The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 May 1893

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Capt. Noonan should be proud of his new steamer, the James Swift, to make her trial trip today before commencing on the route between Kingston and Ottawa. From an exterior view the boat has much the appearance of the str. Kathleen, built by the same contractors, some four or five years ago. The Swift, however, is a wooden boat, while the Kathleen was iron and cost at least $10,000. The cabin of the Swift is also different; she is much narrower than the boat Mr. Bajus built. The Swift measures 107 1/2 feet in length and has a 28 foot beam, with a hold 96 1/2 feet (sic). She draws 4 ft. 8 in. of water aft, and 3 ft. forward; registered 100 tons, gross 263 tons. The main saloon, on the second deck, is 80 ft. long, with a ladies' cabin 15 x 18 ft. forward. The cabin forms a semi-circle in front and is of glass with sixteen commodious staterooms, in eight of which apartments are double berths, opening into the main saloon. The staterooms and cabin are furnished in unique style with wash rooms, etc., conveniently arranged. The main stairs enters the centre of the saloon and the extravagant decorations at the head of the entrance gives the interior a cheerful and inviting aspect. The saloon is finished in white and set off with gilt ornamentations. The boat has an entirely new equipment in the shape of two rows of ventilating windows at the roof, one row leading directly to the staterooms, the glass being invisible from the inside. The trimmings are of polished material and panel work is a predominant feature of the saloon. The dining room and kitchen are located on the main deck. There is seating capacity for thirty-two persons and the steamer can carry 400 passengers. She has a compound engine built by the Kingston foundry and her steel kelsons are valuable additions. This beautiful steamer was built by R. Davis & Sons whose ability in this line is of standing repute. Her officers are: Capt. Fleming, master; Mr. Todd, first engineer; John Boulton, second engineer; N. Kinghorn, purser.

Monday afternoon a very pretty steamyacht, called the "Wild Duck," arrived in the city from Boston, Mass. She is on her way to the world's fair, and will be on exhibition as a sample of American auxiliary steamyachts, and is the only centre board auxiliary steamyacht afloat. The board between the boilers is twenty-one feet long. Her power is equal to 500 horse, and under steam she will run ten knots an hour; under sail, 12 to 12 1/2 knots an hour. She is a steel boat, finished in mahogany, and brass railings are extant in all sections. She can spread 15,000 square feet of sail, and will carry twenty-five passengers. The boat is owned by John M. Forbes, a retired China tea merchant of Boston, and built according to his instructions. He is on board with daughters and granddaughters. The craft is worth $180,000.

The steamer Corsican left for Toronto at noon today. She was the first boat of the line out this season. Her officers are: Capt. Ada, master; James Carway, Boucherville, Que., first mate; R. McWilliams, first engineer and P. Flanigan, second engineer, both of Kingston; G. Summerville, Kingston, purser; Mr. Thomas, Montreal, steward.

The steamyacht Comanche touched at Swift's dock this morning and proceeded to Charlotte to take on coal. From there she goes to Cleveland to remain a couple of weeks to be cleaned and trimmed up before sailing to the world's fair. Capt. Batson piloted the boat up from Montreal.

Clearances: schr. Annie Falconer, Oswego, lumber, to load coal; schr. Flora Emma, Oswego, light; schr. Folger, Oswego, lumber, returns with coal; schr. Fleetwing, Oswego, light; props. Hall and Hale, with schrs. Adriatic and Martin, Oswego, to load coal for Duluth.

The str. Empire State covered the distance between Kingston and Charlotte, about 100 miles, yesterday, in 6 3/4 hours. This is fast running and it is said the steamer can beat this time. She carries an excursion out of Charlotte today.

Two steam barges and two vessels from Chicago went to Ogdensburg yesterday to be unloaded. They would have left their cargoes at Portsmouth, but there were not enough barges. The boats carried 175,000 bushels.

By the purchase of 1,300 bushels of damaged grain at Portsmouth R.J. Carson cleared $300. He paid 30 cents a bushel for the grain.

Arrivals: str. Rideau Belle, Ottawa; prop. Argonaut, Chicago, 44,000 bushels corn; prop. Morley, Duluth, 37,000 bushels wheat.

The strs. Denver and Rhoda Emily, Chicago to Kingston with corn, passed Port Colborne last night.

The tug Thompson brought over the barge Regina loaded with coal for the M.T. Co.'s own use.

The tug Active will leave Davis' dry dock this week. She is having a new stern built.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 May 1893