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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 6, 1888

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This morning the steamship Macassa, a handsomely modelled steel twin screw steamer, arrived at Swift's wharf. She was built at Port Glasgow for the Hamilton steamboat company and is on her way west. She is for passenger service and will run between Hamilton and Toronto. It is expected that she can run 17 miles per hour. The trip across the ocean was a pleasant one and made in fifteen days. It would have been accomplished in less time had not ice interfered with the progress of the steamer. She is in command of Capt. Hardie, who very kindly answered the numerous enquiries about the boat made by the visitors.

The dimensions of the boat and length over all, 166 ft.; breadth 22 ft.; depth 16 ft. 3 inches; and 45 tons gross (sic). She was built by Messrs. William Hamilton and company, Port Glasgow. The arrangements made for the accommodation of passengers is of the most complete and handsome description. The principal saloon on main deck is elegantly finished in polished hard woods, with carved panels of unique design representative of several nationalities as well as of various popular games and pastimes. The saloon is luxuriously upholstered, the sofas being done in plush velvet, handsome silk curtains to windows, and the floors being covered with velvet pile carpets. Arrangements are made for dining parties in this saloon, pantry and bar, etc., being fitted up in similar style. The ladies' cabin and retiring room are placed at the after end of the saloon, and are tastefully finished in white and gold with similar upholstery to the saloon. The whole is lighted by large square windows giving good light and ventilation. A purser's room and ticket office is fitted at forward end of saloon and captain's room on opposite side. Lavatories, galley and other conveniences are fitted in forward part of main deck, which is also seated for passengers, and arranged for carrying light freight. There are two gangway doors fitted on each side of 'tween decks forming passengers' entrance. Side lights, 12 in. diameter, are fitted all round. Accommodation for crew is fitted under main deck forward. On upper deck there is a long house, the after part of which is fitted up as a deck saloon. This saloon is finished in white and gold and elegantly upholstered, and contains four retiring-rooms, furnished with all usual fittings. The deck-house is fitted with large square sliding windows, all fore and aft, affording excellent light and ventilation, and patent ventilators are fitted to the various rooms in addition. A handsome staircase leads from deck saloon to the saloon below. In forward part of deckhouse a smoking room and bar are fitted, and in front of that is the steering house. Seats are formed all round the steamer on upper deck, and are arranged to fold down. The vessel is fitted throughout with the electric light, and has all the latest modern improvements. She is fitted with two sets of triple-expansion engines of about 750 H.P., which have been made by Mr. William Kemp, Govan. On leaving the ways the vessel was named Macassa, the christening ceremony being gracefully performed by Miss E.B. Hamilton, Benclutha. The steamer sailed for Canada early in May under the command of Captain Hardie. Mr. Griffith, president of the Hamilton steamboat company, and Mr. M'Aulay, of Hamilton, were present at the launch. The handsome steamer will meet a much felt want, and is sure to be greatly appreciated by the people of Hamilton and Toronto.

The officers of the boat are: first mate, J. Steele; second mate, Galloway; chief engineer, D. McArthur.

Notes of General Interest.

The steamer Persia called at Swift's wharf last evening on her way to Montreal.

The steamer Spartan arrived yesterday, going west on her first trip. She had a large passenger list and a large cargo of freight. The steamer Corinthian arrived today.

The steamer Westminster, fitted with a new boiler and other improvements, will take her place on the route between Westminster Park and Alexandria Bay on June 7th.

The steamer Ella Ross has been improved since last season, twelve additional staterooms being added to her passenger accommodation, and her outlines being entirely renovated, and the hull repainted.

Arrivals: prop. Tilley and schrs. Benson, Merritt and Neelan, Fort William, 110,000 bushels wheat; schr. Clara White, Oswego, 127 tons coal; S.S. Macassa, Port Glasgow, light.

Clearances: schr. Kate Kelly, Oswego, light; schr. F.L. Wells, Charlotte, light; schr. Eliza White, Oswego, 116,000 feet lumber; schr. Annie Foster, Charlotte, cedar posts; prop. Niagara, Manistee, light.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 6, 1888