GATHERED IN THE LOCAL HARBOR
The tug George Nelson was given a fresh
coat of paint within the week. Likewise
the tug Edw. Watkins.
The steambarge l. N. Foster and consort
Oak Leaf cleared Saturday evening for Holland, Mich., both being stone-laden.
The towbarge Marengo is billed for a
docking at the local shipyard and is expected to arrive here today or tomorrow.
Repairs on the steamer Chas. McVea were
completed Saturday and on the day follow,
ing she carried an excursion from this port
to Green Bay.
Capt. Wm. Boyd is filling the berth of
mate on the government tug Industry, which
is tending dredge at Hill’s point and work-
ing a double crew.
The little fishing tug Jessie Jackson, Capt.
Alfred Graham, came down from Baileys
Harbor Friday afternoon, returning north
the following morning.
Fred. Schilling has succeeded Geo. Cofrin
as master of the barge S. C. Baldwin.
Pearl Purdy likewise resigned as master of
the Felicitous, making only one trip.
Ed, Ramage spent Wednesday at Algoma
in the interests of the Goodrich company
and to see what arrangements could be made
for having the boats of the line stop there.
Engineer Henry Dummann has accepted
a position as first assistant on the carferry steamer Ann Arbor No. 4, having gone to Frankfort the latter part of last week to
join the craft.
Large lights have been placed on top of
the drawbridge, one on each side over the
openings and another in the middle. These
lights were required by the government as
an aid to navigation,
The tug Edw. Watkins, Capt. Dave Ramage, will leave today for Menominee from
where she will tow a small scow to Cheboygan, Mich., the craft being equipped with a
tie and post loading outfit.
In attempting the passage of Main street
bridge, Green Bay, Sunday morning the
Goodrich liner Sheboygan collided with the
structure and considerable damage inflicted.
The boat was not hurt worth speaking of.
The steambarge Edward Buckley, Capt.
Gnewuch, was docked at the local
shipyard on Tuesday afternoon for the
purpose of having a bent shoe straightened
as well as have some necessary calking done.
Engineer John McMillan of this city died
in the marine hospital at Chicago on Tues.
flay morning after an illness of a couple
of months. He was about 48 years old and
leaves a widow and several children. The
remains will be brought here today for interment.
The tug Lorena returned Friday with the
barge Oak Leaf from Two Rivers, where a
a cargo of stone had been delivered. Capt.
Tufts says that the Oak Leaf is one of the
best towing boats he ever had hold of, it being possible to make the same time with her when loaded as light—8 1/4 miles.
The coal barge C. B. Jones arrived in port
early Tuesday morning with a cargo of 1000
tons of soft coal for the electric light plant.
The Jones was towed up from Cleveland by
the steambarge Francis Hinton, Capt. Jos.
Campbell. It will require about three days
time to unload her. The Hinton went to
Among the passages through the bay
Sunday were the carferry steamers Pere
Marquette 16 and Ann Arbor No. 3, closely
following. Also the steambarges Matthew
Wilson and I. Watson Stephenson, the latter
stopping briefly to permit some of the crew
to visit their home, as it made no difference
whether the boat lay here or at Menominee
on that day.
The scow schooner Emily & Eliza arrived
in port Monday morning being brought in
from the lake by the tug Lorena. The
vessel will again engage in carrying sawdust
from the island mill to Pullman, Ill. The
schooner Little Georgia will also engage’ in
the same trade, and Capt. Ludwig says there
is enough demand for the stuff to keep the
boats busy all summer.
The steamer J. S. Crouse, Capt. L. S.
Britton, arrived at the shipyard Thursday
and the same afternoon was docked. Her
wheel was re-fastened, having become loose,
and she was given a searching and necessary
calking below the water line. The Crouse
came here from Holland, Mich,, and is engaged in freight carrying between upper east and west shore ports.
The owners of the sunken steamer C. B. Packard were obliged to give bonds to the Canadian government that in the event of
the craft being raised she will be removed
from those waters and not be sold or disposed of in any Dominion port. This was an easy thing to do, as the owners are going after the boat for their own use and not as a matter of speculation.
The tug Lorena, Capt. Jim Tufts, left
Monday evening for Ford River where the
Rieboldt & Wolter dredge had that day completed a job, The outfit was taken to Cedar River, Mich., where it will be employed for
the next two or three weeks at least. The
tug will remain there and tend the dredge.
A small scow laden with 30 tons of soft coal
was taken along, the fuel being for the tug
The government drill scow at the canal
caught fire Tuesday evening, and but for
the timely arrival of the life-savers, who
were apprised of the fact by the occupants
of a gasoline pleasure boat, the craft wonld
no doubt have been much more seriously
damaged. The blaze started under the iron
covering in front of the boiler on deck and
had probably been smoldering for several
hours. The deck planks were pretty badly
charred and beams scorched.
The tug N. Boutin on Tuesday evening
left for Two Rivers with the stone laden
barge Baldwin in tow.The Boutin on
Friday last towed one of the Greilling Bros,
dredges from Manitowoc to Holland, Mich.,
where it will be employed, for a week or so
after which the outfit will be taken to Saugatuck. Here it will be employed all season in excavating sand from the river. One of
the company’s dredges will go to Michigan
City, Mich., where considerable work is to
The tug Bennett was released from the
boxes Tuesday morning and has since been
transferred to the wharf of her owners. A number of new deck beams are to be put in forward, as well as deck planking some
new pieces of fender stroke, rail and bulwarks before putting on the house. The engine and boiler are practically ready for business, only some of the piping above remaining to be connected. It is expected that she will be ready for wrecking operations about
It is the intention of the owners of the
tug Smith to put a larger wheel on the craft
in the near future, with which it is expected
to increase her speed about a mile an hour.
The tug, however, is doing good work, having left this port Thursday morning with the stone laden barge Kellogg in tow, gone
to Milwaukee and unloaded and got back
here at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. She
got away again the same evening for the
Cream city with the stone-laden barge Hurd
in tow, returning here again just before
noon on Tuesday.
The tug Carrie Mather, Capt. Wm. Marshall, arrived in port Friday morning from
Racine, where she had been engaged in hook
fishing since last fall. The Mather will remain here until next fall and pick up what
odd towing jobs that is found floating about
loose, and Capt. Marshall and Engineer
Wondrasek may try their luck off the canal
when the season again opens. The Mather
will be docked at the shipyard for an over
hauling as soon as the boxes are free, there
being several dockings scheduled ahead of
her at the present time.
The Goodrich liner Georgia, Capt. A. E. Johnson, was in port Tuesday on her first
regular trip north for the summer season.
She left here about 9 o’clock, going to
Escanaba and returning along the east shore
of this peninsula, getting back here again
at 6 o’clock last evening on her way south.
The Georgia had on a fairly good-sized
crowd of passengers for the first time out,
but there has not been hot weather enough
as yet to drive the residents of the large
cities out for fresh air and recreation. Her
next trip will no doubt show a marked in
crease in the passenger list.
Diver Thos. Isabell and son Frank and
Pearl Purdy expect to leave today on a tour
of inspection. They will visit the steamer
Nicoll, ashore on Summer island, and make
an investigation of the wreck, the owners of
the craft having for some time been urging
Diver Isabell to enter into some agreement
for her release. Capt, Isabell will also make
an examination of the steamer Vega, ashore
at South Fox island, and will meet Oliver
Donaldson of Buffalo at this port on his re
turn and make a report to him on her condition and estimated cost of effecting her release. Mr, Donaldson recently purchased
the craft and cargo.
A peculiar accident befell the tug Edw.
Watkins on Monday while working in one
of the slips at the island mill. The wheel
of the tug struck a large basswood log, the
bark of which slipped off and wound about
the shaft and wheel of the tug in a solid
mass, stopping the engine. The services of
Diver Isabell had to be secured to remove
the obstruction, which was much worse than
if a six inch hawser had been hauled in the
wheel, the long, stringy strips being wound
in a compact mass. This is the first time
such an accident has ever been reported,
and one marvels at the manner in which the
log could be so neatly stripped of every vestige of bark without leaving a mark to show
that it had even been touched by the
rapidly revolving propeller.
The tug Lorena brought in the schooner
Richard Mott Monday morning and landed
her at the shipyard where she is to be dock,
ed for a general overhauling and calking below the Water line. She was also given a
topside calking and minor repairs above the
water line while awaiting her turn to be put
on the boxes. Considerable work was done
on the Mott at Chicago during the past six
weeks or more, three new spars having been
put in her and part of the bulwarks and rail
aft renewed. The Mott is in command of
Capt. Ed. Olson and when she leaves here
will go to Thompson, Mich., for a load of
hardwood lumber. She has enough work in
sight to keep her going for some time to
come. Capt. Olson a couple of seasons ago
sailed the schooner Ada Medora and twenty-
eight years ago sailed before the mast on the
Mott, at which time Capt. Soyer of this port
sailed her. She was then a fore-and-after
and considered one of the finest vessels on
The burned hulk of the wrecked steamer
Joys, which was deposited on the flats above
the island mill, is a menace to the small
boats running about the bay and should be
removed before some serious accident happens. It lies about 1,000 feet north of the
edging dock on a line with the outer end of
the wharf and the Leathem & Smith quarry,
being in the course of motor boat that may
wish to run down to the brewery dock. As
this dock is used considerable by these small
boats that carry passengers to the cemetery
it is here where the danger lies. The only
part of the obstruction visible is about six
inches of the stem, and it often happens
when the water is high that this too is covered. Should one of these oftentimes quite
heavily laden motor boats run on the obstruction there would surely be a loss of
life, and if it happened at night it would be
still worse. The attention of the proper
officials should be called to the matter by all
Capt. “Hank” Tufts of the tug Smith was
quite badly injured Saturday evening while
the craft was being coaled up at the L. & S.
wharf. The large one-ton iron carriers
were being used and in swinging one of these
over the cable became fouled. Capt. Tufts
gave it a jerk to slip it over the obstruction,
with the result that the slack was taken up
so suddenly that he was thrown down with
great force, striking the small of his back on
the sharp corners of a couple of large wood
en horses. He was picked up and carried
aboard the tug, it being nearly ten minutes
before he could recover his breath, which
had been completely knocked out of him.
A doctor was summoned, and Capt. Tufts
removed to his home. No bones were found
to be broken but it was feared internal injuries might prove serious. He is getting
along nicely, however, and will no doubt be
able to take charge of the boat again the
end of this week. Mate W. A. Drumb took
command of the tug-temporarily.