p.2 Two New Steamers - The new steamers building in England for the Montreal Transportation company will cost $100,000 each. One will be named Westmount, the other Fairmount; both will be on the same route as the Rosemount, Duluth and Fort William to Kingston. The new craft will be 248 feet long, 23 feet hold, and 42 feet beam, with triple-expansion engines and Scotch boilers. Everything throughout will be modern. The captains chosen for the new steamers are Capt. Alexander Milligan, St. Catharines, and Capt. P.C. Telfer, Owen Sound.
R. & O. RIVALS.
New Steamship Lines To Ply On St. Lawrence.
According to La Presse of Montreal, several navigation companies are preparing to dispute with the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company its monopoly of the American passenger traffic on the St. Lawrence.
Two significant facts which have occurred during the last six months have an important and suggestive bearing on the situation. Despite his multitudinous duties George H. Daniels, general passenger agent of the New York Central and Hudson River railway company, have found time to make three trips to Quebec, twice via the St. Lawrence and once by rail. Mr. Daniels stated ostensibly that these trips were purely pleasure and not business trips. But those who know Mr. Daniels assert that his object was to find out what the openings were for his company to inaugurate its own line of steamers. The second noteworthy incident is the election of Mr. Folger to be general manager of the Niagara Navigation company, in succession to John Foy, who still remains president of this strong western company. Mr. Folger was until lately manager of the American Steamboat company, Kingston, which has always been a rival of the Richelieu & Ontario company. Mr. Folger's move looks like a confirmation of the rumor that the Richelieu & Ontario company aimed at shutting out the Kingston company.
Mr. Daniels has refused to deny or confirm the rumor that the New York Central intended to put on a line of independent steamers on the Saguenay route, and that it had bought, or was intending to buy, the boats of the American steamboat line.
There are, moreover, two new companies entering the lists, one supported by the Morgan syndicate and the other by a strong English syndicate. These two companies will pay special attention to freight traffic, but will also accommodate regular passengers from the great lakes to Montreal or Quebec. One of these companies is "The St. Lawrence Transportation company," and is backed by the Morgan syndicate. Its plant will consist of ten new steel steamers, each costing $150,000. They will ply through the great lakes to the Baie St. Paul, 150 miles below Quebec. The superintendent of the line states that only four of the boats will have equipment for first class passenger service, but the others will also be able to accommodate the travelling public when occasion demands.
The second new company is now having three steel boats built at Newcastle-on-Tyne, which will accommodate both passengers and freight. These boats will ply between Lake Superior ports or Chicago and Montreal, and will touch at Toronto, Kingston, and other way ports.