The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Feb 1912

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Feb. 16, 1912

p.1 Start New Lighthouse - near Lake Ontario Park; Mr. Regan is gov't expert in charge.

R. & O. Earnings -

p.3 To Stop At Oswego, N.Y. - R. & O. str. Rochester to stop at Higgins & Kingford wharf.

p.6 He Proposes A Ship Canal - the representative from Oswego wants another canal to join Lakes Erie and Ontario; before House in Washington.


Picton, Feb. 16th - Battling with the ice floes and the raging water of Lake Ontario for eight hours, George Bilkie, the hermit of Main Ducks Island, south-east of Prince Edward county, arrived at Point Traverse, on Wednesday, with a thrilling tale. Ill for many weeks, Mr. Bilkie determined to leave his lonely island and seek a physician on shore. He had only a small punt, to which he had fixed iron shoes as runners. He started on his journey armed with a pike pole and a pair of oars. For the first two miles he had open water of the lake. Then he ran into an ice barrier. Flare ice, rough hummocks and small patches of open water, stretched out twelve miles or more. This was the experience of a man exhausted through long illness. He sank time after time from sheer exhaustion. Several times he was obliged to shift his course. In all he thinks he really went a distance of twenty miles in the attempt to reach land, which in reality was twelve miles from the Main Ducks. Finally he landed after an awful fight, and when he sought shelter he was all but overcome.

Feb. 17, 1912

p.2 Stored In Vessels - 26 steamers at Port Arthur with 5 1/2 million bushels of grain in holds.

p.5 Steamer Port Colborne - towed through broken ice into Kingston dry dock on Friday after Keyport was taken out.

Feb. 19, 1912

p.2 For Kingston Resolutions - Board of Trade wants enlarged Welland Canal; against exploitation of St. Lawrence River for power purposes - deputation going to meeting of Ontario Associated Boards of Trade at Toronto.

p.5 A New Steel Steamer - building at Detroit for George Hall Coal Co. of Ogdensburg.

p.8 Fire On Steamer Saginaw - "while at Donnelly wharf" - firemen put it out.

Harbor Improvements - special committee of city council met - to recommend new bridge be built on site of old one.

Feb. 20, 1912

p.1 May Make Round Trips - American ruling: Canadian vessels are allowed to pick up and drop excursionists from U.S. ports on great lakes and St. Lawrence river.

p.3 Lake Freight Rates - shippers stand firm for last years rates.

p.5 Repairing The Vessels - North King; Grantham, now being used by Donnelly Wrecking company; M.T. Co's barges and steamers.

p.8 The Passenger Law - contention of Dominion Marine Association confirmed.

Feb. 21, 1912


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Feb 1912