The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Oct 1897

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The steamer John Milne, freight laden, arrived from Ottawa today.

The sloop Two Brothers is unloading coal at the water works wharf.

The schooner Fleetwing is at Swift's wharf discharging a cargo of coal.

The steamer James Swift has gone into winter quarters. She had a prosperous season.

The schooner Loretta Rooney from Oswego with hard coal is discharging at Crawford's wharf.

The schooner Annandale cleared this morning for Charlotte to load coal for the Rathbun Co.

The barge Doris loaded 15,000 bushels of rye for Montreal at Richardson's elevator this morning.

The steamers Corsican, Montreal, bound westward; Hamilton, Hamilton, east, touched at Swift's wharf today.

The propeller Glengarry and Minnedosa, with 91,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William, came into port last night.

The schooner Emery and schooner Acacia, from Bay ports with peas, are arrivals at the M.T. company's elevator.

The steamer Ketchum and consort Owen, with 110,000 bushels of corn for the M.T. company, arrived from Chicago this morning.

The tugs Walker and Thomson arrived from Montreal last night with nine light barges. The latter left again for the same port with four barges, grain laden.

The M.T. company's new steel barge to be known as the Cobourg will be launched from the locomotive works' dock tomorrow afternoon. Miss Jean Gaskin, daughter of Capt. Gaskin, will christen the new boat.

Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator: sloops H.M. Ballou, 3,900 bushels rye; Echo, 1,800 rye; Laura D., 2,500 rye; Pilot, 1,800 rye; Monitor, 1,700 rye; Maggie L., 3,200 rye and Madcap, 1,750 rye, all from Bay of Quinte ports.

The new boats for the R. & O. Navigation Co. will cost $275,000 each, and be modelled after the Fall River line. The designer of them will assist Mr. Bertram in the construction of the boats. They will be 277 feet in length, have sleeping capacity for over 400 and will be licensed to carry 1,500. Dining rooms will be on the second deck. The maximum speed is twenty knots an hour and minimum of eighteen. There will be $50,000 spent on interior decorations on each boat. The first steamer must be ready by July 1st, and the second three weeks later.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Oct. 28th - Down: steamer Langdon, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Arabian, Fort William to Prescott, wheat.

Port Dalhousie, Oct. 28th - Down: steamer Ketcham, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge G.J. Owen, Chicago to Kingston, corn; steamer A. McVittie, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.


To Be Launched From The Locomotive Works Wharf.

When the Montreal transportation company decides to have constructed a new boat the question with them is not "how cheaply can we have the work done." They say outright "we want the very best that can be procured," and it is noticeable that they generally get what they want. As a result of this principle the company has today the best fleet of boats carrying grain from the west to the seaboard. It is the secret of the company's success, and one that commends itself to other companies engaged in a similar line of business. From one end to the other of the chain of great lakes is the company known for the excellence of its floating stock, and this reputation gives grain shippers confidence in the big transportation company, attested by the fact that the aforesaid line of boats never has to go looking for charters.

The company is at present engaged in having built here three barges, which, when they take their place on the route, will outrival all craft engaged in the transportation of grain on the St. Lawrence river. Of the two building by the locomotive works company, one is about ready for launching and within a few days she will be enroute to Montreal with her first cargo of grain. The new craft is named Cobourg, and her sister craft is christened Brighton. The dimensions of the Cobourg are: Length over all, 180 feet; beam thirty-five feet eleven inches; hold, twelve feet. She is steel framed throughout, with steel deck, sides, rail, cabin, etc. The bottom and bilges are planked, the bottom with five inch and the garboards with six inch planking. The steel plating on the sides is thick, but graduated as required for strength. Outside of her bottom, there is scarcely sufficient wood in her make up to build a good sized dog house. Her bow is well protected, the steel framing being only eight inches apart. Over the six inch planking are iron plates on either side of the bow, running back some distance, thus ensuring perfect strength.

She is equipped with two water tight and collision bulkheads forward, and two water tight compartments aft. Iron and wood breast hooks add to the sturdiness of her bow, which is calculated to withstand the force of a blow of great severity. Five hatches open into three compartments. The largest compartment is located amidships, those forward and aft being separated from the bulkheads by water tight walls. The inside wooden wall of the hull is composed of double panels, numbered, so that in case of a leak it is possible to remove one or more panels in order to get at the cause of the trouble.

When light she will draw less than three feet of water. On nine feet of water she will carry 35,000 bushels of wheat. As at present only nine feet of water can be obtained in the St. Lawrence canals, the figures given above will represent her cargo on each trip. On twelve feet of water she will carry 48,000 bushels of wheat. On nine feet of water, therefore, she will have nearly double the capacity of any river barge at present in service. Four double-acting pumps, cased from floor to deck, provide means of keeping the well free of water.

The Cobourg is one of the best constructed vessels of her class on the inland lakes, and nothing at present existing can approach her in point of perfection. She will rate "A-1* " in Lloyd's inland standard, the very highest obtainable classification. The Cobourg, and also her sister ship, was designed by that veteran shipbuilder, William Power, than whom there is no better in America. Mr. Power was engaged by the Montreal transportation company to superintend the construction of the barges, his appointment being approved of by the firm building the barges. The design is a credit to Mr. Power, and the work executed by the locomotive works company is of that class of unequaled quality for which the works are celebrated.

p.4 The two coal barges which went ashore above Brockville while in tow with the Oclemena, have been released.

The schooner Tradewind, with barley from Oshawa, reached Clark's malt house this morning.

p.6 General Paragraphs - This morning the steamer Pierrepont took across to Cape Vincent a cargo of cattle. The animals were purchased from Pittsburg township farmers.

The schooner Two Brothers is at Booth & Co.'s coal yard with a consignment of coal from Oswego. The sloop Columbian is unloading slabs at the same place.

The steamer D.D. Calvin is at Charlotte loading coal for Brockville. Two of the Calvin company's barges are also employed in carrying coal to and from the same places.

The Barges Released.

John Donnelly, jr., arrived from Brockville today where he went to interview Capt. Frank Perew, representing Worthington & Sills, underwriters, for the cargo of the stranded barges Argo and Hoboken. The first barge was released from the shoal above Brockville without damage, and the latter required pumping out, done with pumps and a syphon from Ogdensburg. The steamer Oclemena is out about two feet forward, but it was expected that she would be pulled off today with very little damage. The barges were taken to Ogdensburg.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Oct 1897