The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Steamboat Dalhousie
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), June 1911, p. 565, 567

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The Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto Navigation Co.'s new steamboat which has been named Dalhousie, is nearing completion. She has a length of 193 ft. between perpendiculars, and a total length over all of 200 ft. 7 in., with a breadth of 38 1/2 ft., and is designed to have an extreme draft of 9 ft., without freight or passengers. She has exceptionally fine, clean lines, the hull being of steel throughout, and is very heavily built for a vessel engaged in inland waters. The frames and beams are of 6 in. channel steel spaced 24 in. centres. The shell plating is above rule requirements for a vessel of this size, and is fitted with heavy doublings in the vicinity of the water line. The main and lower decks will be plated entirely over with steel, and steel pillars and girders support all decks. Four watertight bulkheads subdivide the vessel transversely into five compartments.

On the lower deck forward accommodation is provided for the crew, including officers and crew's mess, as well as sleeping apartments for the crew. Lockers for clothing are provided in the rooms and steel stairways are provided for access to main deck. Abaft of the engines is the luncheon room, with ample accommodation for the serving of quick meals. This room is furnished with tables and leather covered settees. The stairway from the lunch room lands in the entrance on the main deck.

The passenger gangway, 4 ft. wide, leads into a 9 ft. entrance hall. On the left are the stairways leading up to the observation deck and down to the lunch room. On either side of the stairways are the entrances to the ladies' saloon off which are the purser's and stewardess' rooms. The saloon is upholstered leather with ample seating accommodation. Back of this cabin will be located the ladies' lavatory and retiring rooms. The decoration of the ladies' saloon will be of red oak panelled wainscoting, and red oak pilasters with compo board panels. The floor is to be covered with interlocking rubber tiling. To the right of the entrance hall is the engine room, also men's lavatory and purser's office. The entire space forward and alongside the engine room is devoted to freight space large enough to take care of about 300 tons.

The maim stairway to the upper cabin is constructed of red oak. Entering the cabin something' novel in marine equipment will be noticed. Besides the usual lounges, easy chairs, etc., there are reversible trolley car seats capable of seating 70 people. This cabin is about 120 by 24 ft., a portion of which is occupied by six comfortable staterooms. The whole is tastefully decorated in white enamel and natural wood to harmonize with the other appointments of the vessel. Heavy plain brown linoleum covers the floor. The windows are of the drop style of double plate glass. From the centre of observation cabin a stair leads to the sun parlor on the gallery deck above. The stairway is of same design as the main staircase on main deck. The parlor is of the same general design as the observation cabin, settees, etc., being upholstered in close woven cane. Forward of the sun parlor is the smoking room, which is panelled in oak, the seats upholstered in leather of color to harmonize with the room. The floor is of interlocking rubber tiling cemented to the floor. The windows are of the same type as those of the other cabins. Adjoining the smoking room forward are the officers' quarters and pilot house. These rooms are furnished with metal fittings and decorated in white enamel. Outside the observation cabin are cabin slatted wood seats 21 ins. wide and 18 ins. high.

The boat will be driven by a single solid cast iron propeller 9 ft. in diameter, having four blades right hand; fitted on to a tail shaft of 9 3/4 in. diameter, the crank and thrust shafts being 9 1/4 in. The propelling power consists of a triple expansion three crank engine, with cylinders 18 in., 29 in. and 48 in. diameter, and 31 in. stroke, to which steam will be supplied by two Scotch boilers for 180 lbs. working steam pressure, which will propel her about 19 miles an hour. The boilers are 13 ft. 7 5-16 in. by 11 ft. over all, with tubes of 3 1/4 in. outside diameter, having a total heating surface of about 4,200 sq. ft. and a grate area of 120 sq. ft. There are three corrugated furnaces in each boiler with grates 6 ft. long. They are fitted with duplex marine type boiler safety valves, all attachments being of best welded steel. The smoke stack is of the double type, the outer one about 7 1/2 ft. in diameter and 53 ft. long. The enclosure around the smoke stack, engine opening, etc, are of steel insulated to insure safety from fire, and all upper wood work is supported by steel girders and stiffened by web frames.

There will he ample provision made for the safety of the passengers. These [p. 567] include two 22 ft. life boats, two 16 1/2 ft. life rafts, one 16 ft. working boat, suspended on davits, and fitted with quick launching apparatus; two seat rafts each provided with three large galvanized steel tanks for buoyancy; and 1,050 solid cork life jackets. Four cork ring buoys are also provided, and will be hung along the rail of the vessel for immediate use in case any one falls overboard.

The usual complement of fire fighting appliances is supplied and in addition a fire main led from steam pumps to all decks is provided, so arranged that any part of the boat can be reached by a 50 ft. hose length. The pilot house, as stated is located on the upper or gallery deck, and has communication with engine room by telegraph system, which is arranged to work from the gallery deck also. There is in addition, a speaking tube from the pilot house to the engine cabin.

The boat is equipped with steam heating apparatus, with radiators fitted in smoking room, sun parlor, observation cabin and main deck. She is supplied with steam steering gear, and will be operated by telemotor from the pilot house. Light will be supplied from an electric generator from the engine room of 15 kilowatt capacity, the boat being wired for 200 lights, with a 13 in. searchlight on the pilot house operated from within. All cabins are fitted with lacquered brass electric fixtures. Drinking fountains are located at convenient places throughout the vessel for ice water.

The steamer will be painted to harmonize with the present colors used on the Garden City, viz., above guard, light buff, rail, dark green, hull below waterline, red, and waterline to guard, light slate.

A comparison as to the size of the boat with other well known boats will give our readers a better idea of her dimensions:

Name Length Beam
Corona 270.0 ft. 32.0 ft.
City of Montreal 220.0 ft. 32.5 ft. City of Ottawa 220.0 ft. 32.5 ft.
Dalhousie 200.0 ft. 38.0 ft.
Dundurn 190.0 ft. 30.2 ft.
Macassa 178.4 ft. 24.1 ft.
Modjeska 178.0 ft. 31.1 ft.
Garden City 177.9 ft. 26.1 ft.
Lakeside 121.0 ft. 26.0 ft.

It is expected the Dalhousie will be completed in time to go on the route by June 26.

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The Steamboat Dalhousie