The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Aug 1899

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The schooner Acacia cleared today for Oswego.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Winnipeg from Fort William will arrive at the M.T. company elevator this evening.

The tug Thomson arrived this morning with four light barges from Montreal, and cleared again for the same place with six barges, grain laden.

The schooner Ballou came out of Davis' dry dock this afternoon and the tug Maggie May entered for repairs. The steamer Visgar, disabled at Thousand Island park, could not be accommodated today.

Work has been commenced on the new steamer for the Rideau route, and it will be completed by June 1st next. It is expected that this steamer will cut off all competition which is at present threatened.

Passenger traffic on all the steamboat lines from Toronto to Quebec has been exceptionally heavy this season. The Ontario navigation company steamers are overtaxed on every trip at present. The R. & O. company's steamers have all they can handle, and the Folger fleet have as much business on the river as they can attend to.

p.2 Who Owns the Boat? - At the police court this morning Delos Grimshaw was charged with obstructing the harbor by allowing the hulk of the steamer City of Kingston to lie under water near the K. & P. wharf in Anglin's Bay. He pleaded not guilty.

Harbor master McCammon testified as to the position of the steamer and the complaints made about it.

John McKelvey used to own the steamer, but sold it about four years ago to Delos Grimshaw, through R. Davis, for $25.

R. Davis remembered the deal between McKelvey and Grimshaw. As far as he knew Grimshaw was still the owner of the steamer.

B.W. Folger testified to loss of revenue for wharf rental, leased to S. Anglin, because of the obstruction of the old steamer.

Mr. Grimshaw denied the ownership of the boat, and said it belonged to Capt. W.R. Smith. He asked for an adjournment, and said he would bring M. Mallen, who acted under orders from Capt. Smith, and placed the steamer where she now lies, also Capt. Smith himself. The case will come up again on Tuesday next.

The Rideau Route - the Rideau Lakes navigation company's new steamer has been started, need of summer hotel in Kingston.



Toronto is to have another roller boat. This one is the result of the patient thought and calculation of a Toronto man who in terror of the ridicule of the public, in the event of utter failure, has preserved the strictest secrecy regarding his identity.

The latest candidate for fame in the aquatic world is being built in an obscure corner in Walter Fean's boat house at Sunnyside. The design of the freak boat, as it first came to Mr. Dean (sic), demanded the construction of a cigar shaped hull to be driven by canvas. The impracticability of the idea was shown to the inventor and the result was the introduction of gasoline as a motive power. The construction of the craft is so far advanced that the builders expect to launch it next week.

As the boat stands now it is about twenty feet from end to end. The centre section is about twelve feet in length, is an open cylinder, in diameter 3 1/2 feet. The ends are cones which fit tightly to the cylinder. This cigar shaped hull is constructed of one quarter inch bass wood, strengthened by elm frames. At two joints between the three sections are six inch steel bonds two at each joint. The outer band set is laid upon roller bearings. Attached to the inside of the of the band, is a circle of cogs. The top of each cone is cut away about one third of its extent. In the stern opening is set a very light 3 1/2 horse power gasoline engine. Forward is the gasoline tank. The engine drives a cogwheel which is attached to the cogs on the inside of the outer steel band revolves the band (sic). Extending from one band to the other are three steel spirals, six inches in depth.

The idea of the inventor is that the revolving of the bands to which are attached the spirals around the central hull which propel the hull endwise through the water. Simply, the cigar shaped hull will worm its way through the water.

Incidents of the Day - Arrivals at Crawford's wharf: schooner Burton from Oswego, and schooner Freeman from Sodus, both coal laden.

Tomorrow the steamer Argyle makes her last Sunday trip to Alexandria Bay.

The steamer Alexandria, from Montreal, called at Craig's wharf last night.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Aug 1899