Marine Memories

Table of Contents

Title Page
The Editor's Notebook
Marine News
St. Lawrence River Ferries
Marine Memories
Our Mistake
City of Ottawa Revisited
Ship of the Month No. 56 India of Garden Island
The Interprovincial Steamship Company, Halifax
Judgment on a Comedy of Errors
Late Marine News
Table of Illustrations

Very shortly before our printing deadline for this issue, we received in the mail a package from Alan R. Capon, Editor of the Picton Gazette. Inside was a copy of a book which, despite the fact that we have not as yet had the time to read it from cover to cover, looked so interesting that we thought we should acquaint all our members with it.

Entitled Marine Memories, the 124-page softbound is the work of fellow member Willis Metcalfe of Milford, Ontario, an acknowledged expert on the subject of the history of shipping on eastern Lake Ontario. It is Mr. Metcalfe's second book, the first being Canvas and Steam on Quinte Waters which appeared almost a decade ago. Like its forebear, Marine Memories is a collection of personal reminiscences about the shipping of Prince Edward County and area, interspersed with contemporary accounts of wrecks and other interesting happenings. But unlike Canvas and Steam. Mr. Metcalfe's new book is printed in a much more pleasing and easy-to-read format, with indexed chapters dealing with specific items or occurrences. The photo reproduction is excellent and there are a great many copies of newspaper advertisements and timetables for various early Bay of Quinte steamboats.

A quick look through Marine Memories yielded many tidbits of marine information of which ye Ed. was not aware, and the book bears promise of giving us many more choice items as we go through it in more detail. We congratulate Willis Metcalfe on his most recent effort and heartily recommend it to all our readers. Marine Memories is available at a cost of $4.95 from The Picton Gazette Publishing Company (1971) Ltd., P.O. Box 80, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0. But you had better hurry as it has been published in a limited edition of only 1,000 copies and they'll go like hotcakes.


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