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  • The Round-Sterned Delaware: Schooner Days XLII (42)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 9 Apr 1932     The Round-Sterned DELAWARE SCHOONER DAYS XLII (42) The late Capt. W. R. Wakely sailed many vessels from the Friday he went with his father, Capt. Charles Wakely, of Port Hope, in the Enterprise, in 1864, to the Friday, when an apoplectic stroke terminated his fitting out of ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 9 Apr 1932   The Round-Sterned DELAWARE SCHOONER DAYS XLII (42) The late Capt. W. R. ...
  • Barefoot Boy: Schooner Days XLIII (43)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 16 Apr 1932     BAREFOOT BOY SCHOONER DAYS XLIII (43) Ever hear of "Sockless Jerry" Simpson? Of course, you have. It was not so long ago that he died at his home in Kansas, full of years, and, after a fashion, of honors. Every newspaper in the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 16 Apr 1932   BAREFOOT BOY SCHOONER DAYS XLIII (43) Ever hear of "Sockless Jerry" Simpson? ...
  • The Baltic: Schooner Days XLIV (44)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 23 Apr 1932     Baltic Schooner Days XLIV (44) Capt. David Reynolds, long senior master in the Royal Canadian Yacht Club fleet of launches, had many good stories of his experiences boy and man in the lake carriers. His narrative of the Great Gale of 1880 was given not so long ago. Here ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 23 Apr 1932   Baltic Schooner Days XLIV (44) Capt. David Reynolds, long senior master in ...
  • One Anchor-Watch: Schooner Days XLV (45)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 30 Apr 1932     One Anchor-watch Schooner Days, XLV (45) Capt. David Reynolds, for forty years master of Royal Canadian Yacht Club steamers, here continues his yarn of some of his experiences in the schooner Baltic, of Wellington Square. I ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 30 Apr 1932   One Anchor-watch Schooner Days, XLV (45) Capt. David Reynolds, for forty years ...
  • The Blower Boys: Schooner Days XLVI (46)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 May 1932     The Blower Boys Schooner Days XLVI (46) "While the hookers were here, the Blower boys sailed 'em" These words, coming from the lips of an old sailor, are possibly the most concise summing up of the history of the Blower family, of Port Credit, the ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 7 May 1932   The Blower Boys Schooner Days XLVI (46) "While the hookers were here, ...
  • The Pummy: Schooner Days XLVII (47)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 May 1932     The Pummy Schooner Days XLVII (47) If schooner men scorned stonehookers in our days of the wind ships, stonehooker sailors despised pummies still more. Stonehookers were those patched and picturesque craft whose resourceful crews of two or three men ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 14 May 1932   The Pummy Schooner Days XLVII (47) If schooner men scorned stonehookers in ...
  • Scarlet Geranium: Schooner Days XLVIII (48)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 21 May 1932     Scarlet Geranium Schooner Days XLVIII (48) Being the conclusion of the whole matter regarding Liverpool Andy, pummy in stonehookers, whose existence was outlined in this column last week. SPRING was ever the season for ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 21 May 1932   Scarlet Geranium Schooner Days XLVIII (48) Being the conclusion of the whole ...
  • Standing Keels and British Queens: Schooner Days XLIX (49)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 May 1932     Standing Keels and British Queens Schooner Days XLIX (49) Builder's model of Port Credit's largest sailing craft, a square rigger, recalls pre-centreboard days in the lake fleets. STANDING-KEELERS passed out of the lake ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 28 May 1932   Standing Keels and British Queens Schooner Days XLIX (49) Builder's model of ...
  • Centreboards and Such: Schooner Days L (50)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 4 Jun 1932     Centreboards and Such Schooner Days L (50) The Sea Gull of Oakville, whose sailing voyage to South Africa and return in 1865 was recently described in the Telegram, was a centre boarder. She was neither the only nor the first lake vessel to taste salt water. This ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 4 Jun 1932   Centreboards and Such Schooner Days L (50) The Sea Gull of Oakville, ...
  • Braving the Briny: Schooner Days LI (51)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Jun 1932     Braving the Briny Schooner Days LI (51) This world is getting smaller and smaller. Only last month we had the steamer Grenland, of Skien, Norway, at Hamilton, with coal, seventeen days out from Wales, and clearing for Detroit, to load pitch for ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Jun 1932   Braving the Briny Schooner Days LI (51) This world is getting smaller ...
  • Sophia and Sisters: Schooner Days LII (52)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Jun 1932     Sophia and Sisters Schooner Days LII (52) Delving into the records of lake vessels which ventured to cross the Atlantic when wind was the motive power and all work was done by hand, the following "cockleshells" appear among the earliest. None of these vessels was over ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 18 Jun 1932   Sophia and Sisters Schooner Days LII (52) Delving into the records of ...
  • Gold Hunters: Schooner Days LIII (53)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 25 Jun 1932     Both this and the next entry in Schooner Days were numbered LIII (53)...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 25 Jun 1932   Both this and the next entry in Schooner Days were numbered LIII ...
  • Sturdy Old Arthur: Schooner Days LIII (53)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 2 Jul 1932     This was the second instalment of "Schooner Days" to be identified as LIII or 53...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 2 Jul 1932   This was the second instalment of "Schooner Days" to be identified as ...
  • Bones: Schooner Days LIV (54)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 9 Jul 1932     Bones Schooner Days LIV (54) Last week we had Capt. Jas. Peacock's reminder that his old schooner, Arthur, of Toronto, in 1917 (the forty-third year of her age), began making ocean voyages, and was very successful thereat. She carried, as he pointed out, lumber between ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 9 Jul 1932   Bones Schooner Days LIV (54) Last week we had Capt. Jas. Peacock's ...
  • Journey's End: Schooner Days LV (55)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 2 Aug 1932     JOURNEY'S END Schooner Days LV (55) "Tho' Neptune's waves and Boreas' blasts "Have tossed me to and fro, "By the Almighty God's command "I'm anchored here below, "Here do I harbour at ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 2 Aug 1932   JOURNEY'S END Schooner Days LV (55) "Tho' Neptune's waves and Boreas' blasts ...
  • The Waterfront Cub: Schooner Days LVI (56)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 27 Aug 1932     THE WATERFRONT CUB Schooner Days LVI (56) We were talking last week about the Edward Blake, and her adventures after she came back from England. Aemilius Jarvis, by the way, Canada's greatest racing skipper, got his first sousing in salt water ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 27 Aug 1932   THE WATERFRONT CUB Schooner Days LVI (56) We were talking last week ...
  • An Early Oiler: Schooner Days LXVII (57)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Sep 1932     AN EARLY OILER Schooner Days LXVII (57) "We claim your condescension For to tell you what we know Of marching with the Mulligan Guards To Sligo port below--" And then there was the Sligo. This was ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 3 Sep 1932   AN EARLY OILER Schooner Days LXVII (57) "We claim your condescension For ...
  • The BLANCHE: Schooner Days, LVII (57) [probably LVIII/58]
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 8 Oct 1932     The BLANCHE Schooner Days, LVII (57) [probably LVIII/58] It is going on forty-five years since the Blanche of Colborne vanished with all hands. Yet still Cat Hollow men stare hard towards the Scotch Bonnet of moonlight nights, to catch, if may be, the gleam of her ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 8 Oct 1932   The BLANCHE Schooner Days, LVII (57) [probably LVIII/58] It is going on ...
  • WHITE OAK of OAKVILLE: Schooner Days LIX (59)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 29 Oct 1932     WHITE OAK of OAKVILLE Schooner Days LIX (59) In Collin's Inlet, up in Georgian Bay this summer, lay an old hulk, weathered, sun-blistered, in the last stages of decrepitude. Her bulwarks were missing in spots. Her decks were going. Wild sweet clover had ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 29 Oct 1932   WHITE OAK of OAKVILLE Schooner Days LIX (59) In Collin's Inlet, up ...
  • 47 Years Ago 37 Lost with the "Algoma": Schooner Days LX (60)
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Nov 1932     47 Years Ago 37 Lost with the "Algoma" Schooner Days LX (60) It may be straining the sense of "Schooner Days" to include herein the account of one of the major shipwrecks of the lakes, when the central figure was not a sailing vessel, but a steamer, but three ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 5 Nov 1932   47 Years Ago 37 Lost with the "Algoma" Schooner Days LX (60) ...
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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.