Another Seven Hundred Ton Steam Vessel
The man who some centuries ago said the earth was round was considered a mad-man and a heretic, and placed in imprisonment for his knowledge. He who first discovered the application of steam for propelling bulk lingered his lifetime out in poverty. So with all genius its efforts are never appreciated but by posterity.- Many of the sayings of the late Hon. W. H. Merritt are now beginning to be believed. We remember him once saying on his favorite topic- Commerce_"Give us Canadians but capital sufficient and with our splendid chain of lakes and Canals, with our vast resources of timer, and I will vouch that our men of enterprise and industry will speedily cover the inland lakes with sail and steam craft, and hold quick commercial intercourse with all quarters of the globe." If this lamented gentleman had prophesied that in a few a few years that in a few years the little shipyard of this town of St. Catharines, would launch from its ways into the little Welland Canal, steamship of a build and tonnage capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean, he would certainly have been disbelieved, and perhaps scoffed at. And so we believe he was for he did say so. But he has left behind him a man who is carrying out his aspirations and prophecies to the letter. No better executor of the last will and testament, of Mr. Merritt, could have been found, than in the person of our townsman. Mr. Louis Shickluna. His example is an incentive to all business men of whatever degree. Through the brightest hours of prosperity and the darkest of adversity, his life has been characterized by the three words, Perseverance, Enterprise and Industry. As a ship-builder his name is so familiar in every port from Saginaw to Gaspe, that it is needless to say more, and we can only wish that he may leave behind him a successor, probably one of his sons, worthy to perpetuate his name and works.
His Next New Steamboat
Only a few weeks ago he launched the "Perseverance" to be commanded by Capt FitzGibbons. On next Saturday at 4 o'clock, he will launched, her sister craft, from that part of the ship yard nearly opposite Taylor & Bates Brewery.- If we had anything to say her name should be either the "Enterprise" or "Industry." She will be a steam vessel of about 700 tons measurement length 180 feet; breadth 31 feet' hold 12 feet 4 inches, with wire rigging. The carpenter and joiner work- especially in the fitting of the staterooms- will be noticeable for its beauty.
A good vessel should have a good commander, and we are quite confident the owners have made a good selection of one, in the person of Captain W. Williams. Frank and straightforward as a sailor should be, he also combines in himself those agreeable and business like qualities which enable a man to get around the rough corners of this life with ease and satisfaction to himself and others. Captain Williams has been to our knowledge some twenty-five years a master in steamvessels. For some time he commanded the vessel-known side-steamer St. Lawrence from Lewiston to Ogdensburgh , in the mail line. Subsequently the propeller Syracuse, the propellers St. Lawrence, St. Nicholas, Lady of the Lake and Prairie State- the latter two belonging to the Northern Transportation Co. We have no doubt the new boat and its commander will be favorites with forwarders and the lower lake traveling public.