STEAMER RIDEAU QUEEN.
On June 18th the new steamer Rideau Queen will enter the far-famed Rideau waterway on her first trip from Kingston to the capital city of Canada. The steamer still lies at Davis' dry dock where the building operations have been continuously carried on since Sept. 15th, 1899. R. Davis & Sons are the builders of this splendid canal steamer and will fulfil their contract to the very day. To M.R. Davis was given the full management, by the Rideau navigation company, of building the steamer. He personally bought all the material, and superintended every department of the work. The speed trial will be made early next week, and it is expected that the steamer will more than develop the necessary twelve miles an hour.
The Rideau navigation company, which was formed last fall is composed of these directors: President, James Swift, Kingston; vice-president, George Kidd, Ottawa; manager, D. Noonan, Kingston; general passenger agent, H.W. Wilson, Kingston. Capt. "Dan" Noonan has been the chief worker of the company, and has been most enterprising in the work he has undertaken. Through his endeavors and his popularity, a most successful season is assured for the new steamer.
The dimensions of the steamer Rideau Queen are: Length over all, 111 1/2 ft.; length at water line, 102'; beam over all, 28' 1"; beam at water line, 26'; draft aft, 4' 6"; draft forward, 3' 6"; displacement, 200 tons; gross tonnage, 354; registered tonnage, 195 1/2. The hull has been pronounced by many marine men as the finest piece of work they ever saw.
On the main deck aft is the dining room, forty-two feet long, and the full width of the steamer. It is finished in selected oak, and hand-carved mouldings all richly tinted with green and gold to match the furnishings. The kitchen and pantry, on the starboard side, are fitted with the latest devices. On the port side is the men's toilet, finely fitted. The crew's quarters are forward, and are large and airy, and comfortable. Also forward is a candy and news stand. Under this stand, and below the main deck, is an excellent refrigerator fitted with everything for the convenient handling of provisions and supplies for the trip. Ice boxes are scattered about the cooking department.
The machinery space of the boat is so planned as to give the engineer comfort and room. There are many special features here. The electric lighting has received special attention. In the engine room is noticed very prominently a large marble switch-board containing about twenty switches, cutting out the lights in any part of the boat direct from the engine room. The wiring is all done on a new and improved plan. The engine is of triple expansion, 8 1/2, 12 1/2, 21 x 14 stroke. The boiler is water tube and 200 working pressure. All the auxilliary machinery is the best obtainable.
Just back of the main engine are the main stairs, built of heavy oak and artistically designed. The principle feature of the promenade or salon deck are the staterooms, of which there are seventeen - two sets of double and thirteen single, double and single berth in each. On this deck also is the ladies' toilet. The salon finishings are very fine, being somewhat original on the part of the builder. Hand-cut mouldings and carvings are plentifully displayed. All the furnishings, carpets, cushions, curtains and all the tinting are in green (olive), giving a soft, warm appearance.
On the upper deck there is a large promenade deck for passengers. A smoking room is built at the back of the wheelhouse. Everything has been done to give comfort to the traveller as well as to the crew. The smokestack is much lower than that of the steamer James Swift, and has not to be taken down when passing under bridges.
The engine and boiler were built by Davis' & Sons, and nearly all the material and furnishings were supplied by Kingston merchants. The steamer cost about $27,000. The chief officers are: Captain, Luke Deponcier, for many years on the steamer James Swift; mate, William Scott; first engineer, George Fleming; steward, Reginald White; cook, Mrs. Kavanagh. Capt. Noonan will act as purser.
On the arrival of the steamer Rideau Queen at Ottawa next week, Mayor Payment, on behalf of the city, will present Capt. Noonan with a complete set of flags.
The tug Hall cleared for Montreal to-day with four barges, grain laden.
The steamer Alexandria, from Toronto, called at Craig's wharf last night.
Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator: Schooners Carveth and Echo from bay ports.
The tug Col. By, from Rideau Canal ports, was at Swift & Co's wharf last night.
The tug Thomson arrived from Montreal with four light barges, and cleared for Charlotte with two barges to load coal.
The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts discharged 198,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. company elevator, and cleared again for Fort William.
The steamer Hamilton, from Montreal, arrived at Swift & Co's wharf last night. The steamer Algerian, from Toronto, arrived down in the afternoon, leaving again at six o'clock.
p.8 Incidents of the Day - The house boat, built at Portsmouth for Mr. Wheeler, of Plainsfield, N.Y., was launched day before yesterday. It will now be fitted up in palatial style.
New Excursion Steamer - planned for St. Lawrence this summer.