GLEANED IN THE LOCAL HARBOR.
Ice extends from the mouth of this bay
out into Green bay as far as the eye can
The L.T.P.A. will hold a meeting tomorrow (Friday) night and all members are requested to be present.
The schooner Defiance, owned by Capt.
James Larson of Menekaunee, and which
dragged her anchors and went on the beach
at Ford River late this fall, will be a total
Capt. John A. Carlson has an advertisement in this issue of The Advocate offering the schooner Kate Howard for sale. The
Howard is in good condition and can be
bought at a bargain.
Capt. James Tufts is putting in the winter on the steamer Pere Marquette 4 with Capt. Mel Mackey. Jim says this is better
than staying home all winter and helping
with the family washing.
The steamer Denessen was the last craft
to lay up at Menominee outside of the local
fleet. The Denessen delivered a load of
fishermen supplied down the peninsula and
brought back some fish packages.
Capt. John Eble of the steamer Sydney
O. Neff, returned here the first of the week
from his home in Manistee, where he spent
Christmas with his family. Capt. Eble will
look after the rebuild of his boat at the
The tugs operating off the canal are making some fair lifts of chubs. They continue
to come down to the city to deliver the
catch. The ice is getting pretty heavy and
it is likely that after this week they will be
contented to remain at the cut. The Sylvia
took all her nets and reels up to the canal
the first of the week to be prepared for a
The Michigan state militia training ship
Yantic, formerly an U. S. auxiliary steam-
warship of the rebellion, is to receive a partial rebuild here between this time and next
June. A new spar or upper deck, new waterways and rails, besides a great many minor repairs and changes. Active work will not be commenced until some time the latter part of next, month.
At the meeting of the local M. E. B„ A.
held Monday evening, the following officers
were elected for the ensuing term: Edward
Weber, president Ashley Cofrin, vice president Axel Swan, recording secretary C. O. Chapman, corresponding and financial
secretary James Curry, treasurer And.
Tollifson, trustee 3 years Chas. Wondrasek,
delegate to Washington.
Capt. and Mrs. B. A. Peterson are residing with Sam Johnson and family in the First Ward, for the winter, while Capt.
Peterson is looking after the rebuild of the steamer Buckley, his command. Capt.
Peterson was in the good old days of sailing
ships, mate with his father, Capt. Peter
Peterson in the schooner Winnie Wing.
The Wing was a frequent caller at this port
and she was a fine vessel when in her prime
and a good money maker. Capt. Peter Peterson, though retired, is still hale and hearty and resides in Chicago. Those were
good old times and those who knew them
recall them with many pleasures. It was all sailing then, and you had to be a sailor.
The training ship Yantic will have her rig changed when she goes into commission
again. Her main and mizzen and foretop
mast and jibboom will be taken out and
left out. All that she will have in the way
of rigging will be the foremast and its gear.
It is too bad that this must be done, for her
rig was her one redeeming quality. Her
masts, yards, rigging and other top hamper,
gave her a grace that without she will look
like a junk. At least this is the opinion of
those whose tastes are that way and who are
competent to judge. They reason that she
has been retained on account of her historical value and why not keep her intact.
This seems like good logic, but probably
there is also a good reason for removing it.
Possibly it is too much of a strain on the
hull, and too costly to keep up, both in itself and the hull which must sustain it.
Whatever the cause there are many who
will very much dislike to see the change
The owners of the steamer Lotus, which
is laid up at the shipyard, are figuring on
lengthening and widening the craft. The
Lotus for many years ran on the route be
tween Escanaba and Gladstone, but the
business on this run has been monopolized
by the new electric railway, and as a consequence the Lotus must find a new trade.
The steamer Maywood, of the same line, has
been found too large and costly for her run
so that it hap been decided to put the Lotus
on her run and the Maywood on the Green Bay-Escanaba run in conjunction with some
of the boats that are now on that route.
The Lotus is too small for the Maywood’s
run and this is the reason for enlarging her.
The Maywood has been running from Escanaba into Big Bay de Noque. The Maywood, which is also laid up at the shipyard,
will have her cabin remodelled and some
new state rooms added. The Maywood
ought to prove something of an innovation
on this run, being modern in every respect
and the fastest passenger boat in the Green
The rebuild work on the steamers Buckley and Neff is progressing at a very satisfactory rate. The Buckley will be torn
down to the fifth plank below the sheer
strake. The bulwark stanchions have been
cut off at the covering board, and new ones
will be put in between the old ones, the
feet of which will come as far below the
fifth plank as possible. She will have solid
bulwarks, new stanchions being placed between the new ones and on top of the old
ones, and the whole bolted together. This
new work will go all around the boat. Some
new ceiling is to be put in around the boiler,
and the kettle has been raised for this purpose. The work of calking the hull is well underway and when this is completed will
also materially assist in strengthening the
whole. Some changes in the crew’s quarters forward are to be made. The rooms will be in the wings with a center hall way, and
a spare room, leading to the captain’s room
by a stairway will be put in on the starboard
side, while the crew’s quarters, will be on the
port side. The Buckley was built at Manitowoc in 1891, and as she has not received a rebuild in that time she was pretty well
gone, but not so bad considering what the
boat has done and the weather she has been
shoved out in during the past 18 years.
The Buckley is one of the finest lumber
barges and also one of the speediest on the
lakes. The Neff has been torn to and including the plank sheer, and new bulwark
stanchions have been put in all the round.
She will also receive new decks and deck
beams where needed besides a great deal of
minor work. The Neff was built in Manitowoc in 1890.
Clarence E. Long expects quite a number
of pupils from outside next month to attend his nautical school. Mr. Long makes
more of a specialty of teaching navigation
by correspondence than by personal instruction, on account of the larger field to work
in. He already has a large number of outside scholars enrolled, but he still handles
scholars personally who desire it, and he
desires it known that all those who wish in
instructions to notify him at an early date.
Mr. Long has a monopoly of this business
owing to the fact that he has the only books
devoted to the theory and practice of lake
navigation. His books are easily under
stood, are self-explanatory and treat of the
things you must know in order to be a navigator. He has a book for each branch of
a sailor’s calling. His Nautical Magazine
treats on the theory and practice of navigation. His Lake Steam-manship and Guide to the Marine Board Examinations, tells just
what to do in order to get a license, whether
pilot or master. This book, in addition to
containing over 1200 questions and answers
dealing with every thing that has to do with
ships, contains a multitude of other things.
The book is an encylopedia of nautical information, and there is but very little that
has to do with boats that cannot be found
in this book. His new and Improved Course
Finder, Deviation and Compas Recorder, is
another one of his publications that is having a good sale. It contains, in addition to
all the corrected courses and distances for
the chain of lakes, a system of making
courses without paying attention to variation and deviation. This Course Finder will
be found on all the big boats of the lakes.
Other books are Long’s Course and Bearing
Corrector, Deviation Diagrams and Log of
the Rivers, and a device for mechanically
solving all problems of the compass. This
instrument is to the sailor what the adding
machine is to the business man. We might
say a whole lot more, but if you are interested it will pay you to write to Mr. Long
for a circular which explains his various
books and school in detail. Address, Clarence E. Long, Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Mr. Long has agents at all the big ports.