The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Mar 1876

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A few days ago Messrs. Chaffey & Co. shipped per Grand Trunk Railway a yacht named the " Noah Timmins " which will run on the route between Deux River to Mattawa. When in her place she will have succeeded in penetrating further than any steamer has yet done, Mattawa being some 75 miles above Pembroke on the Ottawa. Her dimensions, etc., are: Keel, 48 ft.; beam, 10 ft. 6 inch.; draught of water, 3 ft.; boiler, locomotive type, 7 ft. long, 3 ft. shell, 175 tubes, 1 1/2 by 3 ft. 9 inch.; fire box to burn wood, a very neat piece of work and admired by all who have seen it. Engine cylinder, 7 1/2 by 9; wrought iron frame, very strong and well calculated to do rough and heavy; speed, 12 miles per hour; test over a measured distance, 6 miles.

One yacht nearly finished, the Ida, built for Messrs. Magee & Pearson, of Merrickville, is of the open launch style, with wooden shade deck, very roomy, with seats for about 30 people, is 35 ft. long, 7 1/2 ft. beam, 2 1/2 ft. draught of water, boiler, vertical, 2 ft. 6 inch. diameter, 4 ft. 6 inch. high; water in the tubes; engine cylinder, 4 1/2 by 6; frame, bed plate and cylinder being cast in one piece, very compact and strong. She is also fitted with Mack's patent injector for feeding the boiler - a beautiful device which does away with the necessity for a feed pump. Speed 9 miles per hour.

Another as yet unsold, 45 ft. long, 7 1/2 ft. beam, 3 ft. draught of water, vertical boiler, engine cylinder 6 x 6; expected to be very fast. She will be fitted with fancy seats and trimmings and will make a desirable boat for small parties; ready first May next.

Another, 30 ft. long, 7 ft. beam, 2 1/2 ft. draught of water, vertical boiler, engine 4 1/2 x 7 1/2; speed 8 miles, fitted launch style with canvas awning, which can be removed at pleasure.

If these boats give as good an account of themselves as the boats built by the Chaffeys in the past their record will in all respects be quite satisfactory.

March 21, 1876

p.2 Notice - Dep't of Marine & Fisheries - regulations re seining for whitefish.


It is said that the Aetna Insurance Co. has made an inspection of the lake marine this winter which is very severe upon many vessels that have heretofore been looked upon as first-class in every respect. It has been the custom for the Aetna inspectors to classify vessels under the direction of Captain E.P. Dorr, the agent at Buffalo, and upon the completion of the register to sell it to the underwriters for $12,000. This year the underwriters object to paying the "gilt-edged" price for the register, and say that they will allow but $5,000 for the work. There are several companies outside of the underwriters who will work upon the register of last year with such changes as have been suggested by their inspectors, so that our lake marine will be as well protected as heretofore, without being compelled to one man power.[Os. Palladium]

Around Home - schooner Ellsworth loaded with ice at Cape Vincent; Capt. R. Davis, Clayton, has his new yacht ready for engine and boiler; Northern Transportation Co. captains are to report on first of April.

March 22, 1876

p.3 Freights - schr. Lady Dufferin chartered from Chicago to Kingston with corn for 8 cents per bushel.

The Sprite - the speed of str. Geneva. [Watertown Despatch]

Address - by Rev. T. Bone, missionary on Welland Canal.

March 23, 1876

p.3 Welland Canal - Rev. T. Bone's work there.

March 24, 1876

p.2 ad - Contract For Mails - by steamer on Lake Huron and Lake Superior - tenders called by Post Office Dep't.

p.3 Steamboating - repairs going on, Capt. Crawford getting Norseman ready for Port Hope-Charlotte route.

The Canal - Cleveland Board of Trade wants Welland Canal kept open seven days a week.

March 25, 1876

p.2 Around Home - Wm. Jamieson, Mill Point, has loaded his sch. Paragon with ice for Cleveland.

-new steamer at Mill Point had boiler placed in her and is planked; sch. J.C. Clarke rebuilt; Kincardine getting repairs; The sunken schooner Newcastle will be raised as soon as weather permits; new pleasure yacht getting planking; sch. Antelope on ways for new ceiling and new decks; 47 men constantly employed at shipyard; tug H.B. Sherwood getting ready for navigation.

p.3 Shipment of Grain - sch. Marquis loading 29,000 bushels of wheat at Toronto for Kingston.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Mar 1876