The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1913

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p.1 Negroes For R. & O. - The R. & O. Co. will in all probability make a further change in regard to the employment of colored help on the steamers by placing colored stewards on the large passenger steamers of the western division.

This spring the company introduced the negroes in the steward's department as cooks, waiters, and bell boys, etc., on the larger boats of this division and the result has been so satisfactory that next season it is expected that the officials will go even further and replace the white stewards with negroes.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Arabian was aground in Lachine Lake on Saturday afternoon. She will likely be docked in Kingston for repairs.

Toronto's Last Trip - The steamer Toronto finished her season's trip on the river on Sunday afternoon, and cleared from Swift's wharf for Charlotte, N.Y., and Toronto, where she will winter.

As this R. & O. steamer was at Alexandria Bay on her up trip a somewhat unique farewell to the summer place was given. The colored waiters, stewards, and "bell" hops on board gathered on the wharf, and, with fellow countrymen, employed at the bay hotels, sang in concert, some of their familiar songs. As the vessel pulled out the steamboat employees sang from the hurricane deck while the others continued from the wharf. One sang a solo. This impromptu programme was thoroughly enjoyed. The Toronto saluted many of the important summer places on the river on her last trip.

p.7 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Katie Eccles came out of the Davis dry dock Monday morning, and will load feldspar at Richardson's wharf. The schooner Ford River went into the dock.



The coal schooner Britton has gone into Davis dry dock for repairs. The vessel was leaking when she arrived at Charlotte, on her last trip, and as a result, came back to Kingston light. This was, no doubt, the reason for the report that the vessel had been sunk.

The schooner St. Louis is at the long pier in Portsmouth.

The steamer Geronia is still at the long pier at Portsmouth.

The steamer Advance passed up on Saturday night, light, to load grain at Port Colborne.

The steamer Rosemount will pass up tonight on her way to Port Colborne, to load grain for Montreal.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Bartlett from Montreal, two light barges, cleared with the barges Augustus and Melrose, to load grain at Port Colborne; tug Emerson cleared with the barges Selkirk and Quebec for Charlotte, to load coal for Montreal; tug Glyde (Glide) from Montreal, two light barges.

The steamer Kingston will continue the lake and river run until the 27th of the month. She makes three trips a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The steamer Loretta of the Dominion government service came down from Kingston Mills and coaled at Swift's on Monday morning.

The steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa on Monday morning.

The steamer Belleville went west on Sunday.

The steamer Majestic passed down on Sunday morning.

The steamer Caspian was down on Sunday and took the excursion to Charlotte for Rochester, N.Y. She will return on Tuesday and lay up.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1913