The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston (Steamboat), C111654, 10 May 1900

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The steamer KINGSTON which is to be built by the Bertram Engine Works Go. of Toronto for the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co., will be similar in character to the side-wheel steamer Toronto, built last year for the same company, but will be somewhat longer and with greater accommodations. She will run on alternate days with the Toronto, on the route between Toronto and Prescott, and will be ready for June, 1901. Her length over all will be 290 feet, breadth of hull 36 feet, depth of hull 14 feet; draught of water, 8 ½ feet. The hull will be of open hearth steel with four water-tight bulkheads; the main deck also will be wholly of steel. The hull will have considerable dead rise on the bottom, the general shape being based on that of the Toronto. The increased length will enable the lines to be somewhat easier and finer than those of the Toronto.
The boilers will be four in number, of Scotch pattern, 11 feet in diameter and 11 ½ feet long. Each boiler will have two furnaces. 40 inches in diameter, fitted with hot draft. The engine will be inclined triple expansion, with three cranks and three cylinders, respectively 28, 44 and 74 inches in diameter, and 6 feet stroke, with a working pressure of 175 pounds steam per square inch, capable of making forty revolutions, with feathering paddle wheels 22 feet in diameter and curved steel buckets 10 feet 4 inches long and 3 ½ feet wide. The average speed of the vessel in regular service will be 17 miles an hour, with capacity for 20 miles when required. The general outfit including steam windlass and capstan forward, steam capstan aft, fire an] life-saving apparatus, water tanks for trimming purposes, steam steering gear, steam-heating and waterworks system, artificial ventilation and electric light plant of 1,000 lights, will all be of the latest and most approved design.
With the exception of a limited space for a small amount of express freight, and the space necessary for crew and propelling purposes, the entire will be given up to passenger accommodation. On the main deck aft will be the smoking and correspondence rooms, barber shop, bar, entrance hall, purser's office and baggage room. In the middle will be the engines and boilers and a portion of the crew space, and forward the dining room and pantries, extending out the full width of the sides, and lit from both sides with a raised glass canopy in the ceiling. This position of the dining room is admirably adapted for purposes of observation, as well as for convenience with the kitchen below. It will cause a large gain in passenger accommodation, as on most steamers this space is devoted to freight. With the exception of the open seating space at the bow sides and stern, the saloons and staterooms will occupy the whole of the first and second decks above the main deck, arranged in the form usual on the large inland steamers. An exceptional feature, however, will be a large, handsome skylight in the roof, immediately over the glass canopy in the ceiling of the dining room There will be 165 staterooms and eight parlor rooms with bath rooms attached. The third deck, above the main deck, will have the pilot house forward, and behind it rooms for the captain, mates and wheelmen; all the rest of this deck will be a spacious promenade for passengers. Following the principle adopted in the case of the steamer Toronto, the ornamental work will he of original design and finish throughout.
      The Marine Review
      May 10, 1900

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Kingston (Steamboat), C111654, 10 May 1900