The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Mar 1902

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Davis Co. Building Very Many Boats.

There is a scene of activity at Davis' shipyard, in the construction of steam, sail and gasoline yachts. The builders have at present orders for fourteen boats, ranging in sizes from twenty-two to seventy-five feet long. There is one half rater, twenty-two feet long, sailing craft, for T.F. Taylor, New York, to be used on the St. Lawrence river near Rockport, where he has a beautiful summer residence.One thirty-eight foot steam yacht for Messrs. Sorby Bros., of Guelph, to be used on Muskoka waters. One thirty-four foot gasoline launch for Rev. Dr. Ulmann, New York. This gentleman is building a summer cottage or training school on the river, below Gananoque, with accommodation for over 100 young men. His launch is for use by the school.

The company is also building three more yachts from the same lines and of the same dimensions as Dr. Ulmann's, one for Capt. Harry Wessell's, Brooklyn, now a resident of this city, to be fitted with a twelve horse power gasoline motor. One for W.C. Kent, of this city; this one will be fitted up with brass rails, mahogany finish, and a twelve horse power gasoline motor. Another of the same dimensions for H. Spencer Holcroft, Toronto, to be used on Lake Simcoe. Another boat, thirty feet long, for Mr. Huyck, merchant, of this city.

The Trent Valley navigation company, of Bobcaygeon, have this week placed an order for a tug fifty-five feet long by fifteen feet beam, to be used in the construction of the Trent Valley canal. The Davis company built a boat for this company two years ago for passenger service. They have a forty-two foot yacht nearly completed for Wilson Miller, Alleghany, Pa., to be used on Muskoka lake, and also have three yachts forty-two feet long by seven foot beam, all alike which are fitted with Davis water tube boilers and triple expansion engines, of sixty-five horse power. One for R.J. McKee, of Dodd's medicine company, Buffalo, N.Y.; one for J.P.H. Cunningham, of New Castle, Pa.; and one for James S. Kabat ?, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; all three to be used for pleasure on Muskoka lakes. They will be fitted with electric lighting plants and one with a searchlight, and will also be fitted with electric bells.

The designs of the boats being built by the Davis company are after the plan of torpedo boats, which give better speed than the boats usually built.

When the steamer Islander, of the White Squadron, makes her appearance this spring, she will be practically a new boat. She has occupied Davis & Sons' dry dock all winter and has received new planking on her hull and other extensive improvements.

The steamer New York was not raised last night as expected. Something happened to the pumping apparatus, causing delay. Work was resumed this morning.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Mar 1902