The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1886

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Last fall the Montreal Transportation Company purchased the prop. Argyle. The steamer at the time of the sale was needing repairs so the company thought it wise, in order to make her serviceable as a tow boat, for which purpose they secured her, to rebuild her. She was hauled out at the company's shipyard, near the Tete du Pont barracks, cut in two and lengthened. Then all the unsound timber found in the hull was extracted and sound wood substituted. The boat was thoroughly overhauled from stem to stern. When the carpenters had finished their work the painters took the vessel in charge. Her hull received coats of green and blue paint, and her cabins shaded with light colors. The name Argyle was discarded and on her bows were painted M.T. Co.'s Line Glengarry. Yesterday at four o'clock she was ready for launching. Hundreds of people assembled to see the event. In the vicinity of the ways were people packed closely together while the vessels and barges near the yard were thronged with spectators. Three tugs, the Jessie Hall, the Bronson and the Glide were hitched to the stern of the Glengarry by lines to assist the steamer in moving down the ways.When Mr. P. Doyle, who has charge of the shipyard signified that everything was ready one of the tugs blew her whistle. The three tugs moved off and the lines creaked with the strain that was put upon them. The Glengarry did not at once seem inclined to leave her winter's berth. After a little while, however, she began to slide and cheers rent the air. Suddenly she increased her speed, and when she got nearly half way down the slide Miss Minnie Dunlop smashed a bottle, containing champagne upon her bow, and so christened her. The steamer reached the water safely and majestically rode its surface. The tugs took her to Cataraqui Bay where she was turned around. The Jessie Hall's lines were then attached to her bow and the tug Glide was connected at her stern. The three boats proceeded towards the bridge. When they got near it the Glengarry appeared as if she would collide with its side, but the captain of the Hall saw the danger and quickly averted it. When they got to the west side of the bridge a vessel captain observed, "I know what caused the Glengarry to act so awkwardly. It is because she has no rudder." He thought it was a rather dangerous undertaking to take the vessel through the opening when she was not properly fitted out. The boats went to the Queen street slip where the Glengarry was tied up. She is now a good boat, and will be put on the upper lake service, and probably tow the schrs. Glenora and Gaskin. Her machinery and motive powers is first-class.

Incidents Of The Day - The Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company have ratified an agreement with the St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. for the purchase of property and good will; price paid was $30,000, and $100,000 in stock of R. & O. Nav. Co.



The Rideau Canal will be opened on May 3rd.

The schr. Ocean Wave is being fitted out.

Mr. Henderson is drafting a portrait of the prop. Glengarry.

First arrival of the season - the schr. Vienna from Charlotte with coal.

The schr. Clara White has cleared for the Cape with a cargo of lumber.

The schr. Two Brothers, hay from Wolfe Island, arrived today.

The sloop Lorraine, Howe Island, is discharging 4,500 bush. of peas at Richardson's.

The tug W. Johnson took a raft of square timber to Garden Island this morning.

Yesterday the str. Armenia had her wheel broken by a collision with a submerged log at Trenton.

The sails of the schr. W.R. Taylor were bent today. She sails for Cheboygan on Saturday.

The schooner H. Dudley is en route from Oswego with 200 tons of coal for Richardson & Son and Stevenson's.

The Folger Bros. have given Mr. Campbell permission to purchase an electric light dynamo for them. It is to be located on the Maud and supply four lights on the steamer, two in her cabins and two on her decks.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1886