The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Sep 1897

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The tug Thomson arrived today from Montreal with two light barges.

The steamer Orion cleared from the dry dock last evening for the upper lakes.

The Corsican touched at Swift's wharf this morning on her way to Montreal. This trip closes the tri-weekly service.

The Queen of the Lakes arrived last evening from New Glasgow, N.S., with a cargo of pig iron, and cleared for Toronto.

Today J. Marks erected the storm signal pole at the government dry dock. The signal formerly appeared at Folger's dock.

The steamer Bannockburn with consorts Selkirk and Dunmore cleared today for Fort William to load wheat for this port.

The steamer Iona from Chatham lightened 13,500 bushels of wheat at Richardson's elevator last evening and proceeded to Montreal.

The steamer Bohemian of the R. & O. navigation company sailed to Montreal today on her last trip for this season. She will be wintered at Sorel, Que.

The tug Active cleared last night with four grain laden barges. She exchanged tows on the river with the tug Hall, and arrived back with three light barges.

The managers of the steamer Arundell, which ran on Lake Ontario during the past summer, declined to take out a liquor tax certificate on the ground that they were subject to state law when on United States water. The United States excise department held differently, and recently began proceedings for the collection of the tax and penalties, whereupon, the managers of the steamer abandoned their claim of exemption and paid the tax.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Sept. 29th - Down: steamer Iona, Chatham to Montreal, wheat; steamer Aragon, Duluth to Prescott, wheat; steamer Smith, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.


The Mooers' Company Elevator Fairly Growing.

A person desirous of securing an impression of the busy scene which characterized the building of King Solomon's famous temple could not do better than to visit the spot whereon the Mooers' company grain elevator is being constructed. Of course the splendor will be missing, but the bustling, hive-like activity is there to be found in all its intensity. Where, a few short weeks ago, there is nothing, now appears the foundation for a massive structure, and although the site at present presents a chaotic appearance, still the building, like the Phoenix, of mythology, rising from the ashes, will, figuratively, grow above the disordered mass of mortar, stone, brick, timber, lumber and iron which now surrounds it.

By the end of this week the east end of the stonework will have been completed. Until this is all finished the carpenters will be delayed. Work on the outer cribwork will also be concluded by the close of this week. When these two heavy undertakings are at an end and the present staff will be doubled and the work rushed to a conclusion. As fast as the crib work is finished up the openings between the logs are being filled in with loose stone. All the spiles near the middle of the building have been surrounded by loose stones to prevent any possibility of the building rocking or sagging. Stone foundation walls two feet thick are built upon the spiles. On these walls are laid clear cut timbers one foot square. These timbers form the base of the wooden super-structure, which consists of planking two inches thick and ten inches wide laid on their flat, forming walls ten inches thick in all directions. The storehouse proper will practically consist of three sections, a valley on either side, running from east to west, for grain conveyers, causing the divisions. These sections will be divided into fifty-six bins, forty-eight being 14 x 15 feet and eight a little smaller. Besides these are six large shipping bins, from which boats will be loaded. It will be possible to move grain from one bin to another with perfect ease. Openings exist from each bin to the two conveyers, which will carry grain to the east end of the storehouse, where barges will be loaded. Two similar conveyers will be placed on the second flat for the purpose of discharging vessels. The first story, shorewards, is all up, but the water end is not yet in position, owing to the delay on the stonework.

The entire engine room, walls and all, rests on a solid bed of concrete eighteen inches thick. The bed for the engine and boilers has been laid, and just as soon as the roof covers this part of the plant the machinery will be placed in position. The engine will be of 250 horse power, but a steam condenser will increase the strength to 300 horse power. Two boilers, having a capacity of 125 horse power each, will supply steam for all purposes. The smoke-stack, to be of brick, is now underway. The engine room will be twenty-five feet high, and on account of being detached from the elevator proper, the insurance rates on the last named building will therefore be greatly lessened.

The building covers an area 74 x 211 ft. From the water line to its highest point will be 113 ft. 4 in. The space devoted to the storage of grain will be 60 x 168 x 72 ft. As the building proceeds, staging will be erected inside, material being hoisted by machinery. At the outer end of the elevator there is twenty-five feet of water, while in either slip there is a depth of from sixteen to eighteen feet. Already 600,000 feet of lumber has been used, and 350,000 feet more is enroute. It is expected that by November 15th the elevator will be ready to receive grain. It will cost $100,000 and its capacity will be 575,000 bushels. J.H. Tromanhauser is superintending the construction for the contractors, and under his guidance the work is making satisfactory progress.

p.5 Port Milford, Sept. 28th - The schooner Nellie Hunter is laid up here, with no work in sight. The Ripple arrived from Kingston on Monday with merchandise for F. Newman. The steamer Jubilee took the Thistle's trip this week, as the latter is in Kingston drydock.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Sep 1897