The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario and the Great Lakes
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), August 1911, p. 791

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Press reports state that the Hamilton

Steamboat Co. and the Turbine Steamship

Co. are contemplating the inauguration

of a Sunday service between

Toronto and Hamilton.

The Department of Railways and

Canals will receive tenders to Aug. 4 for

the lock gates and valve gates for the

Holland River division of the Trent


The captains of the Niagara Navigation

Co.'s steamboats Chippewa and

Corona were each fined $150 and costs,

at St. Catharines, July 15, for breaches

of the liquor license act.

The Rideau Navigation Co.'s steamboat

Rideau Queen ran aground in the

Rideau River, July 11, sustaining damage

to her wheel and rudder. She was

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released and taken to Kingston for repairs.

The Department of Railways and

Canals has awarded the contract for the

construction of an extension to the

north mooring pier at the upper entrance

to the Sault Ste. Marie canal to J. F.

Body, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

The Lake Ontario and Bay of

Quinte Steamboat Co.'s steamboat Caspian,

while en route to Rochester, ran

aground, July 12, and sustained considerable

damage to her wheel and rudder.

She was released, July 15, and taken to

Kingston for repairs.

Co. Anderson, Chief Engineer, Department

of Marine, recently completed a

tour of inspection of the Trent canal

with a view to reporting on the question

of better lighting and the placing of a

number of additional buoys.

The Northern Navigation Co. and the

Inland Lines, the control of which has

been obtained by the Richelieu and

Ontario Navigation Co., continue to be

operated under their respective names,

and with the same officials as heretofore.

The plans for the improvement of the

harbor at Port Stanley have been completed

and forwarded to Ottawa for approval.

The breakwater will be of the

most modern construction and it is expected

to be completed this summer,

after which a new pier for unloading

will be built.

The Montreal Star's London, Eng„

correspondent stated, July 15, that arrangements

had been completed for the

Canadian lake merger in connection with

Manchester Liners, Ltd., and that the

capital involved in the Canadian part of

the agreement was $20,000,000, covering

50 vessels.

The steamboat Norseman, owned in

Belleville, and which was recently seized

by the sheriff on claims by the crew

for wages, was sold to a local syndicate

for $1,000, July 11. She was built at St.

Catharines in 1864, and was formerly

named Gipsey. Her dimensions are;

length 177.2 ft., breadth 28.4 ft., depth

12.2 ft., tonnage 620 gross, 400 register,

and she is screw driven by an engine of

200 n.h.p.

The U.S. Lake Survey reports the

levels of the Great Lakes, in feet above

tidewater, for June, as follows— Superior.

601.34; Michigan and Huron,

579.98; Erie, 571.90; Ontario, 245.66. As

compared with the average June levels

for the past ten years, Superior was 1.20

ft. below; Michigan and Huron. 1.12 ft.

below: Erie. 0.96 ft. below, and Ontario,

1.18 ft. below. It was anticipated that

there would be a rise of 0.2 ft. in Lake

Superior, and of 0.1 ft. in Michigan and

Huron during July.

The Ontario and Quebec Navigation

Co.'s steamboat Geronia, which was expected

to be completed in readiness for

service between Toronto and Quebec,

July 20, was not delivered at Collingwood

at that date. She left Toronto on

her maiden trip in that service. July 27.

The Sault Ste. Marie Dry Dock and

Shipbuilding Co. has communicated with

the local council to the effect that J.

O'Boyle, with whom the council made an

agreement relating to the construction

of a dry dock and shipbuilding plant at

Sault Ste. Marie, has been relieved of

any obligations under the agreement,

and that all such are now binding upon

the company.

The Mathews Steamship Co.'s steamboat

Yorkton arrived in Toronto towards

the end of July, with a cargo of

scoria blocks from Middlesbrough. Eng.

She was built at Sunderland. Eng., for

the lake bulk and package freight trade,

and will be operated by the owning company

between Montreal and Fort William.

She is of the single deck type, of

arch construction, with no upright stanchions

in the hold, and has three watertight

compartments, with steel bulkheads

and with double bottom. The

captain's, owners', purser's and dining

rooms are finished in mahogany, and

the remaining quarters in oak. Her engines

are triple expansion with cylinders

17, 28 and 46 ins. diar. by 33 ins. stroke,

supplied with steam by two boilers,

each 12 by 11 ft., under natural draught.

There are six hatches, each 12 by 26

ft., and the general equipment includes

electric lighting plant, steam heating,

steam steering gear, windlass, capstans

and winches. She has been built to

class 100 Al at Lloyd's, for a passage

through the Welland canal with cargo

of 80,000 bush., and of 100,000 bush, on

deep draught, with a certificate for carrying

freight to any part of the world.

Her dimensions are: length, 257 ft.;

beam, 42 1/2 ft.; depth, 18 1/2 ft.; tonnage,

1,771 gross, 1,136 register. She is practically

a duplicate of the same company's

steamboat Mapleton.

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