Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jan 1909
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p.1 Wolfe Island, Jan. 5th - .....The five cent raise in ferry all around was carried by 245 against 81. T. Hutchison proposes to lease the ferry for another year.

p.2 Castanet To Be Sold - The steamer Castanet, owned by W.L. Visger, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., and which has run excursions to Kingston for several years, is to be sold by United States marshall's sale shortly under mortgage. The Castanet is at present lying near Rockport.

Jan. 7, 1909


Jan. 8, 1909



S.J. Chapleau, of the surveying staff of the public works department, Ottawa, is here with a number of men to survey the government dry dock property. It is learned on good authority that the dry dock is to be leased to the Collingwood Shipbuilding company, which will establish a repair plant on the property.

An up to date repair plant has long been required for this dry dock, as pointed out by the Whig on various occasions during the past few years. Large vessels coming here to be repaired found it difficult to get the attention required, although the local firms that have done work at the dry dock have performed the very best jobs possible, considering handicaps. To be repaired in the shortest possible time means a great deal to vessels large or small, in the busy season of navigation. To have to remain in dock a week longer than they would if every facility for repair was at hand is a great loss to a big vessel, which is under large expense. Hence the establishment of modern, well-equipped repair plant is in the interests of marine.

The result will be that more of the large vessels that meet with accidents in these waters will come to Kingston to be repaired, and the drydock will be a much busier place than ever before.

The Collingwood Shipbuilding company has been after the dock for some time, and wanted the Canadian Locomotive Works company to join with it in establishing a repair plant, but it is understood the latter did not want to do this. Just what the terms of lease will be and how the present officials of the dock will be affected is not known.

Jan. 9, 1909

p.2 Cape Boat Tied Up - For the first time this winter the river is frozen over, and the steamer on the Cape Vincent route is tied up. The steamer Wanderer made the trip over from Cape Vincent on Friday afternoon, but the return trip had to be cancelled. The boat started out at its usual time, at two o'clock, but at Cedar Island became fast in the ice, and had to return. There was no boat today, but marine men are of the opinion that the route will be open again, as another mild spell is looked for.

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6 Jan 1909
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jan 1909