The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Apr 1896

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The M.T. Co.'s new lake barge Melrose was successfully launched at the company's dock yards, last evening, in the presence of fully 1,500 spectators. The event had been set to take place at half-past four, but it was a few minutes after six when the new vessel slid from the ways into the water. The launch was the most successful that has ever been made in this city, not a single hitch having occurred from start to finish. From the top-masts the British and Canadian flags flew gaily in the breeze, this being the only decoration visible. On board the boat was the "christening party," composed of Mrs. (Capt.) Gaskin, Miss Gaskin, Mrs. R. Waldron, and little Miss Waldron, granddaughter of Capt. Gaskin, and Capt. Gaskin himself. Out in the harbor, and connected with the new vessel by huge wire cables, were the tugs Walker, Hall and Bronson, ready, at the proper moment, to put forth their giant strength, in assistance of the workmen.

Shortly after six o'clock the signal was given, the tugs spluttered vigorously and moved out, the heavy cables tightened and stretched, and by almost imperceptible degrees, at first, then swiftly and gracefully, the huge structure slid down, and, with a splash, entered the element in which she will henceforth be at home, while the crowd cheered and waved their hats and the tugs tooted loudly. As she began to move down the ways, Miss Waldron, in accordance with the time-honored custom, broke a bottle of champagne on the prow. At the same moment she pulled the cord of the donkey engine's whistle, and, amid the noise of whistles and the groaning and creaking of timbers the barge was named "Melrose."

Marine Intelligence.

The schr. Annie Minnes cleared last night for lake ports.

The schr. Fleetwing cleared yesterday for Charlotte, N.Y., to load coal for Swift & Co.

The schr. Fabiola arrived at Crawford & Co.'s wharf today with 300 tons of coal from Oswego.

The tug Jessie Hall broke a flange of her wheel, last evening, at the launching of the Melrose.

The schr. Kate Eccles arrived last night from Oswego, with a cargo of coal for Crawford & Co.

The M.T. Co.'s tug Thomson, with two barges, coal laden, arrived this morning on her way from Oswego to Montreal.

The tug Reginald and three barges owned by the K. & M. F. Co. left this morning for Oswego to load coal for this port.

It is expected that three lake barges of the K. & M. F. Co. will clear for the upper lakes to load wheat, by the latter end of this week.

A number of crews for barges of the K. & M. F. Co. arrived from the east this morning. More were expected to arrive this afternoon.

The steam barge Aberdeen, bound from Oakville to Quebec, with flour, called at Craig & Co.'s wharf last night, and then continued on her trip.

The steamer Bannockburn and consorts Winnipeg and Selkirk passed up through the Welland canal yesterday. The str. Glengarry and consort Minnedosa also passed up light, bound for Toledo.

The steam barge Alberta, Capt. Hinckley, cleared last night for Alexandria Bay. She will at once commence the work of laying the buoys in the American channel, from Ogdensburg, N.Y., to Cape Vincent, N.Y.

To Have a Club House - Kingston Yacht Club now has 152 members, and 187 shares of stock sold.

We Know How in Kingston - A new tug, sixty feet in length, is to be launched at Cornwall shortly, and will be the first vessel ever launched at that town. Her owner has written to a local shipowner, asking what ceremonies are connected with the event. The mayor and counsel of the town are to attend the launch, which is to be made an imposing occurrence.

p.3 Port Milford, April 28th - ...The steam yacht Nina made her first trip from here to Kingston Monday the 27th. The Ripple, undergoing repairs, will soon be launched....

Collins Bay, April 28th - ...The barges Waubeschene and Muskoka were both launched this week. They look fine in their new coat of paint. The crew of the City of Owen Sound have gone to Owen Sound to take charge of her there. She has been undergoing repairs in Owen Sound this winter...

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Apr 1896