The Maritime History of the Great Lakes

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The majority of people have no idea of the business done at Garden Island outside of those connected with the place. A reporter was shown about the island yesterday afternoon. The rafting work has been gotten down to a regular science with the Calvin company. In years gone by a large staff of men had to be employed on work that is now accomplished by machinery. Besides a curtailing of expense, despatch and convenience is also obtained. The machine shops of the company are equipped with the most modern appliances until now almost anything in connection with a vessel can be manufactured. The old graveyard is an interesting feature of the island. This is a nook to the south of the shipyard where all the old hulls lay. Fifteen or twenty of these old crafts are sticking above the surface as remembrances of older days.

The principal work now in progress on the island is the erection of a new steambarge. This vessel will be one of the largest on the lakes and will have a great capacity for timber. She is built unusually wide in front, in fact there would be little difficulty in playing baseball on her decks.

The boat was sarted last summer and will be ready for launching on the opening of navigation. She is 180 ft. long, 37 ft. beam and 13 ft. hold. Her engines were taken from the steambarge Scotia, which Mr. Calvin purchased last fall. They are compound engines. Her boilers are the patent Aetna boilers, invented by Mr. Hazlett. They are a great success and at a test yesterday stood 160 pounds of steam. The company is now turning out three of these boilers, two for the new boat and the other for other uses about the island. Capt. Simmons, of this city, will have charge of the boat and George Booth will be first engineer. It is not intended that the steamer will tow another vessel although she is quite capable of doing so. She will carry about 40,000 feet of oak.

p.5 Kingston In Brief - Capt. Joseph Dix, owner of the steamer Lorelei, has just received a charter from the Rathbun Co., Deseronto, for the Lorelei for 1895 to run between Gananoque and Clayton.

The str. Lorelei will be cut in two and lengthened fifteen feet. R. Davis & Son will do the work. The steamer will be made more roomy.

Semi-Weekly British Whig, Feb. 28, 1895

p.3 The str. Merritt will probably be owned by a company of Belleville and Picton men this season. She will be improved considerably and be placed in the same business as last season.

p.5 District Dashes - The following have been appointed captains of lake vessels for 1895 at Ogdensburg: Captain John Leonard, of the Mecosta, Lake Superior; Capt. Jas. Walsh, of the Grecian, of the Menominee transit line.

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    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
Rick Neilson
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