The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1904

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Said That The Contract Was Voided.

The crew of the steamer Turbinia, which docked here Friday night after a voyage from Newcastle, England, terminated their engagement with Captain Erskine, who brought the craft out. They were engaged to Hamilton, but claimed that dockage here voided the contract. Capt. Erskine cheerfully paid them off. Many of them left for Montreal to reship for England. There were forty-three in the crew on the ocean voyage.

Managing Director Rowell of the Newcastle firm of builders, came over and was highly delighted with the ship. His examination of her in the dock showed her staunchness, for not a bolt or rivet, of the million in her, required tightening. She showed seaworthiness in every respect. Capt. Crawford, Toronto, the commander in Canadian waters and President Moody of the Hamilton company of owners, were also aboard and were highly pleased with her handling and the prospects of her fully meeting all expectations.

The boat while in dock was inspected and cleansed and four big doorways, two on each side, cut out of her steel sides for admission to her main deck. She can make fast time, and is expected to show her heels to all Hamilton and Toronto boats. Painting and upholstering will all be attended to in Hamilton.

The only untoward mishap of the voyage was the twisting and cutting of a turbine wheel by striking a bank in one of the canal levels, the boat being forced to take the starboard side through a barge and tug bearing down upon her. The Turbinia left for Hamilton at 11 o'clock on Sunday.

Three stowaways were found on the steamer after she was well out to sea. They had secreted themselves in coal sacks and had lain on top of a heap of coal for two days. They were well nigh exhausted when they made themselves known. Capt. Erskine made them work their passage.

The steamer's bunkers were too small to take on all the coal needed, 450 tons, for the sea voyage and in consequence 300 tons were put aboard in sacks on the main deck forward and in the dining room. The stowaways took advantage of this, got aboard, emptied three sacks and crawled in. They maintained quietness, though in awkward positions for many hours. They were released at Sydney, C. B., where, after leaving, another stowaway was found. He came west to Kingston.

Mr. Rowell says the Turbinia is the first Canadian commercial steamer to which the turbine system has been applied. His firm is now building others for other parts of the world. This is Turbinia No. 2, the first one was the experimental boat built by Mr. Parsons. The turbine system was applied to a destroyer for the British admiralty. It was called the Viper and her speed was the fastest ever made in the world, forty-three miles an hour. She was wrecked soon after coming out, her speed being her enemy. Her commander thought she was fifteen miles from a dangerous reef, when she ran upon it with disastrous results. The vibration of the steamer is at a minimum. Forward the motion of the screws cannot be felt and only slightly at the stern.

Capt. Crawford, who is the new commander, came across with the ship. He is enthusiastic over her conduct and easy management, and he is looking for good business at the western end of the lake. She has very roomy decks and her fittings will be really elegant. In the run from Cardinal to Kingston, the distance was made in four hours and ten minutes. This is considered very fast time. Her consumption of coal is no greater when going at fast than at slow speed. In her trip across the ocean heavy weather was encountered, but she rode well. Her bow split the waves without scattering the water over her. She goes through smoothly and neatly.


The schooner Fleetwing clears today for Oswego.

Richardsons' elevator: tug Dauntless up with one light barge.

M.T. company wharf: tug Thomson up with four light barges.

The government tug Scout touched at Craig's this morning for coal.

The schooner Maggie L. took a thirty ton lathe to Glenora on Saturday.

Craig's wharf: yesterday, Persia up; Ocean down; Melbourne down from Cleveland.

The steamer Rideau Queen goes on the Rideau route on July 4th. On July 2nd she takes an excursion from Kingston to Jones' Falls.

Swift's wharf: yesterday, steamer Kingston down and up; steamer North King down and up; steamer Corsican down; steamer Rideau King up Saturday night, down this morning.

p.3 Kingston Yacht Club Dingy Race on Saturday -

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1904