MAKING SOME IMPROVEMENTS.
When the steamer North King goes into commission upon the opening of navigation her appearance, both internally and externally, will be greatly changed from that which her many patrons have been for so long accustomed. The double smoke stack will have disappeared, and in its place will be one large stack, conveying to the winds the smoke of two furnaces beneath the boilers. The smoke will find entry to the stack from the two fires by a joint in the form of the letter "A," which will be below decks. The bow deck will be increased, as the space fronting the engine room occupied by the boilers, which protruded above the deck level to the height of several feet, will hereafter be flush, giving just so much more space for baggage and freight. Likewise will the saloon be increased in size, as the large space hitherto boxed in to hide the machinery has been removed, and the only obstruction from one end of the saloon to the other will be the smokestack. The machinery is all being placed between decks. The main deck has been strengthened by the addition of 111 new "knees," or braces. In addition the steamer will receive two coats of paint from stem to stern and hull to hurricane deck. The changes will make the North King one of the finest steamers on Lake Ontario and the River St. Lawrence.
Ice Yacht Races -
March 9, 1897
p.1 Pith of the News - The Cleveland, Ohio, employees of the Globe shipbuilding company, out on strike for nearly two weeks, returned to work this morning. The company agreed to recognize the union and to use its influence to induce the non-union men now employed in the yards to join the union. Double time will be paid for work done Sundays and holidays and time and a half will be paid Saturdays.
Libellous Letter - sent around to injure the credit of R. & O. navigation company. [Montreal Herald]
p.6 To Build Them Here - Word was received at the local office of the M.T. company this afternoon that the tender of the Kingston locomotive works, for the construction of two steel barges for the M.T. company, has been accepted.
March 10, 1897
p.1 Lots of Floating Ice - Colchester, Ont., March 10th - This end of Lake Erie is covered with floating ice, which is likely to remain until a change of wind. The steamer Michigan and tug Swain are a little west of here, bound down, struggling hard to get through, but are making slow progress, and will have one solid field of ice to cut through from here to Point Pelee. They may succeed if the weather keeps fine.
p.2 The Breeze Took It - ice yachts race in light breeze.
p.6 General Paragraphs - The steamer Nichols, at the foot of Queen street, is receiving extensive repairs. The boiler is being raised, new planking is being added, and a new deck will be put on.
This morning workmen began operations on the tug Jessie Hall, overhauling her machinery and preparing her for the coming season's operations.