Chapter 253
Lorne And Victoria Parks.

Table of Contents

Title Page
203 The Island Lighthouse.
204 Two Western Piers.
227 The Island in the Forties.
236 Front Street of Old.
237 Canadian Lake Navigation
238 1766 to 1809.
239 Six Eventful Years, 1809-15
240 A New Era, 1816 to 1819
241 A Progressive Enterprise, 1819 to 1837.
242 The Rebellion of 1837-38
243 Complaining Travellers
244 The Trade of the Lake Still Continues to Expand
245 The Royal Mail Line, 1840 TO 57
246 Storms and Shipwrecks -- Great Destruction of Life and Property -- The Commercial Distress in 1857.
247 Gloomy Anticipations for the Spring Trade
248 The Niagara Steamers, 1874-78.
249 Niagara Falls Line - 1883 to 1893.
250 Hamilton Steamboat Co. '87-'93
251 The General History of the Lake Shipping Continued
252 New Steamers
253 Lorne And Victoria Parks.
254 Toronto Ferry Co. 1890-93.
255 Royal Canadian Yacht Club.
256 Canadian Pacific Steamers.
257 The Rochester Route -1889-'93
258 The Ottawa Steamers, 1864-93
259 The R. & O. Company.
260 Tabulated Statements of Various Vessels from 1678 to the Present Time.
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The Various Steamers on the Routes -- Their Respective Commanders - 1887-1891.

On the lake route from Toronto to Lorne Park, began to ply in 1888 the steamer Greyhound. She is a double decked screw steamer of 219 tons burthen, and was built at Hamilton in 1887 by Melancthon Simpson. Her length is 133 feet, her width 21 feet and her depth of hold 10 feet 6 inches, Her engine was supplied by Messrs. Beckett & Co., of Hamilton.

This vessel ever since her construction has been on the Lorne and Grimsby Park routes, principally the former. For one season or rather a portion of it she was on the latter.

Her command for some little time was entrusted to the late Captain Donaldson, He was succeeded by her present popular master, Captain William Boyce. She is registered to carry 478 passengers She is the property of Mr. Gooderham, of Wellington street, Toronto, and for the season of 1893 was chartered by the Lorne Park Navigation Company.

On the Victoria Park route the steamer Chicoutimi, built in 1882, began to ply in 1887. Her first commanding officer was Captain Parkinson, now of the Carmona. Since he left she has for the past three years been under charge of Captain Thomas Jennings. Before coming to Toronto the Chicoutimi plied on Lake Huron.

The second steamer running from Toronto to Victoria Park is the J. W. Steinhoff. She was built in 1876 at Chatham, and ran on the upper lakes until she was to a great extent destroyed by fire in 1881. She was then rebuilt and again resumed her journeys on the same waters until 1889, when she was brought to Toronto. For the season of 1890 she ran from that city to Victoria Park In 1891, to use a technical expression, she "ran wild," that is, took trips here, there and everywhere, having no settled route, and in 1892 and also in 1893 has again been running from Toronto to Victoria Park.

She is the property of Alderman Thomas Davies, of Toronto, and is ably commanded by Captain Murchison. When she first came to Toronto she was under Captain Zeeland, now of the Hamilton line. As an excursion steamer she has always been in great request.


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