The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Feb 1896

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p.1 A New Steamer Being Built - A new steamer is being constructed at Charlotte, N.Y., by the Genesee River & Lake Ontario Steamboat Co. It will be christened the Ontario. It will be fitted with compound engines and will burn hard coal. The company is also said to be negotiating for the purchase of a large lake steamer to run between Charlotte and the Thousand Islands.

Illustrated Section - p.1 - photo of James Stewart, manager of Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co.

p.3 - short description of Capt. T. Donnelly.

Ice Yachtsmen Have A "Smoker." - at their club rooms on Simcoe St.; programme of vocal and instrumental music, readings and recitations.

p.4 Radford In Trouble - Isaac Radford, formerly a vessel owner of Garden Island and Kingston, having real estate problems in Chicago.

Feb. 3, 1896

p.2 They Were Lost In A Fog - another unsuccessful attempt at iceboat racing - about sixteen iceboats start just as the fog is setting in. (2/3 column)

Feb. 4, 1896



Yesterday afternoon Capt. Gaskin arrived from England, by way of New York. He was accompanied by two directors of the M.T. Co., and the purpose of their visit to the motherland was to award the contract for a new boat for the company. The new boat is to be a sister of the Bannockburn, with one foot more beam, and will be the most modern steamer ever brought into this part of Canada. She is to be built at Billguray, on the Tyne, within four miles of Newcastle, in the north of England. She is to be called the Rosemount and her dimensions will be: Length, over all, 253 feet; length between perpendiculars, 245 feet; extreme breadth, 41 feet; molded depth, 21 feet, 3 3/4 inches. She will be fitted with a set of triple-expansion surface-condensing engines, the cylinders being each 21 1/2, 34 and 57 inches in diameter, giving a piston stroke of 39 inches. Her two boilers will each be 13 feet 9 inches in diameter, and 9 feet 9 inches long, capable of sustaining a mean pressure of 180 pounds of steam. A double stern post will give additional strength besides protecting the wheel, which is calculated to drive this monster at a uniform speed of fourteen miles an hour. Her carrying capacity will be 66,000 bushels at fourteen feet draught, although built to carry at eighteen feet. She will have three spars fitted with sails and hatchways. Her interior fittings will be superb. The captain's, mate's and chief engineer's rooms will be gorgeously furnished. The panels and trimmings will be of mahogany and walnut. Plate glass mirrors, marble top tables, washstands, etc., will be fitted to each room. Every sleeping and living room will be heated by hot water. The furniture in the officers' rooms will be covered with raw silk. These rooms will be large and commodious, well lighted and fitted with two berths, each with space for additional berths. The steamer is to be delivered here about the first of June.

Incidents of the Day - Capt. Donnelly returned from Port Dalhousie, last night, where he was laying out the work on the government steamer Bayfield, which will be rebuilt there this winter. The work will be done under the superintendence of W. Evans, the Toronto inspector.

The new boat being built by the M.T. Co., in the ship yard adjoining the barracks, will be ready for launching early in the spring. It will be given the name of Melrose.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Feb 1896