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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jan 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The schr. B.W. Folger has been chartered to load ice for Oswego.

Jan. 15, 1892



Superintendennt James Mooney, of the Brockville & Westport railway, takes exception to the statement made in connection with the recent decease of Capt. Richard Chapman, of Ogdensburg, to the effect that the gentleman took the steamer New York down the rapids when she was sold to the American government. Mr. Mooney states further that the New York was not the first of the large steamers to run the rapids. She was preceded by both the America and the Canada of the same line, and the man who took them all down was a pilot named Rankin, who, he thinks, belonged to Beauharnois. Capt. Chapman was in charge of the New York at the time she made the passage, but he was not a rapid pilot. These boats Mr. Mooney informs us, were the finest steamers, both as regards speed and equipment, ever established on the St. Lawrence. They belonged originally to the Great Western railway, and for a time ran between Hamilton and Cape Vincent. They were built at Niagara, and some of them were inspected on the stocks by Mr. Mooney, who, at that time, was a chain bearer on a railway survey being made in that section by Walter Shanly. In war times, probably 1862 or '63, they were sold to the United States government and Rankin took them down the rapids. A law suit followed the service, Rankin claiming that he was to be paid $5,000 in cash if the trip was made in safety. [Brockville Recorder]

Whalebacks for War Service - West Superior, Wis., Jan. 15th - Capt. McDougall, inventor of the whaleback ship, is figuring on using it for war service. He has had made a number of photographs showing the proposed war vessels and the plans of operating them. His idea is to use barges for coast-defence service. They are to be so constructed that by means of water ballast they can be submerged, leaving only a small turret for a lookout forward, and the bow, or snout, as it is termed, above water. In the bow, which is of great strength, two heavy guns will be stationed on an incline, and they will be so operated that while one is being fired the other may be charged below in the vessel.

Affairs of the Hour - H.W. Baker, the Detroit wrecker, who succeeded in raising the schr. Pomeroy, which burned and sank off Orchard last season, has sold the wreck to Wm. Dulac of Mt. Clemens, for $5,000, just as she lies in Oak Orchard harbor.

Capt. James Davidson, of West Bay City, has sold the double-decked schooner Adriatic to M. Bradley and Capt. Geo. Stone, of Cleveland. She was built in 1890, has an insurance valuation of $50,000, and a capacity of 80,000 bushels of corn.

p.2 Wolfe Island, Jan. 13th - Capt. T. Crawford, who sailed the Grantham last season, will sail a steam vessel for Mr. Leslie next season. Capt. Phillips will dispose of his scow and sail the Grantham.

Jan. 16, 1892

p.1 The Ports High and Dry - the result if deep canal is dug through Great Lakes.

Frozen In At Last - The str. Pierrepont was unable to make the run to Cape Vincent today and had to be content with reaching Garden Island after experiencing considerable difficulty in the ice which is 1 1/2 inches thick in the harbor. Passengers for Cape Vincent resumed their journey from the island per the overland route. It is expected the Pierrepont will be obliged to lay up for the season tomorrow.

A New Vessel For the Mail Line - "There is not great activity in the building of new steamboats for lake traffic," said Alexander Milloy, manager of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company. "I don't know of any new boats in construction for passenger service on the upper lakes. I believe the Lake Superior transit company is building two large vessels for freight purposes. The Richelieu & Ontario company is adding a new steamer to its company. The boat is now on the stocks at Chester, Pa. It will run between Kingston and Montreal, and will be a day boat only. It is of the same proportions as the boats already on the route, but will be fitted up with all the latest and most improved equipment. It will be a twin-screw vessel and will be about 150 feet in length."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jan 1892