The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Apr 1877

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p.3 Garden Island - 50 men arrived to work on rafts, new ocean vessel is being painted and will be launched as soon as canals are open.

Marine - straits are still blocked by ice.

- str. Oswegatchie of N.T. Co. to leave Ogdensburg for Chicago on Saturday.

- The Rochester has been launched at Portsmouth, to start running to Cape by end of week.


Messrs. Chaffey and Pierce launched from their yard at Portsmouth this morning, the splendid steam pleasure yacht Cruiser, which they are building for Mr. Gilmour, of Ottawa. She is eighty-four feet in length, fourteen feet beam, and eight feet depth of hold. The boiler is made of the first steel plates, fitted with brass tubing, and is built on the plan of a recent improvement in the construction of boilers, invented by Mr. G. Chaffey, jr., (one of the firm), which economizes space, and at the same time generates a large amount of steam with the consumption of less fuel, than any other boiler now in use. She is supplied with two 10 x 10 surface condensing engines with the most recent improvements and of the finest finish. The Cruiser is schooner rigged and is intended for the salt water; is guaranteed to run twelve miles an hour, but her builders confidently assert that she will run much faster than the guaranteed speed. She is without exception the finest yacht in the Dominion, and we have known none, either on this side the Atlantic or the other that surpasses her in convenience of appointments or elegance of finish. Her cabin and state rooms are finished in grained ash and walnut and are fitted up after the most approved Pullman car style. Precisely at 11 a.m., the men, under the direction of Capt. Pierce, struck the first blow on the wedges intended to start her on the ways. In a few seconds she began to move slowly off, when Miss Emma Chaffey christened her by breaking a bottle of champagne over her bows, and the Cruiser took her first taste of the sparkling as she glided handsomely out into the waters of the little harbour of Portsmouth, gaily decked out in bunting and a streamer covered with Rogers' code of signals. Mr. Gilmour and several of his friends were on board, and all were highly delighted with the success of the launch and with the style and appearance of the yacht. We heartily congratulate Mr. Gilmour on being the enviable owner of a pleasure boat that promises to be not only a credit to the builders, but to the whole Dominion.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Apr 1877