Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Feb 1909
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p.3 Wolfe Island News - Feb. 13th - ....Capt. Dexter Pyke has gone to Port Arthur to fit out his tug for spring.....

Feb. 16, 1909


TO ASK FOR $5,000

To Rebuild the Steamer Wolfe Islander.

The Wolfe Island council is sending a deputation to Toronto to ask the government to make it a grant of $5,000 for the purpose of rebuilding the ferry steamer Wolfe Islander. The deputation will ask that this grant be made in lieu of colonization road grants to the island for a certain number of years, the island to take care of colonization roads itself. The ferry steamer requires rebuilding as it is not large enough for Wolfe Island's needs. It is proposed to lengthen it twenty five feet and make it wider. These additions will make the boat more seaworthy and will also more than double its carrying capacity. At present the Wolfe Islander can carry only 175 people. With the proposed additions it will carry 450 and be a larger boat than the steamer Pierrepont. The island council, whose reeve is John Spoor, has hopes that its request will be granted by the government.

Feb. 17, 1909


Feb. 18, 1909

p.1 Big Regatta Planned - Toronto, Feb. 18th - At a meeting of the Lake Yacht Racing Association here, it was decided to hold a big regatta at Cobourg during the week of August 2nd. The races will be open to all yachts belonging to the Lake Yacht Racing Association and the Lake Michigan Yachting Association. About $1,500 will be given in prizes and races will be arranged for veteran cruisers as well as the universal racing classes.

Bay of Quinte Lighting - Trenton, Feb. 18th - The marine department has taken over the entire lighting of the Bay of Quinte and will, this summer, instal automatic acetylene gas buoys all along the bay. The department will also probably deepen the Murray canal and other places when necessary.



The members of the Masters' and Mates' Association are a jolly crowd when they get together for a night's entertainment, and this was a reason for the "smoker", held on Wednesday evening, in their new quarters on Clarence street, turning out such a great success. The card tables provided the main amusement of the evening, and there was a song ? programme. Capt. Charles Martin gave a fine address, dealing with marine work of the past season, and an interesting topic, that of the shortage in grain on boats arriving in Kingston, was ably handled by Joseph Gratton. Capt. "Mack" Shaw favored with songs, and George Hunter with recitations. Capt. Corkey gave a couple of Irish songs, which brought down the house. Refreshments were served during the evening.

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15 Feb 1909
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Feb 1909