis. One report says that the Mary Ann Lydon is likely to be purchased by the Calvin company, to be used on wrecking jobs.

Capt. Melville Moon is putting his ice boat in quarters for the summer. He is one of the most enthusiastic ice boatmen in the city. A number of ice boats were out on Tuesday afternoon, March 28th, quite late for ice boating.

Capt. James Norris of this city will be in command of the steambarge Navajo this season. The Navajo is laid up in Richardson's slip.

Navigation opened up on the great lakes on Tuesday, one of the big boats making the trip from Detroit to Cleveland.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon is the only vessel which was laid up at Portsmouth this winter.

The boats of the Thousand Island Steamboat Company are being given their annual scrubbing and cleaning in preparation for the season.

Capt. James Oliver left on Tuesday night for Toronto to fit out his new schooner Abbie L. Andrews, in preparation for his first trip to Oswego.

Capt. Matthew Patterson left, on Tuesday night, for Cobourg, to fit out his schooner St. Louis.

The continued cold weather is interfering with the marine men in their painting.

p.7 Waterworks Intake Pipe - John Donnelly, who is superintending the laying of the new portion of the water works intake pipe, says that the pipe may be completed by Saturday evening if nothing unforeseen happens. The work is progressing well. A three ton valve is now being attached.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Mar 1911