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

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During the short time the steamyacht Carmana lay at Swift's wharf, yesterday afternoon, she was visited by hundreds of citizens and excursionists to the city who had heard of its presence. Being a man of wealth Mr. Carman has spared no expense in the securing of a steamer to eclipse everything in the western section of the province and, perhaps, the Thousand Island region. Her appearance, as she lay majestically in the water, induced many to ask the privilege of scanning the interior. Mr. Carman, genial and obliging, was on hand to give information. Accompanied by Mr. Carman a Whig reporter surveyed the gorgeous craft, and found the Carmana to be a craft 95 ft. long with a 16 ft. beam and compound engines. She was built in Scotland about two years ago and averages about seventeen miles an hour. She was purchased by Mr. Carman last fall and remodelled and fitted out entirely anew at great cost this spring. In design she is similar to Wm. Astor's great boat in New York although Mr. Carman believes his cabin is even more elegant. All her inside furnishings are of solid cherry with staterooms and cabins upholstered and fitted up after the Pullman car fashion. The seats can be conveniently arranged in a reclining position. The washroom is also beautifully fitted out, with a bath-room attached. An especially attractive feature of the cabin is an immense sideboard of solid cherry with cut glass mirror, extending the breadth of the cabin. The kitchen is supplied with an expensive John Bull range. The different apartments are arranged so as to be easily accessible. The steamer is allowed to carry 150 people and her promenade deck alone will admit of forty persons being comfortably seated. After spending a couple of weeks at the islands Mr. Carman and guests will make a run to Toronto before returning to Belleville.


The stevedores are sunning themselves along the docks at present.

One of the M.T. Co.'s barges came into port the other day flying a French flag.

Arrivals: schr. Dudley, Oswego, coal; str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Corinthian, Montreal; str. Persia, St. Catharines; str. Bon Voyage, Charlotte; str. John Haggart, Perth.

Several complaints have been made by loyal citizens against certain tugs being allowed to come into Kingston harbor flying the stars and stripes without visible British emblem.

The str. Corinthian arrived up from Montreal, this morning, and will lay at Swift's dock until Monday, as the passenger traffic is too quiet to bring her services regularly into play.

Many people would like to know why the steamer Sylvan Stream, an American bottom, was allowed to carry the Ottawa excursionists to the city. There are plenty of Canadian steamers which could have been engaged to make the trip.

The searchlight on the steamer New Island Wanderer is being overhauled and when made to equal any other reflector on the river will be accepted and paid for. If the steamboat's apparatus is made perfect another war may be expected. The agreement between the boats on the river is binding until August 1st when either party can withdraw.

General Paragraphs - The steamer Algerian is making great time this season. Capt. McGrath says he has passed everything he has come in contact with yet. The str. Sport attempted to pass the Algerian near Alexandria Bay this morning, but got badly left. The yacht is in the habit of shooting out from behind some island and crossing the bow of a steamer approaching. This was the case this morning. Capt. McGrath did not see her in time and the Sport crossed the bow all right but when she attempted to go back to her hiding place she did so from the stern of the Algerian.

The tug Chieftain has been granted permission to rescue the Kingston barges ashore at Oswego.

Hon. John Haggart, Superintendent Wise and W. Shanly, engineer, are making an inspection of the Rideau canal.

Plans are being prepared for the erection of a lighthouse on the Giant's Tomb, near the entrance of Midland harbor.

The new str. Columbian arrived at Sydney yesterday and had only 400 miles more to travel to reach St. John, Nfld. She had a large cargo of provisions, etc., donated to the sufferers there. The steamer is expected in Montreal on Sunday.

The schooner yacht Ariadne left for a week's cruise up the lake, this morning. The jolly company is thus constituted: Capt. E.A. Booth and wife, Miss Booth, Miss Minnie Wilmot, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCormack, W.A. Sawyer and H.D. Bibby.

Talking About The Elevator - Hugh McLellan, Montreal, president of the M.T. Co., and J. Thompson, manager, will arrive this afternoon. Of the former, a merchant spoke of him, this morning, as being the largest grain shipper in America, an extensive steamship owner, an interested party in the mail line and other companies, a very successful business man and well-known for his good judgement. The purpose of the visit is to look over the elevator scheme and search for the proper site. It is stated on good authority that the Tete du Pont barracks will probably be handed over by the government and the battery will be transferred to the other side of the river. Considerable space is required for the erection of the elevator and this is the most convenient place along the docks. John McLellan, Chicago, also interested, arrived in the city last night.

Seamen's Union.

Oswego, July 20th - The differences between the Oswego branch of the lake seamen's benevolent union and the officials in Chicago have been settled by the appointment of James Murray of this city as president. Last spring Wm. Smith, Chicago, was appointed president of the local branch. The members rebelled, and secretary Rogers was sent here from Chicago to straighten the matter out. The men declined to pay any dues to Mr. Smith, or to recognize him in any way, and he left for Chicago after being here about a month. The appointment of Mr. Murray, who is a thorough sailor and well-known along the lakes, is a victory for the members of the Oswego branch of the union.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1892