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  • The Boy Mate: Schooner Days IX (9)
    C. H. J. Snider, Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 Mar 1931     Schooner Days IX (9) The Boy Mate By C.H.J. Snider The late Magistrate J.J. O'Connor, of Port Arthur, continuing his lake-going experiences, tells of something that made him very, very angry in the good ship Wood Duck. <p ...
    C. H. J. Snider, Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 Mar 1931   Schooner Days IX (9) The Boy Mate By C.H.J. Snider The late ...
  • Great Gale of 1880: Schooner Days XXIII (23)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), July 4, 1931     Great Gale of 1880 Schooner Days No. XXIII For forty years almost, Capt. David Reynolds was master of the Royal Canadian Yacht club launches Esmeralda, Hiawatha and Kwasind. His trips across the Bay, on their half-hour schedule, would have taken him twice around the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), July 4, 1931   Great Gale of 1880 Schooner Days No. XXIII For forty years almost, ...
  • January Passage of the Ella Murton: Schooner Days XXXV (35)
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), February 20, 1932     SCHOONER DAYS XXXV JANUARY PASSAGE of the ELLA MURTON Talk of the time Capt. John Williams fitted out the Speedwell in February and ...
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), February 20, 1932   SCHOONER DAYS XXXV JANUARY PASSAGE of the ELLA MURTON Talk of the ...
  • He Built 120 Ships: Schooner Days CI (101)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 19 Aug 1933     HE BUILT 120 SHIPS--LOUIS SHICKLUNA --AND ALL WERE GOOD By C.H.J. Snider It is a recognized mark of great skill for a ship carpenter to hold a billet of wood "under his toe" and hew a wedge with his adze, using "head high strokes.' Legend has it that Louis ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 19 Aug 1933   HE BUILT 120 SHIPS--LOUIS SHICKLUNA --AND ALL WERE GOOD By C.H.J. Snider ...
  • Finding a Ship for a Padlocked Anchor:  Schooner Days CCLIV (254)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Aug 1936     Finding a Ship for a Padlocked Anchor Schooner Days CCLIV (254) As said last week, every anchor has its story, and we promised to go on with those shackled to the big 700-pound anchor bedded in the Lake where the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Aug 1936   Finding a Ship for a Padlocked Anchor Schooner Days CCLIV (254) As ...
  • Last One Built on the Lakes: Schooner Days CCLXXXIX (289)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 24 Apr 1937     Last One Built on the Lakes Schooner Days CCLXXXIX (289) In Oswego N.Y., it is a civic boast that all streets lead to the water. Those running east and west reach the Oswego River, those running north and south Lake ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 24 Apr 1937   Last One Built on the Lakes Schooner Days CCLXXXIX (289) In Oswego ...
  • DInosaur For Breakfast an 1812-er in the Camera: Schooner Days CCXC (290)
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 1 May 1937     Dinosaur For Breakfast an 1812-er in the Camera Schooner Days no. CCXC Some of the pictures in the Parsons' store at Oswego are photographs - Oswego harbor in storm and calm, freshet and frost, bristling with masts or ...
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 1 May 1937   Dinosaur For Breakfast an 1812-er in the Camera Schooner Days no. CCXC ...
  • Sending a Schooner over Niagara Falls: once She Was a British Man-of-war: Schooner Days DV(505)
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), July 26, 1941     While the description of the attempt to send the schooner MICHIGAN over Niagara Falls is taken from contemporary accounts, Snider incorrectly connects the MICHIGAN with Barclay's DETROIT. The latter was also sent down the river to the Falls, but in September 1841...
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), July 26, 1941   While the description of the attempt to send the schooner MICHIGAN over ...
  • Timber Islander: Schooner Days DXVI (516)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Oct 1941     TIMBER ISLANDERSchooner Days - DXVIby C.H.J. Snider(drawing at top of article with the following caption:)"The Delaware making port at Oswego, Oct. 22nd, 1887, when commanded by Capt. Bob Bartley at Napanee. She had carried ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Oct 1941   TIMBER ISLANDERSchooner Days - DXVIby C.H.J. Snider(drawing at top of article with ...
  • Sailor Said His Prayers When the Queen Jumped:  Schooner Days DLXVI (566)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), December 5, 1942     Correction: the events in this story happened in the spring of 1890...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), December 5, 1942   Correction: the events in this story happened in the spring of 1890...
  • Zero Hour on the McKinley Bill: Schooner Days DCLXXXVI (686)
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), April 30, 1945     Zero Hour on the McKinley Bill. Schooner Days DCLXXXVI By C.H.J. Snider Capt. John Williams, now of 50 Whitehall road, whose 88th birthday anniversary was celebrated so happily last week, was in the great grain rush of 1890, caused by the imminence of the McKinley tariff ...
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), April 30, 1945   Zero Hour on the McKinley Bill. Schooner Days DCLXXXVI By C.H.J. Snider ...
  • Big Cheese Across The Trail: Schooner Days No. DCCXX (720)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 1 Dec 1945     Big Cheese Across The Trail Search for Another of the Vanished Ports of Lake Ontario Encounters Obstacle That Took 24 Horses, one Schooner, one Canal Boat, Old Hickory, and the Rochester Fire Brigade to Remove _____Schooner Days No. 720 By C.H.J. ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 1 Dec 1945   Big Cheese Across The Trail Search for Another of the Vanished Ports ...
  • Christmas Tree Ship: Schooner Days DCCXXIII (723)
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), Dec. 22, 1945     Schooner Days No. DCCXXIII Christmas Tree Ship By C.H.J. Snider We never had a Christmas tree fleet on Lake Ontario, though individual vessels sometimes came home in December with spruce or hemlock seized to the lanyards of the main shrouds, to show they had made a ...
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), Dec. 22, 1945   Schooner Days No. DCCXXIII Christmas Tree Ship By C.H.J. Snider We never ...
  • Messages From Christmas Tree Ship Come After Years: Schooner Days DCCXXIV (724)
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), Dec. 29, 1945     Schooner Days No. DCCXXIV Messages From Christmas Tree Ship Come After Years By C.H.J. Snider "Little do you know, of the hardships, Nor do you understand The stormy nights we did endure On the lake of Michigan." -- Antelope ...
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), Dec. 29, 1945   Schooner Days No. DCCXXIV Messages From Christmas Tree Ship Come After Years ...
  • Charming Nook-- Where? The Bear: Schooner Days, DCCCIX (809)
        WHAT-ZIS WHAT-ZIS? Another quiz, with the answer right under your nose Where is this place Bear Creek? That's where this photograph was taken last week by A. Van. A Telegram staff photographer so good as these things that the "A" in his name could stand for ...
      WHAT-ZIS WHAT-ZIS? Another quiz, with the answer right under your nose Where ...
  • Slow Ship’s Long Wake: Schooner Days DCCCLXVIII (868)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), October 9, 1948     Slow Ship's Long Wake Schooner Days DCCCLXVIII by C. H. J. Snider It would be interesting indeed to find traces of the U.S. ship of war Oneida, however remote, for she was primagenetrix- if there such a word? - of the brief but brilliant generation of American sailing ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), October 9, 1948   Slow Ship's Long Wake Schooner Days DCCCLXVIII by C. H. J. Snider ...
  • Passing Thro’ The Devil’s Nose: Schooner Days, CMXLVII (947)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 15 Apr 1950     Passing Thro' The Devil's Nose Schooner Days No. CMXLVII By C.H.J. Snider Having finished our exploring of the Devil's Nose on the Friday the 13th mentioned, we looked for somewhere to hole up for the night, before getting a snort from his nostrils that ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 15 Apr 1950   Passing Thro' The Devil's Nose Schooner Days No. CMXLVII By C.H.J. Snider ...
  • The Big Fisherman's: Schooner Days No. CMLXII (962)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), July 29, 1950     The Big Fisherman's Forecastles as Found Schooner Days No. CMLXII by C. H. J. Snider Many a happy hour have I spent and many a good meal have I had in the forecastle of the great champion fishing schooner Blue Nose. The fisherman was of almost exactly the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), July 29, 1950   The Big Fisherman's Forecastles as Found Schooner Days No. CMLXII by C. ...
  • New Year Passage: Schooner Days CMLXXXV (985)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), January 6, 1951     SCHOONER DAYS CMLXXXV NEW YEAR PASSAGE Capt. Tom Donnelly, head of the Donnelly Wrecking Co., and Capt. John ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), January 6, 1951   SCHOONER DAYS CMLXXXV NEW YEAR PASSAGE Capt. Tom Donnelly, head of the ...
  • The Unheeded Bride: Schooner Days  MLII (1052)
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), Jan 10, 1953     The Unheeded Bride Schooner Days No. MLIIVII By C.H.J. Snider Dr. & Mrs. Doupe of Mitchell Ont. Married on the first of November, were very much in love with one another three weeks later. If not quite wealthy they were rich in youth, health, hope and ...
    Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), Jan 10, 1953   The Unheeded Bride Schooner Days No. MLIIVII By C.H.J. Snider Dr. & ...
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Schooner Days


"Schooner Days was a newspaper column which ran Saturdays in the Telegram for more than a quarter of a century beginning in 1931. In it, C.H.J. Snider described in vivid detail the lake shipping scene of the late nineteenth century, touching on both sail and steam, and drawing on experience gained from his own years of service aboard such sailing vessels as the ALBACORE and the famous STUART H. DUNN. Many accounts draw on the memories of a wide range of correspondents from around the Lakes.