Will Not Outfit Last Schooner on Lake Ontario
First Cargo of Anthracite From D.L.& W. Trestle Moves Tuesday.
Information in shipping circles Thursday in Oswego was that the schooner Lyman M. Davis, the last of her type on Lake Ontario, is not to be placed in commission during the coming season of navigation.
In the past year the Davis, which still retained the raffee, a square sail on the foremast and a rig peculiar to lake schooners, was a familiar sight around Oswego harbor, the sole survivor of a type of craft that 50 years ago was carrying most of the tonnage of the lakes.
The Davis was a half century old or older, rather tender in sports, with a square stern and the bluff bows that went with cargo carrying, although due to her years and the fact that rigging, spars, canvas and hull all were commencing to pay toll to time, she could not be loaded to capacity. She was in the coal trade exclusively and carrying both anthracite and bituminous coal, made 20 trips from Oswego across the lake to Kingston and Bay of Quinte ports last season, and was a money-maker for her owner.
She was able by her comparatively light draft to take small cargoes into Bay of Quinte ports, and did considerable soft coal business, having, as a matter of fact, more charters than she could fill, and her owner took no chances with bad weather and preferred to wait for fair winds for her voyages across the lake, The Davis carried about 200 tons.
The Lackawanna coal shipping trestle will be ready for business by Saturday night of this week, when extensive improvements, which have been in progress for some weeks, will be completed, materially increasing facilities for faster loading.
The first anthracite charter of the season will be that of the Warrenco of the Pyke company, Kingston, Ont. She will take 600 tons to Kingston next Tuesday, General Agent James F. Gallagher was informed Thursday.