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Those Stonehookers, 25 November 1933.

Schooner Days CXV (115)

By C.H.J. Snider

The Great Gale of 1913 interrupted our yarn about the stonehookers of Port Credit last week, as it did the career of many a proud steamer twenty years ago; but here we attempt to fulfill the promise to give a list of the "mosquito fleet" whose labors produced the foundations of many of Toronto's wharves, harbor works, pavements and public buildings. If you know of other hookers, or more about these mentioned, your information will have an attentive hearing. This alphabetical list of the vessels whose names range between the "A's" and the "I's" is fairly complete, as a record of all such small craft engaged in stonehooking although the trade was invaded, at irregular intervals, by some of the larger lake schooners, such as the Snowbird, Eliza White, Katie Eccles, Garibaldi, British Queen, Fleetwing, S. J. Collier, Annie Minnes, Kate and even three-masters like the Clara Youell, Dundee, and Sir C. T. Van Straubenzee. These however, were but occasional interlopers, not built for the trade and not patronizing Port Credit. They were carriers rather than gatherers of stone cargoes.

Stonehookers owned in or frequenting Port Credit included the following. As ownership frequently changed from year to year a complete statement of it is not attempted:









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