The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 11, 1887

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The tug James A. Walker was given a spin about the harbour yesterday afternoon.

The str. Rideau Belle made her last trip down the Rideau River this season today.

Collector Morse, of Cape Vincent, issues a notice that the name of the str. John Thorn has been changed to that of Islander.

Owing to boisterous weather the str. Hero had to seek shelter at Amherst Island yesterday until the gale moderated. She did not reach the city before 6:30, and cleared for the bay at 10 o'clock.

Every point where it is possible for the schr. Bessie Barwick to find shelter has been visited, and it is now clearly apparent that she is lost. She was 385 tons capacity, built in 1866, and worth $4,000. In June last she was purchased by Hamilton parties. Miss Laycock, cook, was of Kingston, though her parents reside at Arnprior.


Another fine steel propeller is to be added to our inland marine by Messrs. Marks & Co., Port Arthur. This vessel will be built expressly for the grain trade, and will find constant employment between Port Arthur and Kingston. She will have no passenger accommodations, except three spare rooms for her owners. When built she will be one of the largest propellers in Canadian waters. The contract calls for the delivery of the ship on April 15th, and it is confidently expected that she will be in commission on the lakes by June 1st. Her dimensions are: 250 feet long by 40 feet beam and 23 feet moulded depth. This new boat will have the most modern style of triple expansion engines, 21 x 31 x 52 inches bore by 36 inches stroke. Steam is furnished by two steel boilers, with a pressure of 160 pounds. The vessel is estimated to carry, on 14 feet draught, 2,000 tons of cargo; on 16 feet, 2,500, and to have a speed, when so loaded, of 12 miles an hour. The full import of the figures is here. Beyond any doubt she will carry 67,000 bushels of wheat to Kingston without lightering. This will stamp her as the biggest carrying vessel of her size on the lakes. Then her engines will be of such a power as would enable her to tow a vessel as large as herself if occasion required. The length of the vessel will necessitate her being cut in two to pass through the St. Lawrence canals.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 11, 1887