The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Nov 1897

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The tug Walker was expected in from Oswego today with coal laden barges.

The tug Active cleared for Montreal yesterday with three barges, grain-laden.

The schooner Acacia reached Crawford's wharf last night with coal from Oswego.

The schooner Annie Minnes left for Oswego yesterday to load coal for Wellington.

The propellor Glengarry is expected here this evening with wheat from Fort William.

The S.S. Bannockburn will arrive next week, and will discharge her cargo of wheat at Mooer's elevator.

Considerable repairs will be done to the steamer North King's walking beam and other parts this winter.

The tug Reginald left Portsmouth last night with the barges Condor and Siren to load coal at Fair Haven

The sloops H.M. Ballou and Maggie L. with wheat and oats were expected at Richardson's elevator today.

It is expected that if the United States training ship Yantic, en route to Detroit, gets through the lower canals this fall she will be docked here for repairs. Permission will be obtained for her to enter the government graving dock.

This winter the schooner Queen of the Lakes will be prepared for traffic on the Atlantic coast of South America. New spars, booms, gaffs and rigging will be supplied, and the steering gear altered. Capt. Oliver, who commands the schooner, is a practical salt water sailor and thoroughly understands the outfit required.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Nov. 19th - Down: schooner St. Louis, Ashtabula to Hamilton, coal; steamer D. Luty, Munising to Ogdensburg, lumber; barge W.R. Moore, Munising to Ogdensburg, lumber.

Port Colborne, Nov. 19th - Down: steamer Glengarry, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; steamer Viking and barge, Ashland to Oswego, lumber.

p.4 Wind Wafts - The steamer Hamilton did not reach this port last night as expected. She arrived up today.

The schooner Fabiola cleared this morning for Oswego, having aboard a load of lumber. She will return with coal for James Swift & Co.

The schooner Fleetwing arrived this morning at Swift & Co.'s wharf, having been twelve days in making the round trip to Oswego. She was delayed many days at Oswego owing to unfavorable weather. One more round trip will complete her work for this season.


The Big Tug Here.

The big tug W.H. Brown, bound from Duluth, Minn., to New Orleans, La., reached here this morning about eleven o'clock from Cape Vincent. The government dry-dock was all ready for her reception and she at once entered, the object being to lash four pontoons to her hull, to buoy her up so as to enable her to pass through the St. Lawrence canals. The Brown is said to be the largest tug in the world. Her dimensions are: length over all, 156 ft.; beam, 28 ft; hold, 17 ft. Her draft is 12 ft. 6 in. aft and 10 ft. forward. Her engines are triple expansion, 1,800 horse-power, and she is capable of attaining a speed of sixteen miles an hour, though her forte will lie in her great towing strength.

She is elaborately fitted out, is equipped with a complete wrecking outfit and is supplied with an electric lighting plant. She is built entirely of steel and is intended for service on the sea, being supplied with steam capstans, winches, towing machine, etc. Her owner, W.H. Brown, is a large coal dealer in Pittsburg, Pa. He is accompanying the steamer. James Delaney, St. Catharines, will pilot the steamer through to Montreal. The Collins Bay rafting company has the contract to pontoon the big tug through the St. Lawrence canals. She will leave here on Monday.

General Paragraphs - This morning the tug Reginald, with two barges, cleared for Fairhaven to load coal for Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Nov 1897