Work At Smith Yard
Work On Steamer Skater and Other
Craft Nearing Completion—Will
Be Ready Opening Navigation
The yards of the Leathem D. Smith
Dock Company has been the busiest
place in the city during the present
winter. While there has not been a
large crew of men employed, thirty
or more have been given steady work
since early last fall, and will continue
on thru the remainder of the winter
The crew of men have been employed on the rebuild and repair
work of the small passenger steamers
Mineral City and Skater of Chicago;
the stone carrying barge Adriatic
and tug Smith owned by the company.
The Skater has had the most extensive rebuild. A new stern has
been put in the craft extending
from amidships aft. New stanchions
have been put in all way round supporting the upper excursion deck,
and the pilot house has been placed
on the third deck. The craft has
been fitted with a new wheel, the engine overhauled and boiler repaired. About $8,000 will have been expended on the craft by the time it goes into commission.
The sister ship of the Skater, the
Mineral City, has had new frames
and planking and the pilot house
raised to the third deck.
The stone carrier Adriatic is having upward of $10,000 expended on
it. The port quarter is being entirely rebuilt, and new frames
planking put in.
The tug Smith has had a new fantail, replacing the one that was damaged last fall. The machinery has
also been overhauled and placed in
good condition and the tug will be
ready by opening, of navigation.
The steambarge Buckley, of Menominee, which is wintering at the
Smith dock, is being looked over by outside parties and if she is purchased considerable work will be done on the craft here before she
goes into commission.