The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George Farwell (Propeller), 3 Nov 1898

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Slow About Additional Charters For the Coast. - There seems to be some doubt about the consummation, as planned, of the project of the Manhattan Steamship Co. of New York for the purchase or charter of several lake steamers to be placed on a new line from New York to Portland, Me., as outlined elsewhere in this issue. The steamer RUNNELS. which is now at New York. is the only lake vessel ready to enter the service of the new company. The LLOYD S. PORTER. which had been chartered. met with a mishap while en route down the St. Lawrence and was sunk below Quebec. There would seem to be little chance for the recovery of the vessel. inasmuch as she is in 30 feet of water and there is a strong current in the vicinity. Insurance on the PORTER aggregates $40.000. It was placed through Johnson & Higgins. The Manhattan people are understood to be still negotiating through their general manager Newcomb. for the steamer F. W. FLETCHER. owned by F. W. Gilchrist of Alpena and also for the steamer GEORGE FARWELL. owned in Cleveland. The fact that the VIKING has started on another trip up the lakes would seem to indicate that there is no chance of her going to the coast, and that it was probably never intended she should go.
      The Marine Review
      November 3, 1898

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George Farwell (Propeller), 3 Nov 1898