The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1904

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The steamer Alexandria here on her way down the river last night.

The steambarge Westport was expected today with a general cargo for canal ports.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Luff from Cobourg, and schooner Maggie L. from bay ports.

M.T. company's wharf: tug Thomson clears this evening for Charlotte with two light barges.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego; tug Thomson from Oswego with a coal-laden barge.

The steambarge Kenirving, Smith's Falls to Fairhaven for coal, passed here yesterday on her first trip of the season.

The steamer Spartan is expected to arrive in Kingston some time today as she left Toronto last night, at seven o'clock.

Davis' drydock is busy this spring. The schooner Two Brothers left it yesterday, the sloop Volunteer is in today, and the steamer Victoria from Rockport enters tomorrow.

Last night the steamer Pierrepont succeeded in floating the stranded little schooner Pilot, which has been lying on the south shore of Howe Island since last fall. Capt. Mahoney, the Pilot's owner, had the vessel well jacked, and she slid into the water at the first pull. The Pierrepont arrived with her at eleven o'clock last night, and towed her to the Kingston foundry marine railway to be repaired.

John W. Hazlett has returned from Toronto and western towns, where he has been engaged for the past few weeks in organizing a company to purchase the steamer Argyle and her rights and privileges on the north shore of the Lake Ontario route. He has been successful in procuring the necessary capital in Toronto and other towns. A meeting of the stockholders will probably be held this week at the King Edward hotel, Toronto, to further complete the company's arrangements.

p.5 The Firemen Busy - put out fire in barge Melrose of M.T. Co.; blaze was in bin in hold where oakum and other material was stored;


The steamer Resolute has had installed a new steam-steering gear, which will do away with much laborous handling of the wheel. The apparatus, while seemingly simple, is very effective. A donkey engine on the forward deck near the pilot house provides the motive power by means of a sprocket wheel and chain, which operate the gearing attached to the steering wheel. The gear can be thrown out by a lever when not required. Steam is regulated by a lever, the forward or reverse motion being imparted the engine at the will of the steersman, when the helm is hard down.

In a heavy sea it is a difficult task to keep a large vessel steady on her course by means of a wheel, but with this apparatus a slight pull will put the wheel wherever wanted and also hold it firm. With the installation of this apparatus there is left as much room in the pilot house as there was previously.

This unique steering gear is one of the many inventions of William Mitchell, and reflects great credit on his mechanical ability. This is an entirelly new departure in steam steering gears, and is the outcome of Mr. Mitchell's fertile brain. It is the only one of its kind in use on the great lakes, but no doubt as soon as its advantages become generally recognized it will not be long before other steamers will be equipped with this labor-saving device.

The ordinary steam-steering device is generally placed near the rudder, and operated from the wheel house by steam pipes, but this is impracticable in a boat like the Resolute as these pipes are liable to be jammed or injured just when they are needed most. In this case, however, the danger to piping is eliminated.

On her trip across the lake Saturday night the new apparatus was used for the first time and gave entire satisfaction. [Deseronto Tribune]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1904