The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Sep 1900

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p.1 Late P.J. Larkin - death at St. Catharines of a well known captain on lakes and later an important contractor on Welland canal, several graving docks, and recently on the St. Lawrence canals at Iroquois.



The steamer Hamilton, from Montreal, was at Swift's wharf last night.

The steamer Parthia arrived at Garden Island last night from Montreal.

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

The steamer Empire State brought a large crowd from river points to the city at noon.

The government dry dock has had a very quiet season. Few entrances have been made into it.

The steamer Bothnia and consort Valencia cleared from Garden Island to-day for Little Current to load deals.

The White Squadron steamers have had a season remarkably free from accidents. The company was most lucky.

A survey of the schooner S.H. Dunn was made in Davis' dry-dock yesterday afternoon. A new forefoot will be put in.

Arrivals to-day at Swift's wharf: Steamers Spartan, from Toronto; Corsican, from Montreal; Rideau Queen, from Ottawa.

The steamer Merritt carried an excursion from bay ports to the Thousand Island park yesterday. She called at Craig's wharf.

The tug Thomson arrives from Charlotte tomorrow with three coal-laden barges, and clears for Montreal with the same barges and one grain laden.

The steamer Empire State took the Cape Vincent trip to-day. The steamer New York went down the river at three o'clock this afternoon with the daily excursion.

The steamer Pierrepont will return from Gananoque tonight to run the ferry trips tomorrow, as the steamer America completes her season's work tonight. The Pierrepont will leave again for Gananoque on Sunday night.

There is a growing rivalry between the steamers North King and Argyle, and their coming down the lake is eagerly watched on Sunday morning. They are considered as being a well-matched pair of boats, although engineer Hickey swears that the North King can beat her rival.

Accident At the Bridge - Friday afternoon the schooner Grantham left Davis' dry dock in tow of the steamer Pierrepont. The latter approached Cataraqui bridge at too great a speed, and as the Grantham was about to pass through the swing bridge, her bow shot away from the straight course and struck the pier on the right side. The Pierrepont let go her tow lines, intending to fasten them in another way. The crew of the Grantham threw out a line over a log, but this was useless. The Grantham drifted further to the right and ran into the stone wall on the other side of the pier, partially smashing it down, and tearing down the telephone and telegraph cables. A sailboat, belonging to Mr. Knapp, was also smashed. The Grantham had a hole stove in her bow above the water line. The damage will amount to at least one hundred dollars. The big schooner was finally towed from her position, and left below Knapp's boat house.

p.5 White Squadron Steamers - The steamers of the White Squadron will continue on the river till September 15th. Next Wednesday the steamer New York makes her last trip from river points to the city, and will go into winter quarters. The steamer New Island Wanderer makes her last ramble among the islands tomorrow, arriving here Sunday night to go on the Cape Vincent route. The steamer Ramona will take the Wanderer's river trips.


Introducing Electricity and Water Tube Boilers in Steamers.

Capt. Donnelly stated yesterday, with reference to the remarks of Mr. Folger's at the C.E.A. banquet, that in his opinion Henry Folger should be a very welcome guest at all meetings of electricicans for many reasons. The captain points out that Mr. Folger was the very first marine man in Canada to introduce electricity on his steamers. Many years ago a coal oil lamp exploded on the steamer Maud, frightening the passengers. Mr. Folger at once introduced electricity on the boats, for the safety and convenience of passengers, and the introduction of the new style of light, at that time, meant a great deal of money, as the expense was much greater than it is at present. He then introduced a searchlight on his steamer, and as complaints were made by other steamers running on the river, who did not have searchlight, Mr. Folger was under the necessity of meeting the objections from both the Canadian and United States governments regarding the addition of this light to the equipment of the boat. From jealousy and other reasons many boat owners complained that this light was an injury, and Mr. Folger incurred considerable trouble and expense before he was allowed to carry searchlights on his steamers. At the present time nearly every passenger steamer in Canada is equipped with this great convenience. The captain states that fifteen years ago the excursion steamers out of Kingston were lighted with coal oil lamps entirely, and now, thanks mainly to Henry Folger, the steamers are a blaze of light, and very much safer than when lit with coal oil lamps.

L.B. Spencer of this city had the same difficulty in introducing water tube boilers on Canadian steamers. The inspection board at the time told the then minister of marine, that these boilers were a very unsafe article, and Mr. Spencer met with a great deal of opposition in putting the first one of these boilers in Canada on the steamer Wherenow. Now they are in universal use all through Canada.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Sep 1900