The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jul 1900

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p.2 Personal Mention - Albert Root, lighthouse keeper on Grenadier Island, and a noted St. Lawrence river guide and oarsman was in the city today.


Ships For Lake-Ocean Trade.

The next boom in ship construction on the great lakes will be in a type of ship that can navigate both salt and fresh water and carry a cargo from the head of the lakes to Liverpool.

Six ships of this type are now under construction in American shipyards; one built on the Clyde has reached the Canadian canals; two are building there for a Hamilton, Ont. syndicate; one has been laid down at Collingwood, and four will come over next year for the Lake Superior power company. A plan is now being financed at Duluth and Cleveland for building a large number, perhaps thirty, of these ships at the yards of the American ship building company during the coming two years.

The construction of ships shallow enough to carry economical loads on the lakes, short enough to pass through the St. Lawrence and Welland canals, and deep enough and of proper lines to withstand the Atlantic seas, has been a problem that marine architects of the lakes have been working on for months, and that they now think they have solved. To pass the canal these ships must have a draft not to exceed seventeen feet and a length of less than 245 feet. To be economical carriers they must load not less than 2,500 to 3,000 tons. Most of those now undere way are of the largest size possible for the trade.



The schooner Echo is at Davis' drydock for repairs.

The schooner Pilot cleared this morning for Bath with shingles.

The tug Thomson cleared for Oswego to-day with two light barges.

The steamer Alexandria, from Toronto, called at Swift's wharf last night.

The tug Thomson arrived to-day from Charlotte with two coal laden barges.

The steamer Nellie Cuthbert will be launched this week, after having been rebuilt.

Arrivals at Swift's wharf to-day: Steamers Hamilton, from Hamilton; Spartan from Toronto.

The tug Hall arrived from Montreal to-day with four light barges, and cleared again with four barges, laden.

Arrivals at Crawford's wharf: Steambarge D.R. Van Allen, from Charlotte, and schooner Acacia, from Sodus, both with coal.

The steamer Spartan is at present making connections at Prescott with the steamer Caspian while the steamer Corsican is undergoing repairs.

The schooner Fabiola, which sprung a leak near Charlotte a week ago, arrived at Swift's wharf to-day in tow of the tug Thomson. The schooner discharged 100 tons of her coal cargo before coming over.

The splendid knockabout boat of George W. Davis, New York, made its initial cruising trip today to "The Brothers" with a party aboard. Mr. Davis went up there to fish. Frank Summerville, of this city, is captain of the cruiser.

The steamer Chubb was at Richardsons' elevator this morning with the damaged cargo of peas taken from the schooner Madcap which sprung a leak near Picton on Saturday and had to be beached. Men are at work raising the schooner.

The government dredge Nipissing is doing splendid work in the lower end of the harbor. There is no harbor in Ontario which requires greater attention than that of Kingston, owing to the great number of vessels constantly engaged here. The dredge can well afford to remain here all season.


The Steamer Ramona.

The steel steamer Ramona arrived last night from Lake Superior, having made the run at an average rate of speed, gratifying to her owners. This sturdy craft defied the waters of Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario. She is an extremely attractive boat. Her hull and deck beams are of steel. Her decks are of the finest white pine, without a knot. Her pilot house and visible woodwork are of birch, handsomely finished and pannelled. She has flush decks, and the pilot house is the only upper works upon her. Below deck are located cabins, those forward being for ladies, richly upholstered in blue plush, with carpets and curtains in harmonious colors. The ceilings and sides of this cabin are pannelled and painted white, with birch trimmings in natural finish. It has roomy toilet room, and ample accommodation in case of wet weather. Another commodious cabin and cafe is situated below decks aft, to be used as a lounging or smoking room for gentlemen; it also is provided with sanitary appointments. A high brass rail extends completely around her; it and the many other finishing touches give an air of completeness. An awning protects her deck from the sun. Her life-boats are jauntily carried over the sides from davits. She is destined to make a tour of the Thousand Islands twice daily from Thousand Island points in the service of the Folger line in connection with the New York Central & Hudson River railroad. Her trip will be called the "Club Trip."

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Jessie Bain engaged in the St. Lawrence river survey, left this morning for the foot of Wolfe Island to begin active operations.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jul 1900