The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1889

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p.1 Steamyachts In Port - Mamie C., of Comfort Island, Alexandria Bay and Nama, of Montreal - some description.

Down The River - The veteran captain of the river, James B. Estes, of the Sylvan Stream, is seventy-one years old, but appears to have all the energy and strength of a man of forty. He is father of Capt. Milo D. Estes, of the str. St. Lawrence.


On Wednesday morning Mr. L.B. Spencer's new steam yacht, Wherenow, was launched from the ways near the paint works. She is now being painted and finished. The yacht was designed by Mr. Power, who also designed a similar model for Sir Hugh Allan many years ago. The Wherenow has five (fine ?) lines forward and aft, a handsome relieving bow with a neat figure head with carving on each side on trail boards representing the Union Jack and American shield, surrounded by leaves and vines. The stern is eliptic in form and much admired. Her dimensions are: Length on load line, 66 feet; length over all, 78 feet; beam on load line, 12.08 feet. She is composite build; frames 2 x 2 1/2 x 1/2 inches and eighteen inch centres. She has intermediate light frames between each pair, making the room and space of frames nine inches. Her keel plate is 5 by 5/16 inches, extending from the head of the stem to the transom. Main keelson 9 inches deep, double angle steel riveted to floors, double angles back to back. She has two bilge keelsons, double angles, 2 x 1 1/2 inches, and butt strapped at all connections. Her gunwale plate is 5 x 3/16 inches, connected with an angle bar extending the whole length of the sides. Four plates 9 inches deep with reverse bars crossing the same and extending to the upper stringer, excepting some frames fore and aft which are supported by brackets to receive bilge, keelsons and stringer. She has a longitudinal breast hook and collision breast hook. The planking wood is secured to each frame by two bolt screws in each plank. The frame is entirely composed of steel. The cabin, containing staterooms and saloon, is finished in mahogany and encresto work. The upholstering is of beautiful blue material handsomely done in the cabin, captain and engineer's rooms.

General Paragraphs - The Kingston and Montreal Forwarding company, Portsmouth, has purchased Mr. Mitchell's shipyard and marine railway. The company will do much repairing to its barges on the railway during the winter.

The tug Charles Ferris started this morning with five barges laden with lumber, for Oswego. She had not proceeded far when she came back. The last two barges were not steered properly. She left two of the barges here.


The schr. White Oak cleared for Oswego light.

The schr. Julia arrived yesterday from Oswego with coal.

The tug D.G. Thomson arrived last night from Montreal with two light barges.

The schrs. Melbourne and Maria Martin are loading corn in Chicago for Kingston. Their capacity is 35,000 bushels each.

The prop. Lake Michigan has arrived, bound for Montreal, with the first cargo of new wheat of the season on board.

The old steamer Empress, sunk near Garden Island, will yield forty tons of iron to the purchaser who will break her up.

Last evening the eighth raft, forwarded by the Collinsby rafting company to Quebec, cleared in tow of the steamer McArthur. The raft contains five drams and two lockages.

W.B. Leslie, who has contracted to raise the str. Armstrong, left this morning for the scene of the wreck. The tug McArthur took with her the barge Robert Gaskin on which all the necessary plant for executing the job has been placed. A small scow was also taken along. Mr. Leslie says he is going down fully prepared. He has everything required, in fact more than is really necessary, but he preferred this to delays hereafter in securing supplies. He has three pontoons with him. He thinks two will only be required. However, one may be used under the stern. The pontoons are huge affairs. The water is blown out of them by compressed air and the lifting capacity of each one is 100 tons. The pontoons are sunk and attached to them are chains, each link of which weighs forty eight pounds. The chains go through the pontoons through iron tubes and are braced on the outside. A derrick has been erected on the barge Gaskin for the purpose of lowering the pontoons and chains. "When we are all ready," said Mr. Leslie, "we can raise the boat in a short time. I have promised to notify Kingstonians when I am ready and I expect a boat load of them to come down and see the work accomplished." Mr. Leslie has not yet secured his divers. He is in correspondence with several at Ogdensburg. They were to meet him in Brockville today. "If I cannot arrange with them," he said, "I will go on to Quebec and secure them."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1889