The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Apr 1900

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p.1 Attempt On the Canal - details.




This steamer, to be built at Toronto by the Bertram Engine Works company for the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, will be similar in character to the steamer Toronto, built by the same firm, but somewhat longer and with greater accommodation. She will run on alternate days with the steamer Toronto on the route between Toronto and Prescott, and will be ready for June, 1901. Her length overall will be 290 feet; breadth of hull, 36 feet; depth of hull, 14 feet; draft of water, 8 feet 6 inches.

The hull will be of open hearth steel with four watertight bulkheads; the main deck also will be wholly of steel. The hull will have considerable dead rise on the bottom, the general shape being based on that of the steamer Toronto, which has proved such a complete success both as to speed, economy of fuel and seaworthiness. The increased length will enable the lines to be somewhat easier and finer than those of the Toronto.

The boilers will be four in number, of Scotch pattern, 11 feet in diameter and 11 feet 6 inches long. Each boiler will have 2 furnaces of Adamson type, 40 inches in diameter, fitted with the Howden ? system of hot water.

The engine will be inclined triple expansion, with three cranks and three cylinders, respectively 28, 44 and 74 inches in diameter and six feet stroke, with a working pressure of 175 pounds steam per square inch, capable of making 40 revolutions with feathering paddle wheels twenty-two inches (sic) in diameter with curved steel buckets ten feet four inches long and three feet six inches wide.

The average time-table speed will be seventeen miles per hour, with capacity for twenty miles when required.

The general outfit, including steam windlass and capstan forward and steam capstan aft, and life-saving apparatus, water tanks for trimming purposes, steam steering gear, artificial ventilation and electric light plant of 1,000 lights, will all be of the latest and most improved design.

With the exception of a limited space for a small amount of express freight and the space necessary for crew and propelling purposes, the entire steamer will be given up to passenger accommodation.

On the main deck aft will be the smoking and correspondence rooms, barber shop, bar saloon, entrance hall, purser's office and baggage room. In the middle engines and boilers and a portion of the crew space, and forward the dining room and pantries, extending out the full width of the sides and lit from both sides, and a raised glass canopy in the ceiling. This position of the dining room is admirably adapted for purposes of observation as well as for convenience, with the kitchen below. It will cause a large gain in passenger accommodation, as on most steamers this space is devoted to freight.

With the exception of the open seating space at the bow, sides and stern, the saloons and staterooms will occupy the whole of the first and second decks above the main deck, arranged in the form usual on the large inland steamers.

An exceptional feature, however, will be a large handsome skylight in the room immediately over the glass canopy in the ceiling of the dining room. There will be 165 staterooms and eight parlor rooms with bathrooms attached.

The third deck above the main deck will have the pilot house forward, and behind it, the rooms of the captain, mates and wheelmen; all the rest of this deck will be an immense promenade for passengers.

Following the principle adopted in the case of the steamer Toronto, the ornamental work will be of original design and finish throughout, and the builders, with their assistant architects and artists, expect the handsomest result yet attained in marine architecture.

Kingston Historical Society - meeting held; talk is about 1810 diary of Richard Cartwright which mentions a trip on vessel Camden from Amherstburg to Niagara which took one week.

p.4 The schooner Oliver Mowat, from Oshawa, unloaded 19,000 bushels of barley at the M.T. company's elevator this morning.



The schooner Burton cleared yesterday for Belleville to load grain for Richardson's elevator.

The steamer America is now in Anglin's bay where she will be repainted.

The steambarge King Ben cleared last night for Ogdensburg.

The M.T. company's lake tow, which left here on Monday are at Dalhousie awaiting the Welland canal to open. A telegram received states that the delay is caused by the new G.T.R. bridge.

The Tudhope carriage company, Orillia, who purchased the steam yacht C. Here from Davis & Sons, will spend $1,000 in improvements on the yacht. The work will be done at Davis' shipyard. A new cabin and interior additions will be made.

It is reported that the outside bank of the canal at the head of the Rapids du Platte will be extended some 800 feet and a considerable dredging done at the entrance so as to allow vessels drawing fourteen feet of water to come down through the canal.

The lake carriers association of Cleveland has adopted the following schedule of wages: firemen, wheelsmen, lookouts and seamen from $42.50 to $45.00 per month, and mates on sailing vessels from $65 to $75 per month. Fully 6,000 men are benefitted by the advance.

The schooner Mary A. Lydon, from lake ports, with 14,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. company's elevator, ran on a shoal opposite Point Frederick early this morning. She had been endeavoring to get to the elevator with an unfavorable wind. The tug Bronson was sent out, and released the schooner about nine o'clock.

This season the lake steamers of the M.T. company will not carry any passengers as they have done in past years. The directors so decided at a recent meeting. This will be regretted by many people in the province who enjoyed immensely trips on these steamers from Kingston to Fort William and return.

The dredge Nipissing will remain at Kingston for at least part of the present navigation season, and will be employed in enlarging the channel, principally from Princess to Barrack street. The destination of the dredge Queen is not yet known, and it is hoped that it too will take up its abode here with the Nipissing.

Incidents of the Day - The schooner Acacia, coal laden, from Charlotte, was expected to arrive this afternoon. Her cargo is consigned to Booth & Co.

The tug Reginald, with the Canada Atlantic company's barges Huron, Iroquois, Cherokee and Iris in tow, left this afternoon for Oswego to load coal for Coteau.

Capt. Staley leaves tomorrow night with his schooner Queen of the Lakes, for Sandusky, fifty miles above Cleveland, Ohio. He will then go to Georgian, where he will be engaged all season in carrying general cargoes. Capt. Staley had a successful season last year, and expects to do even better this summer and fall.

p.6 Have Gone Sailing - Milford, April 24th - W. Ostrander, E. Cook and E. Hicks left last week to spend the summer on the lakes.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Orion and consort Waubashene cleared today from Collins Bay for Toledo, to load grain for Richardsons' elevator.

R. Chestnut and J.R. Molther, Oswego, N.Y., United States inspectors of steamboats and hulls, were in the city today inspecting the steamers of the white squadron.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Apr 1900