The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The schr. Acacia is in from Oswego with 312 tons of hard screenings for the water works pump house.

The old whaler Progress, which was built in 1843, has passed through Montreal on its way to Chicago, to be exhibited at the world's fair.


Steamer Armenia and barges, Kingston to Spanish river; prop. Campana, Kingston to Chicago, light, passed Port Colborne last night.

Clearances: schr. Katie Eccles, bay ports; prop. Myles, Morrisburg, to load staves for Duluth; tug Thompson, Oswego, two light barges for coal; tug Bronson, Montreal, five barges grain; barge Montreal, 20,000 bush. oats; str. John A. Macdonald, Ogdensburg, light; schr. Dunn; schr. Eliza Fisher, Oswego.

Arrivals: prop. Algonquin, Fort William, 70,000 bush. wheat; prop. Myles, Fort William, 40,000 bush. wheat; tug Thompson, Oswego, three barges of coal; tug Hall, Montreal, five light barges; tug Bronson, Montreal, three light barges; schr. Herbert Dudley, Charlotte, coal for K. & P. railway; str. Persia, Montreal; str. Bon Voyage, Charlotte; str. North King, Rochester; str. Ocean, Hamilton; str. Corsican, Montreal; schr. Fisher, Charlotte, coal; schr. Denmark, Oswego, coal.


The Petrel Slid Off the Ways With Great Gracefulness.

According to the statements of men who ought to know, never before was there a launch in this vicinity which passed off more successfully in every sense of the word than did the event at Collins Bay, Saturday afternoon, when the Collins Bay Rafting & Forwarding Co's new steel tug was released from the ways to its future place of existence, the mighty water. Great preparations had been made towards the carrying out of the function, and therefore the scene presented to the party on the steamer Maynard, the guests by invitation of Capt. W. Leslie, as the vessel rounded the point leading to the bay could not, but surprise even the most extremely imaginative mind. On the steamer Maynard were well represented the people of Kingston, and this party landed at the dock to find probably 2,000 people awaiting them. The surrounding farming community was there in large numbers swelled by the large crowds attending from the city. The yacht Where-now carried several to the scene, while the steamer Princess Louise ran an excursion from Amherst Island and Stella. The harbor was dotted with yachts from all points. A goodly crowd boarded the new tug to accompany her on her first "run". After chopping away the props from beneath her, taking up about half an hour's time, the vessel was finally released and at exactly 5:20 o'clock a perceptible sliding occurred and increased in force as the structure approached the edge of the timbers. Miss Loraine Leslie, standing in the bow, broke the bottle of wine on the bulkhead as Mr. Leslie, with uplifted hat, shouted: "Success to the Petrel." The cheering and blowing of whistles that followed was deafening and did not cease until the Petrel was resting peacefully on the calm water about fifty yards distant. The tug Stormy Petrel then hove in sight and took the new member of the fleet in charge. She was removed to the dock and tied up. The most enjoyable part of the whole proceedings, however, was yet to follow. Tables had been arranged in the cabin of the Petrel and the dinner tendered the visitors of the Maynard was sumptuous.

The tug Petrel is 128 ft. long, with a 26 ft. 8 in. beam and a 10 ft. hold. She is a composite vessel, water bottom with ballast tank of forty tons capacity. The outside planking is elm and the inside sheeting steel, the upper works, officers' quarters, etc., of steel. She will pass for passengers and is allowed to carry 530 persons, has two condensing engines and two boilers with twin screw. The tug will be fitted out with a very powerful steam windlass and air compressor for use in connection with the companys' pontoon wrecking plant. She is also equipped with a centrifugal pump with a capacity of 30,000 gallons per minute, suitable for pumping coal if necessary. She will also be fitted out with electric light, and has quarters for thirty of a crew, although she will only carry ten regular hands. The tug cost about $40,000. She derived her name after the well-known seabird Petrel. The launch was under the supervision of Lewis Laloche, and the result should certainly gratify him.

p.4 The Bay of Quinte fishermen have formed a society to protect their rights and to secure an enforcement of the law. The officers are: W.H. Rickley, president; Jonas Sharp, vice-president; L. Rickley, secretary-treasurer; committee on rules and regulations, Messrs. Wm. McCabe, J. Pellard, F. Mellow.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1892