Mr. John Craig of Toledo, and three members of the firm of Miller, Bull & Knowlton of New York, owners of the steel steamer MAE, just completed at the Craig yard for coast service, are aboard the vessel on her trip down the Welland canal and St. Lawrence river. On a draught of a trifle less than 14 feet the MAE loaded 58,000 bushels of corn.
The Marine Review
July 13, 1899
A telegram to the Review from the Calvin Co. of Kingston, Ont., just after the paper went to press last week announced the safe passage through the rapids of the steamer MAE, built by the Craig Ship Building Co. of Toledo, for Atlantic coast service. The MAE, the largest and heaviest craft ever taken from the lakes to the ocean ran through without the slightest mishap, in tow of the Calvin company's steamer CHIEFTAIN thus demonstrating conclusively the feasibility of transferring vessels of this character to the coast.
The Marine Review
July 27, 1899
Kingston, Ont., August 1 - The recent trip through the rapids of the steel steamer MAE, the largest vessel ever transferred from the great lakes to the Atlantic coast, via the St. Lawrence has proven the most interesting event of the present season of navigation in this locality. The MAE was built by the Craig Ship Building Co. of Toledo, O., for the Porto Rico trade and is 250 feet keel, 42 feet beam and 24 feet depth. She has triple expansion engines of 19, 30 and 52 inches diameter of cylinders and 40 inches stroke, two Scotch boilers. l 2 by 12 ½ feet, allowed 175 pounds steam pressure. As this vessel was too large to pass through the St. Lawrence canals she had to attempt the feat of running the rapids. After discharging a cargo of grain in Kingston, she proceeded under her own steam to Ogdensburg, arriving there on Sunday, July ltd. From there she was taken in tow of the steamer CHIEFTAIN of the Calvin Wrecking Co., and proceeded as far as Coteau Landing, arriving there on Monday Something having gone wrong with the MAE's steam steering apparatus, it was given a thorough overhaul and the defective part repaired, and on Tuesday the steamer, drawing 7 feet 9 inches of water started on her perilous journey down the Coteau Rapids in tow of the CHIEFTAIN. She swept past the Coteau railway bridge without mishap. Upon taking her first plunge in the Coteau rapids, however, her steam steering gear again gave out, leaving her to the mercy of the waves, but the plucky commander of the CHIEFTAIN, realizing the danger, at once swung his steamer around in the current. He brought the MAE head to current and her anchors were thrown just below the big shoal known as "La bature de franc cocur," where she fetched up all safe in the eddy formed by this shoal. The steering gear was once more put in repair, and on Thursday the anchors were raised and another start made. Arriving opposite the great swells known as "La chute aux bouleaux" (the largest in the whole chain of rapids), the vessel took a sheer northwards, straight for the big shoal where the Standard Oil Co.'s barge stranded a year ago, but the Chieftain crowded on full steam and pulled her clear of it. The next place where trouble was expected is called "La bature a Lachinette," but the steamer, as if to atone for her previous shortcomings, made this winding descent as beautifully as any of the mail steamers could have done. Split rock, Grecian's shoals and Cascades were then successively passed in safety, and without further adventure the largest and deepest draught steamship ever attempted through the rapids glided safely into the still waters of Lake St. Louis. Mr. John Craig, the builder of the MAE was on board and expressed himself as being highly pleased with the trip.
The Marine Review
August 3, 1899