BIG FLEET AT SHIPYARD.
Fifteen Craft at the Yards For the Winter.
Rieboldt & Wolter's shipyard is now the scene of great activity. Fifteen craft are at the docks, presuming a fine marine picture. Men are being added to the already large crew as fast as they can be secured, and it will be necessary to push work as fast as possible to have it all completed by spring. Thousands of dollars worth of work is to be done on the various craft before opening of navigation, and a large sum of money will be paid out by the shipyard company for labor.
The craft that are at the shipyard at the present time are the government lightships Lansing Shoal, White Shoal, Grey's Reef and Peshtigo Reef; the government training ship Yantic; passenger steamers Fanny C. Hart, Maywood, Lotus and Ogantz; steambarges Edward Buckley, S. O. Neff, Pahlow and Foster; and tow barges Oak Leaf and Ida Corning.
All of the lightships with the exception of Peshtigo Reef, will have new upper works and other work done on them; the Yantic is to have her mainmast and jibboom taken out, and also her topmasts, and will have new decks; the Buckley and Neff will have a partial rebuild, and considerable work will be done on all the other craft.
It was the intention of the Hines Lumber Co. to take the Pahlow to Chicago, but due the lateness of the season it is probable that the craft will remain here.
There is a probability that the steambarge Stephenson will also arrive here for a rebuild if the bay remains open for another week.
Work of calking and ironing off the Baker Bros. fish tug, Minnie Warren, was completed this week and the craft let out of the boxes.