The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1888

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The schr. Grantham will load ore for Cleveland.

The schr. Speedwell, from Charlotte, is at Swift's with soft coal.

The schr. White, from Oswego, has discharged coal at Portsmouth, and the schrs. Singapore and Fisher are now at the penitentiary with coal.

The steambarge Rhoda Emily would not have struck the shoal in the harbour the other day if it had been buoyed. The wharves and harbour committee met about a month ago and recommended that thirteen buoys be placed in dangerous places in the harbour. But the buoys have not yet appeared.

About ten days ago parties visited Point Petre, the False Ducks and Timber Island. They came from Colborne in a small boat examining the shore to see if they could find anything that belonged to the schr. Blanche, but their search was unsuccessful. It is reported that the missing schooner has been found sunk between the Bonnet Light and Presqu'ile Bay, her topmast being partly above water.

The steam launch Cruiser, lately owned by A. Gilmour, Ottawa, is now on the Portsmouth marine railway undergoing extensive repairs. The planking is being replaced from bilge to wall. The timbers on the bilges, originally steam bent, are now being strengthened by sawed crooks. The ceiling on the bilges will be renewed and the whole boat repainted. She is expected to be ready in three weeks and go on a tour of inspection, in connection with the fisheries department, in command of Captain A.F. Holmes, of Napanee.



Thomas Marks & Co., Port Arthur, are the owners of the new steel steamer Algonquin, which was launched upon the Clyde, near Glasgow, Scotland, and built by Nepier, Shenks & Bell of Glasgow. The building was commenced in November 1887, and completed April 15th, 1888. Freighted with a general cargo the Algonquin left Glasgow April 29th for Montreal, at which port she arrived all right about May 11th. She was built with two bulkheads, running at right angles to her keel across the ship, one being eighty six feet from her bow, and the other one a few feet further toward her stern. At Montreal the rivets fastening the steel plates were cut between the bulkheads, and the steamer was taken asunder. The two sections were towed by six tugs, the rear section being placed stern forward, and they were six days in going through the system of canals upon the Lower St. Lawrence, and up to the marine railway at Ogdensburg, where the bow section arrived on June 6th, and the other section the next day. New rivets were made to take the place of those that were cut when the vessel was taken asunder. The bow section was taken out of the water upon the marine railway first, and then shored up to allow the carriage to pass back into the water, when the rear section was brought up, and, being much the heavier, was allowed to remain stationary, and the other, being lighter, was adjusted to the bow section by means of a screw and hydraulic jacks. When in position it was ready for the insertion of the new rivets, which were placed in the very holes from which the other ones were cut, and when the work was completed no one could tell, from the external appearance, that the steamer had been ever cut asunder. The boat arrived here on Sunday and is loading iron rails at Portsmouth for the west. She will run this season between Kingston and Port Arthur or Duluth. The entire cost of the Algonquin will be about $127,000. She is a freight boat, but her cabins are more elegantly fitted up than any freight boats upon the lakes. Additional strength is given to the steel plated sides of the Algonquin from the peculiar plan of her cabin and officers' quarters, which plan was designed by Mr. Kirby of Detroit, one of the best marine architects along the line of the lakes. Her engine is one of the most improved Scotch pattern, and is stronger and more powerful than that of any vessel of her capacity upon the lakes. It is a triple compound engine, and indicates one thousand three hundred and fifty horse power. Her total length is 253 feet, and her draft of water, when fully laden, is 19 feet, with ballast 8 1/2 feet. She was rated at Lloyd's 100 A 1. She is foreign bottom and British registered, coming into Canada free, with the right to ply on the lakes with all the privileges of a Canadian vessel.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1888