The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 12, 1883

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p.2 Newsy Items - The schr. Wm. Elgin has arrived here from Oswego, to which port she carried 2,000 bushels of damaged grain. R.J. Eilbeck went as supercargo, and sold the grain to advantage. The vessel, with twelve others, sought shelter in South Bay part of Saturday and Sunday.

p.3 A Tough Case - For several days there has been wandering about the street a wretched specimen of humanity. She bears the form of woman but her modesty has been dwarfed to such an extent that she is a positive disgrace to her sex. She drinks and uses language of the foulest character. The police should lock her up and save the place from being disgraced by her presence. The creature has spent her life on the water as a cook and in that capacity she became what she now is. It is about time that journals of respectability should join in a protest against the custom of having female cooks on vessels. It is most demoralizing.

The Shoveller's Union - Captains are discussing the question of grain shovelling, now causing so much anxiety to the forwarders. "The papers, I see," said one Captain, "say that the forwarders have agreed to pay the shovellers the advanced price, but I would like to know what the forwarders have to do with the matter. I wish you would say that the vessel owners are the ones that pay the piper. They have to stand the cost of tbe shovelling. It all comes out of the freight, and at the present rates we don't feel satisfied to pay the price. I would be very glad to trade my vessel off for a small share in an elevator." The boys think that the forwarders might reduce the cost of elevating, and that would equalize the shovelling. The Captains think the forwarding companies, on the shovelling question, are like the Sailors' Union, because the vessels in both cases have nothing to say about that which concerns them most.


Launch at Garden Island of the New Steam Barge

Honoring The Head of the Firm.

Calvin & Son's new steamer D.D. Calvin was successfully launched yesterday afternoon. The vessel glided gracefully into the water and looks very well indeed. She was towed around the harbor by the steamer Chieftain for inspection by the citizens and returned to Garden Island about 5 p.m. She was built by the old veteran Henry Roney, who has been upwards of 80 years in the same employment. Seeing him dodging in and out from under the vessel, inspecting everything before giving the final command, "Let her go, boys," one would think he was good for thirty years more.

The steamer is named after the ex-M.P.P., D.D. Calvin, Esq., the senior member of the firm; although he has built and owned scores of vessels, this is the first one that bears his name. If she succeeds in business as well as the "Governor" (as he is familiarly dubbed by his employees) she will do.

The vessel is 180 feet long, 32 feet beam, 15 feet hold. She is very strongly built of the best quality of white oak and thoroughly salted throughout, and is to be commanded by Captain A.H. Malone (the Commodore of Calvin & Son's fleet) who has a one-fourth interest in her. She will probably be used in the pine timber trade between Lake Superior and this port, and besides carrying a cargo herself, will tow three or four schooners. Her engines were designed by J.F. Pankhurst, and were built by the Globe Iron Works of Cleveland, Ohio. They are of the fore and aft type of compound, with 27 inches high-pressure cylinder, and 50 inch low-pressure cylinder, with a stroke of 36 inches. The cylinders are of the best charcoal iron with the exhaust pipe from the high-pressure cylinder connected direct to the steam chest of the low pressure cylinder. This pipe is on the back of the engines and out of the way. The cranks are set diametrically opposite, thus avoiding the necessity of a receiver. The engines are reversed by steam with an auxiliary engine of peculiar construction, and so positive in its motion and so powerful, that the engine can be stopped and reversed instantly under full steam. The crank-shaft is built up with forged cranks and steel pins, fitted so that it can be easily taken apart in case of a broken pin. Both cylinders are fitted with cut-off valves, working on the backs of the main valves, and are adjusted to any point of cut-off by a sword-arm.

The boiler is of Siemens-Martin steel plates and calculated to resist a pressure of 162 pounds to the square inch. It will be fitted with the Aetna patent shaking grate. Both boiler and engines were built by the Globe Works, Cleveland, under the superintendance of Mr. John Hazlett, of this city, who will be engineer of the new steamer. Mr. Hazlett says it was amusing to hear the remarks made by some of the Americans on the extra strength of the boiler. "Say," said one fellow, "did you see that boiler and engine made by the Globe Works for that Canady feller. Geewhittaker, ain't she a buster?"

The steamer will probably leave here tomorrow evening for Cleveland in tow of steamer Chieftain, to receive her machinery.


The Puritan is supplied with a first class metallic life boat costing $300.

The schr. Annie Falconer, open for charter, is unloading coal at the K. & P.R.R. wharf.

The schr. St. Louis is on her way to Port Dalhousie with lumber from Trenton at $1.25.

It is rumored that another yacht race for third class crafts will occur next Saturday afternoon.

The tug D.G. Thomson with four barges has cleared for Montreal with 40,000 bush. grain and 320,000 feet of lumber.

The schr. Acacia is en route to Kingston with wheat from Detroit at 5 cents. She has been on the upper lakes for two months.

The str. Princess Louise has made her last trip to the Thousand Island Park. In future she will only run to Gananoque.

Capt. Taylor inspected the steambarge Resolute at Deseronto a few days ago and she classes A 1. She is the finest craft yet built in Deseronto.

The Captain of the Flora Carveth says he has made more money on the lakes this season than any other vessel. He doesn't belong to the Salvation Army either.

Capt. Scott, of the prop. Persia, was smiling handsomely this morning when he landed at the wharf. He was bound for Montreal and had 106 passengers on board.

The steamers of the Royal Mail Line are carrying many passengers. The westbound boats are generally well loaded. The cost of going to Toronto and return is $4. These special rates continue until the end of the month.

In the second class race of the Toronto Yacht Club the Emma and Iolanthe had a contest. The former won by half a minute in 15 miles. The first prize was $50; the second $25.

Capt. Merryman is rushing the work of raising the prop. Prussia. A tug and two schooners from here have gone down to the scene of the wreck. They will be placed on each side of the craft, chains will be put under the Prussia and she will be "jacked" up and pumped out.

Western Marine Notes.

The str. City of Toronto is making arrangements to get on Muir Bros.' dry docks, Port Dalhousie, for general rebuild as soon as the Cuba is off. The Inspector refused her permission to carry passengers.

The str. Empress of India calls at Niagara both ways between Port Dalhousie and Toronto. She is making much better time than when she first came out, but will require considerable alterations to her boilers yet before she is a success.

Neelon's new iron frame steambarge, under construction at Shickluna's shipyard, St. Catharines, will not be ready before next spring. She will be full size St. Lawrence Canal and will be a steamer very much like the Myles. George Thurston is master builder, and Oille, of St. Catharines, puts in the machinery.

They have telephonic communication between Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines and Thorold.

The wreck of the prop. Glenfinlas was sold by public auction yesterday. The hull, boiler, and machinery sold for $950 to Capt. Jas. Murray, of St. Catharines.

p.4 Loss of the Lady Elgin - collision with schr. Augusta remembered.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 12, 1883