The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 May 1891

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p.1 Incidents Of the Day - Twelve painters arrived last night from Sorel, Que., to paint the steamers owned by the Richelieu and Ontario navigation company, of Montreal. The foreman of the gang is Mr. Perse.


wheat carried from Chicago to New York for 5 cents; if Montreal wants to keep in the grain trade, the St. Lawrence and Welland canals will have to be deepened to 14 feet draught.

Marine Paragraphs.

The schr. White Oak will load poplar timber for Charlotte.

The barge William is loading phosphate at Richardson's for Montreal.

The str. Armenia will make her first trip between Deseronto and Kingston next week.

The tug Jessie Hall, with barge William in tow, arrived last night, from Montreal, light.

The yacht Gracie has been brought out of winter quarters and will be rigged out at an early date.

The steamer Alberta will have a new screw wheel and a donkey engine put in her at Cape Vincent.

Captain Ben Chambers takes command of the steamer Queen of the West, now fitting out in Chicago.

The prop. Alma Munro passed up the Welland canal yesterday on her way from Montreal to Port Arthur.

The second big boiler for the str. Corsican arrived this morning from the Doty engine company, together with the new smokebox.

The tug E.P. Ross, Fairhaven, was fined $50 for running without license. Upon petition for relief the secretary of the treasury has reduced the fine to $10.

J.P. Tett, Bedford Mills, is filling a large order for cordwood, which is delivered at Folger's dock for use on the boats of the St. Lawrence river steamboat company.

Yesterday Mr. Chabot, general manager of the Richelieu and Ontario navigation compan's steamers, inspected the engines which have been improved, in the steamer Spartan.


Last fall the steamship Mackinaw was taken down the lakes and St. Lawrence from West Bay City, Mich., in two parts. It was the first experiment of its kind ever attempted and attracted much attention. The steamer was built for ocean business at an inland shipyard and had to be cut in two on account of being too long for the canals. She was put together in Montreal and is now speeding over the bounding sea as nicely as any other vessel, although she was constructed hundreds of miles inland. The cost of getting the Mackinaw from the shipyard to the Atlantic was nearly $10,000. A sister ship to the Mackinaw called the Keweenaw is now under construction at West Bay City, and the builders expect to reduce the cost of getting her to the salt water about one half of the above amount. This is to be accomplished by an improvement in the system of getting her down the river. She will come down past Kingston some time the present season. Inland builders are going to do a lot of work for the Atlantic trade. McDougall, at West Superior, has built a fleet of whaleback steel steam and tow craft which go to salt water, and the Globe Iron Works of Cleveland has just underbid Atlantic builders and secured a contract from the United States for the construction of two large steel revenue cutters, which are to do service on the Atlantic.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 May 1891