The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1904

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For The M.T. Company Has Arrived.

The new steel tug, built at Collingwood for the M.T. company, arrived late last night, having in tow the steamer Advance, partly burned at Sault Ste. Marie last fall, and recently purchased by the company. It has not yet been decided what will be done to the steamer. Only her forward upper works are burned. She may be turned into a lake barge.

The new tug is called the Emerson, after a town in the North-West. She is one of the finest in the country, being built of steel and equipped with every modern convenience. She is lighted by electricity and has steam steering gear. Her length overall is 114 feet, her beam 23 feet, and the depth of her hold 14 feet. Her engines are triple expansion, the cylinders being 15 feet, 25 1/2 feet and 43 feet (sic) by 36 inch stroke. There are two Scotch boilers 11 feet by 11 1/2 feet, carrying 185 pounds steam pressure. The tug cost $50,000.

Capt. James Murray is in command. Twenty years ago he took charge of the new tug Thomson, built here for the company, and commanded her ever since. Now he begins his twenty-first year in the company's service by going on the new tug Emerson. Mariners thought that the captain would never desert the Thomson, but he has and it is declared that twenty years hence he will be ready to take command of some other new vessel that the company may have.

Marine Notes

Craig's wharf: steamer Persia down.

The steamer Brockville will come to Kingston on Wednesday of next week to go into dry dock.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King from Ottawa; schooner Acacia from Charlotte with coal.

Capt. William Scott will shortly retire from the steamer Pierrepont. He may take charge of a river boat.

Capt. Crawford, who will be in command of the new Wolfe Island ferry steamer, is in Toronto to take charge of the vessel, which will come down about June 1st.

Incidents of the Day - Capt. Henry Esford, Barriefield, leaves tomorrow for Toronto, where he will take command of the steamer Kingston, which sails on June 1st.

The local yachts are about ready for the first race of the season, on the morning of Victoria day. It is one of a series for the Bruce Carruthers trophy.

On The Rideau - description of trip, mainly about section from Smith's Falls to Jones' Falls. (full column) [Ottawa Citizen]

To Carry Grain - Chicago, May 18th - Three cents for grain is bringing in the lumber carrying fleet for that commodity. Telegrams from Canadian boat owners state those not already chartered will go to Chicago for grain. As grain rates are expected to boom, the lumbermen declare that they will desert their own market for the grain. This, coupled with the decreased rates of the railroads, is experted to avert the threatened paralysis of that line of lake commerce, owing to the strike of the Masters' and Pilots' Association.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1904