The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Apr 1911

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Harbor May Be Sealed Two More Weeks.

In the lower section of the harbor the ice is two feet thick, and this is the first of April. The opening of navigation will be the latest in years. The only thing that will cause a breakup in the next ten days is a good rain and a strong south wind, for the ice is decidedly tight and solid.

Up in Toronto they evidently think that spring has arrived here. Several days ago owners of steamers at Point Ann wrote the Davis Dry Dock Company to find out if it could dock the boats next week. It is doubtful if boats at Bay of Quinte ports will be able to get down this way for over two weeks at least.

There is a lack of caulkers all over the country, and marine owners are writing to Kingston to locate some. The number here now is very limited, and two lately went to Brockville to work at a vessel. Caulkers are not being made these days, and the reason probably is that the demand for them is not at all steady. Old owners of small vessels generally do their own caulking to save money. The old caulkers are dying off, and there are none arising to take their places.

Shipbuilders here find it difficult to get good marine laborers, who certainly are scarce. It is much easier to get ship mechanics.

Hugh Harold, boat builder, of Rideau Ferry, is a visitor in the city. He made a trip to Kingston in search of men for work on the new boats he is turning out. He has quite a few orders he is working on, but he has found that it is rather hard to get the men he needs.

Public Invited - The government quarantine steamer now being constructed by the Kingston Shipbuilding company, Limited, of this city, will be launched on Tueday, April 4th, at 3 p.m.

The directors of the company are pleased to invite the mayor and members of the city council, the president and members of the board of trade. Ladies are also invited.

The main entrance to the shipyard will be open from two-thirty until after the launch for the general public. The steamer will be christened the Polana, and launched sideways into the south side of the dry-dock.

By order of directors,

W.J. FAIR, Secretary.

p.7 Will Sweep Lakes - yacht Watertown to become George Cup challenger, dimensions given. [Watertown Standard]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Apr 1911