The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 27, 1872

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p.2 Marine News - Capt. Dexter Eccles, of Wolfe Island, has purchased the schooner O.S. Storrs for $6,000. Capt. A. Eccles, of the same place, purchased a short time since the schooner Fisher for $5,700. Considerable activity prevails among the nautical men at the present time.

The Navigation Season of 1872 - Recently we gave the list of steamers composing the Royal Mail Line, which will be commanded by the old favorites, but there are some changes. The reader, no doubt, missed from that summary the name of Captain Fairgrieve, so long and well known to the travelling public, and in explanation of this we find the following in the Hamilton Spectator of a late issue:

"This morning we paid a visit to Mr. Robertson's shipyard (known as Zealand's yard) to witness the progress made in the fine propeller now being built for Capt. Fairgrieve. We are informed by a gentleman thoroughly competent to judge, that the boat is one of the most substantial built boats on the lakes, and her model and lines are unsurpassed in marine architecture. She is 144 feet 5 inches over all; depth of hold, 11 feet 6 inches; breadth of beam, 26 feet 1 inch; and measures 375 tons. Her capacity is between 16,000 and 17,000 bushels of grain. Her frame and planks are all of the best white oak timber. She is arched forward and aft, and securely fastened with screw bolts which add very materially to her strengh and stability. Her timbers around where the engine and boiler are to be placed, are also fastened with screw bolts, so that in case any shrinkage takes place the planks and timbers can immediately screwed up tight. The stern of the boat is modelled after an entirely novel principle, which also adds strength to that portion of the boat. Her engine will be on the compound principle, and the first of the kind ever introduced. Mr. Robertson, the builder, informed us that she will be ready for launching about the 1st of April. Estimated cost, $20,000."

This is one of the seven new propellers, now building to ply on the great lakes and River St. Lawrence, to which we had reference in last evening's News. The travelling public will greatly miss Captain Fairgrieve, during the ensuing season. His genial, kind and courteous manner to all with whom he came in contact, having made him hosts of friends. We wish him the most abundant success.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 27, 1872