The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Feb 1894

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p.4 The Pith of the News - The annual report of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co. was issued yesterday. It sets forth that while the directors went to heavy expenses to accommodate the world's fair traffic, the traffic did not materialize, and the result is that the year was a disappointing one.

Feb. 8, 1894

p.1 Incidents of the Day - Yesterday Sylvester Staley, second engineer on the str. John Nichol lying at Duluth, left for Buffalo where he will join the first engineer and both proceed to the boat.



An Ottawa despatch says the problem of a fast Atlantic service is about to be solved by a Prescott man, who has laid a plan before the government and asked for the modest sum of $50,000 to assist him in demonstrating its practicability. He has just returned from England, where he had patented an idea. This invention would enable vessels to cross the Atlantic from Canada to England in two days. The model he submitted shows a huge metal cylinder, 150 feet in diameter and 1,000 feet long. Within this, slung on an immense steel rod, hangs the ship, broadside forward. The cylinder, against the face of which huge paddles are fastened, revolves on this rod, thus propelling the whole thing at an immense speed of sixty miles an hour.

The cylinder is divided into water tight compartments, and at each end of this rod is a projection for the lookout. It affords a promenade for passengers a thousand feet long, covered from wind and storm. Of course good resistance to the wind is offered by the revolving cylinder, but that is compensated for by there being no resistance to the water. The steering is done from the sides. It would be like a huge revolving barrel, with the ship hung inside, and not coming in contact with the water. In calm weather it would go like a greyhound.

The inventor submitted the idea to a nautical expert in England, who said it violated no principle of navigation. He also submitted it to Walter Shanly, the eminent Canadian engineer, who thought such a craft would at least obtain the speed of the Lucania. He also submitted it to the nautical expert of the marine department at Ottawa and to Commander Spain.

The members of the administration whom the inventor saw advised him to demonstrate the practicability of the thing by building a small craft and testing it on the St. Lawrence, and this he intends to do.



Montreal, Feb. 8th - The annual meeting of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company took place this forenoon. Five new directors were put on the board and Michael Connolly appointed president in place of his brother now in jail. W. Wainwright, assistant general manager of the Grand Trunk, was made vice-president. The other directors are: J. Louis, Quebec; F.C. Henshaw, Hector Mackenzie, C.J. Forget, Rudolph Forget, Alton F. Clark, W.R. Miller, Montreal; James Swift, Kingston. The last five are new members. The company's management is to be completely reorganized and the company put on a dividend paying basis.

Feb. 9, 1894

p.1 Against The Company - An action was taken against the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company some time ago for $1,080, the value of a trunk and its contents, which were damaged at the time of the burning of the steamer Corinthian in 1892. Thursday Judge Loranger, Montreal, gave payment for $500, the full extent to which a public carrier is liable.

The Kingston Stockholders - Henry Folger and James Swift have each fifty shares in the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company. J.B. Murphy holds 1,000 shares and J. Johnston, Kingston, 100 shares.....(followed by figures on receipts, expenses etc.)

p.2 Down The St. Lawrence - steamer Columbian of Richelieu line may go on Buffalo-Chippewa route next season. [Buffalo Express]

p.4 A Lucky Holder - M. Connolly, the new president, who will soon take up his residence in Montreal, stated to the Empire that the company has never before been in as good a position to serve the public as today. The lucky man, however, is J.B. Murphy, who if he sold his stock today, would make a clear profit of a little less than $50,000, but the clear-headed businessman from Kingston says R. & O. will yet reach par and he is not anxious to sell just now. [Toronto Empire]

To Look After The Boats - John C. Gough, mechanical superintendent of the R. & O. N. Co., arrived in the city from Montreal today. He is here to look after the repairs and improvements to be made to the boats laid up at the wharves. The stern of the Columbian will be fixed at once.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Feb 1894