GLEANED IN THE LOCAL HARBOR.
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-
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
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
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.