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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1879

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A New Steamer

Yesterday afternoon we had a pleasant sail down the river on the occasion of a trial trip of Mr. H.C. Rothwell's new steamer, the Princess Louise, a neat and smart little craft, intended to ply between this city, Gananoque and Wells' Island. We have no doubt she will prove a great boon to the travelling community between these points. The Princess was modelled and built during the past winter. She is 80 feet long over all, and 16 feet beam, and having a light draft of water will be very fast. Her engine and boiler were manufactured by Messrs. Davidson, Doran & Co., who have a wide reputation for turning out first class marine engines and boilers, that are second to none for durability and economy of fuel. The engine is of the vertical style, of improved pattern, very strong and neatly finished, and appears to have amply power for its work; the cylinder being 12 x 12 inches. All the parts appeared to work as smoothly as if they had been in use for many months instead of fresh from the shops. The boiler is a superior one, of the return flue tubular type, and is intended to carry a steam pressure of 100 pounds to the square inch. We were surprised to observe what a small quantity of fuel produced an abundance of steam. In fact it appeared to be a trouble to keep it from blowing off at the safety valve. We wish the little boat every success, and hope that Captain Rothwell's enterprise in putting her on this now popular route may be fully recognized by the travelling public.

The little passenger steamer built for Captain Rothwell, of Kingston, is to run from Gananoque to Kingston. Length over all, 82 feet; beam over all, 17 feet; depth 6 feet. This boat is modelled with flaring sides; the dead rise is 4 inches to the foot; floors straight from keel to bilge, with short knuckle; straight stem, with top and racking aft; the stern with a long fantail and clean run; wheel 4 1/2 feet diameter, 2 feet back of stern post, for the purpose of getting solid water; rudder 4 feet long, back of wheel, with tiller and steering gear under main deck, out of sight, with chain leading on each side to pilot-box.

Marine News

The steambarge Active arrived with two barge loads of coal for the M.T. Co.

K. & M.F. Co. - Arrived - prop. Acadia lightened 3,000 bushels of corn from Toledo. Left - the barges Virginia, 13,500 bushels of peas and wheat; Minnie, 14,000 bushels of corn and rye.

Schr. Two Friends, loading with ties, leaves for Buffalo tonight. The str. Louise left this morning with a cargo of fish for Sandusky, and also took assistance to relieve the crew on board the Princess Alexandria at anchor below point Pelee, leaking badly.

Port Colborne, May 22nd - Passed since last report - Up - schooner Mary Battle, Kingston, Toledo, light. Down - schr. L.L. Lamb, Toledo, Ogdensburg, grain; Lewis Ross, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; Shandon, Ludington, Collins Bay, timber. Prop. Alma Munro, Toledo, Montreal, general cargo.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1879