The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jan 1894

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p.3 Capt. Craig, who owned and sailed the schr. Hanlan last season, died in Ottawa on Wednesday. He was about thirty-five years of age.

Jan. 11, 1894



The Calvin company's new tug Reginald was successfully launched at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The steamer glided gracefully into the water and looks very pretty indeed. She is named after Hiram Calvin's youngest son, Reginald, (or Rex, as he is familiarly called). The vessel was modelled and built for the company by Thomas Brien, foreman, and is 108 ft. keel, 118 feet over all and 21 ft. 4 in. beam. Her engines are of the compound inverted type with cylinders 17 and 34 inches and a common stroke of 26 inches. Her cranks are set at right angles. The boiler is of Siemens-Martin steel plate of the cylindrical Scotch type 11 ft. 6 in. in diameter, 12 feet long, 182 tubes, 3 1/2 inches diameter, 9 feet long, 3 furnaces. It is built by John Inglis & Son, Toronto, and will carry a working pressure of 140 lbs. to the square inch. The engine is being built by the Calvin company in its own shop at Garden Island and is expected to run at about 600 feet per minute and develop 800 horse power.

The engines are reversed by steam with an auxiliary engine of beautiful construction and so powerful and positive in its motion that the engines can be stopped and reversed instantly under full steam. The bearings are lined with magnolia metal to prevent heating. She has an independent air pump and condenser which has a field of usefulness that is at once apparent to those who will consider its functions.

In addition to the above, the steamer is fitted with a patent steam windlass and capstan for raising her anchors, hauling in tow lines, loading steam pumps and apparatus on wrecked vessels, etc., and it is so arranged that if there is no steam in the boiler it can be instantly changed to work by hand with the ordinary patent brakes. The steamer is intended for wrecking purposes and barges on the great lakes and river St. Lawrence.


The str. James Swift will lay here on Sundays next year.

The state rooms will be taken out of the Rideau Belle. She will be made into an excursion steamer.

The Thousand Island steamboat company have had made in New York two large electric searchlights for the steamers Empire State and St. Lawrence. They will be the most powerful ever seen on the river.

A Controlling Interest - It is reported that the New York Central has acquired a controlling interest in the Thousand Island steamboat company, and, in connection with Folger Bros., will put on a line of steamers from Charlotte to the Thousand Islands the coming season. H. Walter Webb was elected a director of the company at the last meeting of the board. [Detroit Free Press]

p.5 Kingston In Brief - Capt. Noonan will have a search light put on the str. James Swift.

Capt. Macdonald, master of the tug McArthur, says the prospects for vessel business next season are bright.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jan 1894