The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jun 1891

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The tug Glide will have her boilers repaired on arrival here.

The whaleback barge No. 110 will be towed to Lachine by the str. Chieftain.

The schr. Annie M. Peterson, Chicago, with 38,900 bushels wheat has reached Portsmouth.

The str. J.C. Ford has cleared from Portsmouth, light, to Charlotte, to load coal for Chicago.

The Maud went down on the Gananoque trip last night. She took an excursion from Gananoque to Clayton.

The prop. Lake Michigan, from Chicago, lightened 7,000 bushels of wheat, last night, and proceeded to Montreal.

Str. Persia from St. Catherines, Algerian from Toronto and the Corsican from Montreal, passed here yesterday.

Clearances: tug Thompson and seven barges, Montreal, grain; tug Walker and two barges, Charlotte, light; prop. J.C. Ford, Charlotte, light.

The str. Joseph L. Colby made the voyage to Lachine in safety arriving there early this morning. Many local mariners are of the opinion that her shape and general get up will render it a difficult matter to steer her down the rapids. She is steered only by a single wheel. It will be a dangerous post for the two men engaged in the work.

Arrivals: str. Marion, Chicago, 46,000 bushels wheat; tug Thompson and barge, Oswego, coal; tug Walker and consorts Minnedosa and Kildonan, Fort William, 100,000 bushels wheat; tug Hall and six barges, Montreal, light; schr. Eliza Fisher, Fairhaven, coal; schr. Annie M. Peterson, Chicago, 38,904 bushels wheat; schr. Ella Murton, Charlotte, 527 tons coal; str. R. Anglin, Ogdensburg, light; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, light.

Dismissed With Costs.

In the case of Wright vs. Collier, C.J. Holman for the defendant, appealed from the judgement of Judge Ross, who tried the action at Picton. The action was brought by the plaintiff for damages occasioned to his vessel by reason of its coming in collision with the defendant's vessel in the Bay of Quinte. The learned judge, after the trial, had called in the aid of two master mariners to enable him to come to a conclusion upon the evidence. Counsel for the appellant contended that the experts who had been called in should have been present at the trial and heard the evidence, and therefore there ought to be a new trial. He also argued that on the evidence the judgement ought to have been for the defendant. Alcorn, Q.C., for the plaintiff, opposed the motion. Appeal dismissed with costs.



Davis & Son have delivered the steamyacht Titania to S. Daniels, Ottawa. She went to the capital in twenty-one hours running time and made a twelve mile run in 63 minutes, under easy steam. It is thought by Mr. Daniels that she will run 14 miles an hour after her machinery is smooth. The builders say 11 miles an hour was the speed promised, and it can be done with ease. She is 50 ft. long, 9 ft. wide, 5 ft. deep, with a double frame and planking 1 1/2 (1 1/4 ?) inch thick. Timber in the hull is white ash throughout. The cabins are finished in cherry. The trimmings are polished brass, imported from New York. The brass rails and ladder are from Montreal. The windows slide in pockets, fitted with brass backs, and are of plate glass throughout. She has a circular front pilot house, polished and hard finished in oil. She has a gilt figurehead on the nose of her clipper bow. The engine is a fore and aft compound, designed and built by Davis & Son. It is 5 and 9 by 7 in. stroke, 21 in. long by 13 in. wide, and weighs complete, less than 600 pounds. The castings are all well ribbed and the connecting rod and valer rods and crank are all steel, with brass boxes and cross heads. The valve motion is the single eccentric on the back end of the crank shaft, leaving the engine all open and clear of all obstructions to take the last motion in the crank boxes. The valve motion is very direct and the friction small. The wheel works admirably and weighs 70 lbs. The boiler has proved to be one of the best pipe boilers on these waters. It is very simple and quick. The first fire put in raised steam in three minutes with dry pine wood. It is supplied with water by a Hero pony pump. It is well understood by boat builders that a hull of a boat is useless without an engine and boiler to drive her through the water. By experience men are finding out what is most suitable for the propulsion of pleasure yachts. "We still contend," said Mr. Davis, "that it is as easy to build a 20 mile boat as it is to build a 11 mile boat. It is simply a matter of dollars and cents."

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jun 1891