The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Aug 1896

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The Steamer Rosemount Has Reached Kingston.

The steamship Rosemount arrived in port yesterday morning, being towed up in tow parts from Montreal. On account of the vessel being larger than the locks in the lower canal, it was necessary to cut her in twain. The rivets were knocked out a few yards forward of amidships, and temporary bulkheads put in to float the parts. The Rosemount is away ahead of the company's other large freighter, the Bannockburn, in many respects, and can be safely classed as the finest ship afloat on fresh water. On account of her salt water voyage the outside painting was naturally a little rusty; her outside appearance will be greatly enhanced when a coat of paint has been applied. Her hull is very strongly built, the forward plating being nearly an inch thick. The plates were much thicker in this section because of the extra service required in entering locks. The ship's outfit is second to none in the country. Her cabins and rooms are of hardwood finish, including mahogany, walnut, teak and canary wood with stencilled panels. Her dimensions are: Length over all, 253 feet; beam, forty one feet; hold, twenty-one feet three inches. Would the depth of water allow it the Rosemount could carry 100,000 bushels of wheat, but, of course, she can only be loaded to fourteen feet in coming into this port. She is equipped with triple-expansion, surface-condensing engines and two boilers which are allowed 180 pounds working pressure. The accommodation given the officers and crew is not equalled on any ocean freighter. Her finishings are of the very latest improved designs and her spare cabins are more like commodious parlors. The Rosemount is one foot wider than the Bannockburn, otherwise her dimensions are much the same. She is provided with the most expensive set of compasses made.

Capt. A. McMaugh, at present on the str. Bannockburn, will be transferred to the Rosemount. Capt. Maudsley, of the str. Glengarry, will be promoted to the Bannockburn. The engineers of the new boat have not yet been appointed. It is probable that the engineers who brought the ship out from England will remain on her for a few trips.

This morning Capt. Gaskin could not tell whether the Rosemount would be reunited here or not. The government dry dock-fees are high, and just as good accommodations can be had at Ogdensburg, where work is done by means of a marine railway. The S.S. Algonquin was put together at Ogdensburg, and this summer a couple of whalebacks were also attended to there. The Rosemount will be ready for the lakes in a couple of weeks' time. She brought iron ore ballast up the river, and this was taken out of her today.

Marine News.

The str. Corsican took the down trip from Kingston this morning.

The steambarge Quebec arrived up from Ottawa this morning with a cargo of lumber.

The tugs Hall and Bronson will clear tonight with nine barges of grain for Montreal.

The schr. Katie Eccles is in from Colborne with 8,000 bushels of peas to be transhipped by the M.T. Co.

Called at Craig & Co.'s wharf on Sunday: str. Persia, Montreal; str. Ocean, Hamilton; str. Melbourne, Toledo.

The str. Columbian came in yesterday afternoon and left today for Iroquois. She runs an excursion out of there to Thousand Island park.

The str. Glengarry, with barges Dunmore and Minnedosa, arrived in Saturday night from Duluth. Their entire cargo consisted of 150,000 bushels of oats and wheat. The tow will leave tonight for the upper lakes.

The tug Walker arrived up last night with five light barges and cleared for Oswego and Charlotte last night with four barges to load coal. Some of the coal comes to Kingston and the remainder goes through to Montreal.

The str. G.H. Merritt was at Swift's dock this morning enroute for bay ports. She brought an excursion from Belleville and other ports to Thousand Island Park on Saturday and remained there over Sunday. Rev. Mr. Crossley, Napanee, ran the excursion.

Really Only One Steamboat Company - The river residents usually recognize the fact, however, that there is really only one steamboat company doing business at the islands, and that is the Thousand Island steamboat company. To be sure there are various other steamers in competition with this company that may have enjoyable trips to offer, but the Folger line is nevertheless the only acknowledged line on the river. They have the largest and best equipped excursion boats, and practically every day every desirable point of interest on the river. Their line is the best managed and also has by far the best facilities for carrying the people. [Watertown Gazette]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Aug 1896