The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1871

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p.2 Shipping News - The weather yesterday and during last night was stormy with an east wind, and in consequence there has been a lull in the shipping business. There were no grain arrivals since yesterday's report. The steamer Spartan, due at four o'clock this morning on her way down, had not arrived at noon, detained by the storm. The M.T. Company dispatched the tug Glide this morning with four barges, with 45,000 bushels of wheat. The steam barge Waterlily, from the Rideau Canal, arrived this morning.

Launch of a New Steamer - A new steamer christened Louise was launched yesterday from the yard of Messrs. J.B. Auger & Co. She was built for the Montreal and Ottawa Forwarding Company, and is to run between Kingston and Ottawa on the Rideau route. She is of the size of the Rideau Canal locks, and so constructed as to provide ample cabin and deck room for a considerable number of passengers. She is 113 feet by 30, and many improvements have been introduced in her construction, which it is confidently believed will render her more serviceable and more comfortable. She is fitted up with commodious cabins and about 20 berths, all of which will be heated by steam. After the launch the directors and a number of guests and friends gathered round a very comfortable collation, and drunk success to the new boat and to the Montreal and Ottawa Navigation Company. The healths of Mr. Auger, Mr. Molson, Mr. Bonner and others were also proposed and responded to, during which a pleasant hour was spent. The new boat will, doubtless, be found to supply a long felt want among the travelling public. [Montreal News]


The arrival of the Corsican yesterday, after her first trip, gave an opportunity of inspecting the latest addition to the Canadian Navigation Company's splendid line of steamers, and as she is a good type of the others a short description may not be uninteresting. The Corsican was built last year by Messrs. Barclay, Curie & Co., Glasgow, sent out in sections, and put together in Messrs. Cantin's shipyard by Mr. E.E. Gilbert. The hull is of iron, down to the turn of the bilge, the bottom from the turn being of rock elm firmly secured to the iron frame. She is thus built in what may be called semi composite style, having all the buoyancy and roominess of an iron vessel, with the greatest amount of safety afforded by a stout wooden bottom in event of grounding or of grazing rocks in running the rapids. Her dimensions are: length, 181 feet; breadth of beam, 27 feet, and depth of hold 11 feet. Her engines and boilers are from the engine works of Mr. E.E. Gilbert, and do credit to the builders. The cylinder, which rest on a strong iron engine frame, is inclined, so as to avoid the inconvenience often experienced of an engine hanging on the centre; is 45 inches diameter and 10 feet stroke, the engine of 200 horse power. The Corsican is very strong, and being of beautiful model, the engines drive her through the water at great speed, without strain and with scarcely perceptible vibration. Her 'tween decks and holds give great accommodation for freight, and steerage passengers are comfortably housed on the main deck. The natural inquiry of tourists and pleasure seekers is, however, more as to what has been done for their enjoyment and comfort on what is probably one of the most delightful excursions that can be made on this continent. Well, there is no lavish extravagance in the furnishing of the saloons and staterooms, but no needful expense has been spared. The saloon itself, painted white, picked out with gold, extends nearly the whole length of the vessel, its appearance being light and cheerful. Well stuffed sofas, lounges, and other seats are in plentiful supply, and a piano from one of the best makers stands ready to be touched by skilful hands. Fifty staterooms - a double berth below and a single one above - are on each side of the saloon, everything to the minutest detail being as clean and pure as soap and water can make it. Below and entering from the main deck is the ladies' saloon fitted up in somewhat more elaborate style, state-rooms being provided off the saloon for ladies travelling alone. Below this again is the gentlemen's room, having berths round the side of the vessel, toilet conveniences being fully provided for all. Capt. Fairgrieve appears to take a pardonable pride in pointing out all the excellencies of his ship, and the care that is taken by his subordinates, to have everything free of speck, stain or dust, the brass works on deck and saloons shining like gold, and the metals of the engine gleaming like polished silver. [Montreal Herald]

p.4 The schooner Mary Ann of Belleville, which has been rebuilt during the past winter by Wm. Danielson, ship carpenter, at Mill Point, was successfully launched from the shipyard of Messrs. Rathbun & Son.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1871