The New Steamer Being Built at St. Catharines for the Bay of Quinte Route - Just below Lock No. 3, Welland Canal, Melancthon Simpson, a man who has no superior in Canada as a shipbuilder, has on the stocks one of the handsomest modeled screw steamers we have seen in some time. She is being built for the Bay of Quinte & Oswego navigation Company, the company which owns the Kincardine, and will when she is launched ply between this city and Belleville, touching at ports on the Bay of Quinte. The builder has shown excellent taste in the lines of the new boat, for she has a clean, well cut run, is sharp forward, with good entrance, and has what so many steam crafts are deficient in, a graceful sheer. The keel of the new steamer was laid last April, but such was the desire of the company and builder to put a boat afloat staunch in every respect and an honor to Lake Ontario, that the work has been hurried, and the result will be a steamer complete in every part, with a hull of the best of seasoned oak.
The finish of her cabin will be far ahead of anything ever seen here, the arrangement of it being such as to allow an exhibition of skill in wood work in the way of panels, scrolls, ribbons, brackets and pilasters. On the main deck aft will be the kitchen, office, purser's baggage and engineer's room; while the deck hands and fireman will have a forecastle below the main deck.
The cabin on the upper deck will be for passengers exclusively, excepting a state room
for the captain, and will contain twenty state rooms with accommodations in each room for three persons. The hall through the cabin runs from the forward end to the stern and will be well ventilated. At the forward end of the cabin will be a parlor, similar to those on the side wheel boats, which can be shut off from the after part by folding doors, while aft over the fan tail will be a smoking and wash room on one side of the hall for gentlemen, and a toilet room for ladies on the opposite. The ascent to the cabin will be by winding stairs, starting from abreast of the engine room, while opposite to the landing will be the pantry. Abaft of the pilot house will be a "texas," a large room for the wheelsmen and mates.
The dimensions of the new boat are: Length over all 144 feet, beam 26 feet 3 inches, depth of hold 9 feet. As will be seen she is shallow in the hold, on account of the necessity of being light draught to trade at Bay ports, but will carry, it is estimated 10,000 bushels of wheat in 8 feet of water. She will have two boilers, one forward of the other, a compound low pressure engine (the cylinders being 22 x 24 inches each) and a screw 7 feet 9 inches in diameter. The builder of the boilers and engines, Mr. Ollie, of St. Catharines, one of the best machinists in the Dominion, says the boat will run fifteen miles an hour with ease. One boiler was put in last Saturday, and unless something unforeseen happens, the new steamer will be off the stocks and ready for use three weeks from tomorrow.
The owners of the steamer have decided to honor our city, and the handsome craft will bear the name OSWEGO BELLE, a name in keeping with her beauty, style and finish. That she may be a source of profit to the men who have taken in hand the task of giving us a much needed steam line between this city and the Bay of Quinte, we sincerely hope. Gentlemen, we give you the steamer OSWEGO BELLE. May her days be many and her earnings large; may she ever be free from accident and a home to those who patronize her.
Friday, August 20, 1875
The new steamer OSWEGO BELLE, built at St. Catharines by M. Simpson, for the Bay of Quinte and Oswego navigation Company, was launched Tuesday. Several of the stockholders in the new line, among whom are D. Andrews and George H. Pope, of Belleville, left home Tuesday to join the new boat at this port.
Thurs., November 4, 1875