The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1901

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Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind arrived from Sodus with coal.

Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean from Montreal; steamyacht Aberdeen from Alexandria Bay.

The steambarge King Ben is off the Portsmouth ways, having received considerable repairs.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto from Toronto; Algerian from Montreal; Caspian from Charlotte; Rideau Queen cleared for Ottawa.

The steamer Rideau Queen had a full complement on her trip to Ottawa this morning. The passengers were chiefly New York tourists.

The steamships Bannockburn and Rosemount, with their consorts, are expected at the M.T. company elevator tomorrow, with 400,000 bushels of grain.

The steamer James Swift will be ready for service on Saturday, when she clears for Smith's Falls. The steamers' upper works have been thoroughly rebuilt, and the Swift is practically a new steamer.

The steamer Robinault, leased by the Folgers for the Cape Vincent route, arrived from Montreal today. Before beginning her trips, the steamer will be inspected by the United States inspectors. The Robinault was built at Davis' shipyard, this city, about three years ago. Her carrying capacity is 600.

A Mean Action - cooks hired for new steamer Kingston quit after one day on job.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The registered tonnage of the new steamer Kingston is 1,909; gross tonnage, 2,925; cylinders, 28, 48 and 74 inches in diameter and a stroke of six feet. Her horse power is 2,000.



Her Praises In All The People's Mouths.

- description of construction details; list of crew; description of dinner and guests. (2 columns)

"...What a leviathan for fresh waters the boat seems and yet as handy as a launch apparently. Her engine throbs are but slightly felt. She seems to glide along; the struggle the smaller boats have with the watery elements appears to be overcome, and yet her paddle wheels have a spread of eleven feet, disturbing a wide swarth in her passage. With four decks to roam over and 180 staterooms to repair to a few hundred passengers seem but a sprinkling of persons on board. It is an ideal retreat for lovers, and several Kingstonian guests sighed for "the girl I left behind me," thoughts extending in one case even to Asbury Park, N.J.

The great size of the Kingston affords every comfort and convenience, in addition to the elegant saloon of two hundred and fifty feet, being full length, save forty feet of bow deck. The dining room is on the main deck forward, an innovation that is a great success. It extends across the boat and gives excellent views as well as fine light and air; the proximity of the kitchen is also a great advantage. At the stern on same deck is a smoking room of good size, with fire place and the handsomest of furnishings in mahogany and leather. Adjoining are correspondence and refreshment and barber's rooms. The officers have also fine quarters on this deck. The main decks and beams are of steel, like the hull; the outside ribbons are alone of wood.

The Kingston will cost when completed $300,000, about $50,000 more than the Toronto. Excelsior is the motto, each boat being better than the last. A large part of this $50,000 is going into staff work, with which the interior is freely decorated. This part is not nearly complete and will not be until the boating season is nearly ended. The aft saloon being finished all but the last touches gives an idea of the general style. It is in the quietest of good taste yet very elegant, and under the electric lights must seem a veritable floating palace. The decoration is in the hands of Mr. Bond, of Toronto, whose taste must be highly artistic. The main stairway of the saloon is a study in itself.

The builders of the Kingston were the Bertram company, Toronto - the designer A. Anstrom, its manager. One of his assistants, John Bolton, of Kingston, had much to do with the erection of the machinery, and was at the lever yesterday on the maiden trip, when she did so well. The engine is triple expansion, and on 120 pounds of steam gives a speed of 17 1/2 miles per hour. She is good for twenty miles easily, without going to the limit of 180 pounds power. Alexander Milne, the engineer, has done valiant service in getting the machinery perfect, and is proud of his charge. Yesterday the machinery improved steadily in working, yet the down trip to the foot of Wolfe Island, fifteen miles, was made in fifty minutes. Returning the boat had to be held back so that the hour of arrival, four o'clock, need not be anticipated. The steering and capstan are run by steam machines. The crew are:

Captain Henry Esford, Barriefield, Kingston.

Mates - Gordon Kane, Toronto and J. Redford, Cobourg.

Purser - J.B. Tinning, Toronto.

Steward - F.M. Hepburn, Morrisburg.

Engineer - Alexander Milne, Kingston.

Assistants - Archie Main, Toronto; Paul Bouret, Sorel.

Baggagemen - George and Fraser Reid, Kingston.

Head waiter - Bert Wood, Toronto.

Chef - Freeman Hawley, Toronto.

Housekeeper - Miss Andrews, Kingston, with four assistants.

Of the eight saloon porters, three are from Kingston, Victor Quinn, Russell Miller and Denis Jordan. Twelve waiters, six firemen, two coal passers, two watermen, complete a crew of ninety. Six tons of paint have been used so far on the steamer. One great feature is its height between decks. The opening trip was not a crowded one, being early in the season and yet the receipts were $2,300. The company deserves the best the public can offer for its great enterprise and liberal tastes...."

The Company as Hosts.

(almost a full column describing events in the dining room on return trip - mentions many dignitaries, guests, company representatives, the toasts, etc.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1901