The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gleaned in the Local Harbor
Door County Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), 15 Oct 1908, p. 1, column 1-2

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The steambarge I. N .Foster was held in port Saturday by the southerly gale.

The government pile driver has been transferred from Algoma to Manitowoc.

A southerly blow swept the lake Tuesday, but died out during the night, and Wednesday it was dead calm.

The schooner Ottawa, Capt. Griffith, was wind-bound in port Saturday. She was fly­ing a Taft and Sherman banner.

The steambarge Edward Buckley is billed for a docking at the shipyard and will be docked either today or tomorrow.

Among the passages thru the bay last evening was the schooner George E. Marsh, bound north under sail in light trim.

The tug Lorena, Capt. Jim Tufts, arrived in port last evening with the barge Felicit­ous, which she brought from Two Rivers.

The tug Arctic of Manitowoc was a visitor at this port again, Friday, being held here until Sunday by the SE gale, when she got away with her stone scow.

The tug Smith has a couple of cargoes of stone to deliver on the east shore before the close of the season. One of them goes to White Lake and the other to Holland.

The tug Torrent started out Friday with the stone-laden barge Butman, but was driven back for shelter by the southerly gale. She got away again the same even- ing.

The steambarge Geo. C. Markham, Capt. Harry Nelson, had her compass adjusted Sunday morning while laying in port, the job being performed by Clarence E. Long, the expert in this line.

The tug S. M. Fischer and carferry were r held up here for several hours, Saturday by the southerly blow. The steambarges Geo. C. Markham and Alice M. Gill were also in port at the same time.

The schooner Defiance sailed thru Mon­day on her way to the west shore and the Butcher Boy passed thru under sail during the blow of Tuesday. She must have had a fine run down the lake.

The tug Smith left port Saturday morn­ing with the Kellogg and Hurd, but was driven back for shelter by the heavy south­ east gale that sprung up. They did not get away again until Sunday evening.

Rieboldt & Wolter have had the dirt piled up by the dredge on the south side of the shipyard levelled off and the holes filled up, which gives them a great deal more yard room and adds much to improving the ap­pearance of the place.

The steamer Winnipeg stopped at the shipyard this morning, having come from Green Bay. A wheel, that had been pur­chased from Rieboldt & Wolter was taken on board and the Winnipeg went to Manitowoc to have it put on, the boxes here being occupied.

The fishing tug Sylvia had a rough time of it Saturday morning, getting a pretty good shaking up. She started out to lift her nets and ran into as heavy a sea as has been experienced this fall. A big wave boarded the tug and smashed in one of the engine room doors. She got back to port as rapidly as possible without attempting to lift her twine.

The steamer T. S. Christie, Capt. Peter Larson, stopped in port Saturday and picked up the schooner Mowatt, Capt. Kirth, and towed her to Spraggie, Can. The Mowatt had cleared from Green Bay for Duluth and had nearly reached the Straits when she was driven back by a northerly gale, taking refuge in this bay. While here she received orders to wait for the Christie.

While at Algoma last week the barge Advance had her rudder broken and the upper part of the stern post torn out. She was laying at the dock partly unloaded when the storm sprung up that caused the waves to roll into the harbor. The result was that the Advance was pounded on the bottom. The rudder becoming loose at the bottom was swished around by the waves, playing havoc with the steering gear and wheel, do­ ling a couple of hundreds dollars damage.

Capt. Aug. Nelson returned here Saturday from a business trip to Milwaukee in the interest of the automatic steering gear (attachment which he patented. There was some improvements to be made on the attachment which he went down to look after. The company organized to promote the sale and manufacture of this apparatus are making arrangements to install it on the revenue cutter Tuscarora, but should the government boat be laid up it is the intention to put it on the Grand Trunk carferry Milwaukee.

The government lighthouse tender Sumac was in port Friday morning on one of her periodical visits. She had on board the new bell for the Peshtigo reef lightship, which was placed on that vessel the same afternoon. The article published in this column last week asking for the substitution of fog whistle instead of a bell on this craft is most heartily endorsed by marine men generally who have occasion to navigate Green bay. The attention of the lighthouse department as been called to the matter and there is no doubt that they will see the wisdom of baking the change | as soon as it can be brought about through the regular channels of business.

The schooner Georgia L. Wrenn, Captain O’Brien, was on the boxes at the shipyard the latter part of last week, during which she had the bottom thoroughly calked and searched. This was the first trip of the Wrenn for the season, and it will also be her last. She was on her way to Manistique where she will remain until the skipper can get a cargo of Christmas trees. The evergreens are gathered in the vicinity and conveyed to Manistique by rail and otherwise. They are here loaded onto the vessel and taken to Chicago. Here they are. assorted and trimmed before being placed on the market, where they are sold for 25c to $2, depending on their size.

The stern-wheel river boat Grand was brought over to the shipyard Sundays from Menominee. The boat will be given a thorough bottom calking and some minor re­pairs. This craft and a sister ship, the Rapids, were formerly used on the Grand river, carrying passengers between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, Mich. They were purchased by a Menominee man, who intended to use them on the west shore, but for some reason this was abandoned. The owner has practically sold the steamers to parties in Alabama where they, are to be used in the excursion business. The only drawback to the sale is the question of delivery, the long run making the question of fuel supply a difficult problem for this type of boat.

Capt. C. B. Packard of the steambarge I. N. Foster reports that the southwesterly blow which swept over the lake about two weeks ago did much damage to the three last cribs sunk at the entrance to the harbor of Ludington, Mich. A large amount of stone that had been thrown in to anchor the cribs was washed out by the enormous seas that swept over them, and the structures themselves put out of plumb, although fastened by hundreds of 36-inch steel belts that had been driven through three sets of square timbers. These were bent and twisted and the fabric hogged so much that it will require a great deal of work and out­ lay of money to put it back in shape again' Captain Packard says that the effect of a south wester is more severe at Ludington and other east shore port than from any other quarter.

The steambarge Mathew Wilson, Capt. Chas. E. McClure, was docked at the ship­yard Monday for repairs to the bottom, hav­ing been one of the smoke and fog victims last month. She stranded on Horseshoe island, entrance to Niagara river, on the night of September 21st, while bound from Boyne City, Mich., to Tonawanda with a cargo of maple lumber. She was only delayed about four hours, being released by a couple of tugs. It was found on examination on the boxes that the steamer had suffered considerable more damage than was anticipated. The forefoot was gone and 15 or 20 feet of the keel, besides several planks were so badly chewed up that they had to be replaced with new. The damage will aggregate fully $500 or more. It might be mentioned in passing that the cargo on the Wilson at the time was exceptionally valuable, being rated at $15,000. The Wilson will get out today.

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15 Oct 1908
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Nelson, Aug. ; Packard, C. B. ; McClure, Charles E.
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.83416 Longitude: -87.37704
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Gleaned in the Local Harbor