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

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Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind clears this evening for Oswego.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Laura D. from bay ports with grain.

The steamer St. Lawrence left at seven o'clock this morning for Clayton.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria from Montreal; tug Shanley from Ottawa.

Swift's wharf: steamers Hamilton down; Spartan due up tonight; Toronto down and up.

It was expected that the steamer New York would be hauled on the M.T. company marine railway this afternoon.

Judge McMahon dismissed the action brought by Capt. McMaugh against the Hamilton and Fort William Navigation company. McMaugh had been master of the Donnacona, but was dismissed, he claimed wrongfully.

The steamer Turbinia ran ten miles up the river behind the steamer Alexandria, last evening. When near Cedar Island, the Turbinia put on more power, and shot by the Alexandria like an arrow. She made scarcely a ripple in the water.


Reached Here Last Night To Be Docked.

At twenty minutes to eight o'clock last evening, the new turbine steamer Turbinia, built at Newcastle, England, for the Hamilton Turbine Steamboat company, to run between Toronto and Hamilton, entered the harbor. The S.S. Fairmount was coming down at the same time, and her companion ship from over the ocean sent up several shells as a salute, to which the Fairmount replied. The Turbinia proceeded to the government dry dock, where a large crowd gathered to inspect the stranger. She is to be inspected by Government Inspector Dodds, of Toronto, and while in the dock will likely be painted.

The Turbinia is a trim looking, two-masted schooner rigged vessel, of 603 tons net register, and a gross tonnage of 1,003 tons; is 250 feet in length, 33 feet in breadth and 13 feet deep, has three decks, and two funnels, and is fitted with the newest Parsons' turbine engines of 4,000 horse power. The vessel is finished in mahogany, upholstered with velvet and has spacious saloons, dainty tea rooms and fine promenades. Her accommodation is for 2,000 passengers.

The Turbinia's engines were thoroughly tested on her trip across, rough weather being encountered for several days, the sea at times breaking over the hurricane deck. Capt. T.W. Erskine, formerly of the Dominion line, has charge of the new boat. He said that under favorable conditions she could easily make twenty-two miles an hour.

She has three propellers, two aft and one amidships. There are three turbines, one high pressure, in the centre, and two low pressure on each side of the ship. Each turbine drives a separate shaft with one propeller on each shaft. Inside the exhaust casing of each of the low pressure cylinders a reversing turbine is fitted. In ordinary going ahead the steam from the boilers is admitted through a suitable regulating valve and after expanding about five-fold it then passes to each of the low pressure turbines in parallel and is again expanded in them again about twenty-five fold and then passes to the condensers, the total expansion ratio being 125 fold.

When coming alongside a wharf or manoeuvring in or out of harbor the outer shafts only are used, and the steam is admitted by suitable valves directly into the low pressure turbines or alternately in the reversing turbines as may be desired. With this arrangement the port or starboard engines are capable of being worked ahead or astern independently of each other and of the high pressure turbine (the high pressure turbine rotating idly in a vacuum whilst the vessel is manoeuvring.) She can turn in about her own length.

The great advantages claimed for the turbine system are the almost complete absence of vibration, a most important thing in a passenger boat, and the consumption of no more coal for a high rate of speed than for the lower. Thus, to get the maximum economy it is necessary to run the engines at the highest possible speed.

Though the Turbinia is the first vessel equipped with turbines to come up Canadian water, she is only the fourth to cross the Atlantic.

John Moody, president of the Hamilton Turbine Steamboat company, and Albert White, special representative of the Parsons' Turbine company, limited, of Wallsend-on-Tyne, were on board.

p.5 Personal Mention - Capt. William Scott, of the steamer Pierrepont, has had his papers changed from minor to inland waters.

p.6 The Crew Scalded - The steambarge Bothnia, of the Montreal Transportation company, while opposite Iroquois blew out two tubes from her boiler, causing steam and hot water to fly in all directions, creating a panic among the crew. One fireman was caught coming out of the firehold, having just renewed his fires, and he was badly scalded.

Rideau Canal Extension - desired by Kingston delegation to Ottawa; to benefit mining operations.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1904