The Maritime History of the Great Lakes

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Magnet, belonging to the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company's fleet, is being rebuilt, and will have her name changed to the Hamilton. Next season she is to ply between the ambitious city, Kingston and Montreal.

p.4 To Be Queen of the Fleet - Thousand Island steamboat company have ordered new steamer to be made in Philadelphia, 20 miles an hour, for "Island Ramble" tour, cost $85,000.

p.5 Collins Bay, Feb. 19th - ....The Leslie company is getting ready to haul out one of its large boats for repairs....



A Winter Sight at Davis' Shipyard This Morning.

Daily Whig 16th - It is quite an unusual thing to see a launch in the winter and consequently quite a large number of mariners gathered about Davis' shipyard this morning to witness the sliding off of Capt. Ira Folger's new steambarge. The boat was built on ways next the railway track in a horizontal position. Little execution was necessary to start her. It was indeed a beautiful sight, the vessel plowing through the snow-covered ice until coming in contact with a snow bank she eased up with a graceful lurch. Capts. Saunders and James Dix had seen many a launch during their experience as sailors but this was the gem of them all. The reason she was let down now was on account of the low water in the bay in the spring. As soon as the ice gives she will be floated out of the nook.

The new barge will be named "King Ben," and it is not an unbecoming title. When Capt. Folger purchased the steambarge Freemason last fall it was intended to rebuild her but on further consideration a comparative new boat was decided on. The Freemason's boiler and engine will be used, as they are as good as new and very powerful. This is about the only portion of the old boat that has been reserved. King Ben is 111 ft. long, 22 ft. beam, 8 ft. 6 in. hold, and 160 tonnage. She can carry over 200 tons dead weight. The owner will take charge of the barge himself next season and intends running her between Oswego, Kingston and Ottawa. She is a beautiful model and good speed is looked for.

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    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
Rick Neilson
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