The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jun 1895

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The str. J.J. Hill, 40,000 and Marion, 45,000 bushels of corn are both in from Chicago.

Capt. J.G. Hurley has changed for river work the tug Stormy Petrel and barge Minnie Francis.


Cleveland, June 13th - A contract has been closed with the Michigan wreckage and salvage company, of Detroit, to raise the steamer St. Magnus, which capsized in the river here on Friday night. Capt. George McLeod represented the underwriters and agreed to the contract. Work was begun this morning, and will be rapidly pushed. The loss on the boat will be about $20,000, and on the cargo $14,000. The contract price for raising the steamer is said to be $3,000.

An examination disclosed the fact that her deck load of pig iron had gone through her forward port bulwarks and now lies at the bottom of the river. The corn will have to be pumped out before anything can be done toward raising her. This was her first trip after receiving about $12,000 worth of improvements.

Steamer Jack's Value - Detroit, June 13th - The appraisers appointed by Judge Swan fixed the value of the steamer Jack at $8,000. That is all that can be collected by the owners of the steamer Norman, in case they win their suit against the Canadians. They sued for $164,000.

p.2 The Soo Canal Scandal - editorial mentions overruns in cost, and a pier built for C.P.R. that interferes with navigation.


Great interest is being taken on the St. Lawrence River in the new steamer America, which has just been launched by the Thousand Island steamboat company. It is the most luxurious of the whole fleet under the management of that corporation. The America is of the same size as the St. Lawrence, her frame work and hull being of steel, to correspond with that steamer. Upon her main deck aft is located a large dining-room, equipped with individual tables, comfortable chairs, and the finest linen, crockery and glassware. This room is a model of taste and completeness. The heavy English Brussels carpet, a delicate shade of olive green and gold, harmonizes with the rich Velours curtains and Wilton upholstery. Heavy polished plate glass windows extend from stem to stern on all decks, and every panel is filled with a beveled plate glass mirror.

A large saloon cabin is built upon the promenade deck and furnished in the same manner as the dining room upon the main deck below. The staterooms, with which this steamer is well supplied, connect with the saloon cabin and are equipped in a style consistent with the other tasteful and substantial furnishings. The electric lighting is by 250 incandescent lamps, whose beauty is enhanced by artistic oxidized fixtures. The searchlight is an exact duplicate in size, construction and power of the lamp on the steamer St. Lawrence. It is the largest ever used on a passenger steamer, and in fact the extreme size possible for such a purpose - 1,000,000 candle power.

Among other unique features, introduced for the first time on this steamer, is one that deserves special mention. Her wheels are of the most improved pattern of feathering bucket, so, instead of having them entirely concealed, and the beauty of mechanism wasted, thick plate glass is inserted, through which one may observe the revolutions. Incandescent electric lights of various colors, with powerful reflectors, are placed within the paddle boxes, and at night iredescent rays illuminating the flying spray and rapidly revolving wheels produce a most novel and fascinating scene. This new steamer is certainly a creditable addition to the "White Squadron," which plies along the Thousand Islands in direct connection with the Vanderbilt system. [Syracuse, N.Y., Post]

p.4 Wreckage Washed Ashore - Oswego, June 13th - The place where the ill-fated steam launch Gitana and her unfortunate crew went down is somewhere in the eleven miles of open water stretching between the north end of Stoney Island and Grenadier Island.

The residents and fishermen are all on the look-out for the bodies or wreckage. The water where the boat is supposed to have gone down is about eighty feet deep. The flagstaff, bell and oil can of the launch Gitana were washed ashore at Tibbett's Point yesterday.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jun 1895