The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1889

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The steamer Modjeska, built at Glasgow by Messrs. Napier, Shanks & Bell, arrived at Swift's wharf last evening. A large crowd viewed her. No one was allowed on board. Her commander is Capt. Marcomson (sic - Malcolmson ?), late of the steamer Acadia. P. Walsh is mate and J. Anderson first engineer. The crew on board is only for the trip to Toronto. The Modjeska is a steel turn screw steamer, specially designed and built to the order of the Hamilton steamboat company for service between Hamilton and Toronto. It is intended, from the high rate of speed promised, to make two trips each day between these towns. The length of the steamer is 185 feet over all. Her breadth at main deck is 30 feet, and at waterline 25 feet; depth moulded to main deck, 13 feet; gross tonnage about 500 tons. She has main and promenade decks the whole length of the vessel, with a permanent wood awning above all, extending from the foremast to the stern. The hull, of Siemens-Martin steel, has fine lines, more resembling those of a yacht than a merchant vessel. Passenger accommodation being the requirement the whole of the decks and deck houses are devoted to this, the dining saloon being placed on the lower deck at the after end.

The upper saloon and stairway on main deck are neatly finished in finest Spanish mahogany and the ceiling richly decorated, a handsome piano being also provided, and all metal fittings being silver-plated. The promenade deck is furnished with luxurious seats. The electric light is fitted throughout the vessel. The machinery, by Messrs. Dunsmuir & Jackson, Glasgow, consists of triple expansion engines of the most improved type, fulfilling all the requirements of the British Board of Trade, together with the special requirements of the Canadian navigation laws. The installation of the electric lighting was done by Paterson & Cooper, Glasgow and London. The main speed of the vessel is 16 1/4 knots, being in excess of contract.

She made the run between the Scottish port and Montreal in a fraction less than 17 days. She is able to carry 900 persons with their baggage. The main cabin is 60 feet long. She cost $100,000.


The schr. C. Gearing cleared this morning for Oswego with lumber.

The barge Nebraska has been hauled out at Davis' dry dock for repairs.

Capt. Collier has purchased the other half of the steamer Reindeer, and is now sole proprietor.

The prop. Acadia, Chicago, after discharging her cargo of 5,852 bushels corn this morning, left for Montreal.

The prop. Cuba coaled at Swift's this morning. She was bound from Montreal to Chicago with a full cargo of freight.

Capt. T. Murphy will raise the schr. John T. Mott sunk near Colchester Reef four years ago with 650 tons of hard coal.

Part of Point Frederick shoals on which Captain Paul and fourteen men are working has been lowered to the depth of fifteen feet.

Arrivals: Prop. St. Magnus, Toledo, 35,000 bushels corn; schr. Hanlan, 202 tons coal; steamer Traveller, Fairhaven, the barges Huron and Princess in tow.

For the investigation, touching the loss of the crew of the barge Bavaria, over thirty witnesses are summoned, and the investigation will likely last two weeks.

The tug boat McArthur, belonging to the Collinsby rafting and forwarding company, was seized at Prescott for not reporting inwards and outwards. The tug took a boom of logs to Prescott and then went across to Ogdensburg and returned without reporting on either occasion. From what we can hear an officious officer showed his authority.

p.2 Wolfe Island Council - a keen competition on ferry dock.

-ferry lease offerred to St. Lawrence Steamboat co. for seven years from expiration of present lease on the same conditions as present lease, and give them the privilege of drawing off the 8 o'clock trip on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, said offer to remain open until June 6th...

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1889