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

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p.2 Built Several Vessels - the late Thos. Walters, came from Devonshire England, in 1838 with parents; learned trade at shipyard in Portsmouth, later to Port Hope, then to Lindsay about 1865. [Lindsay Post]


The schooner Clara Youell is at the Grove Inn wharf.

The steamer J.H. Plummer called at Swift's this morning.

The schooner Acacia expected to clear today to load coal at Charlotte.

Craig's wharf: steamers Ocean up this morning; Melbourne up tonight.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up; Caspian down and up; Rideau Queen to Ottawa; Corsican up tonight.


Knapp Roller Boat

Transformed Into Coal Carrying Barge.

The end of the Knapp roller boat, the unique craft that a few years ago was heralded by its inventor as the vessel that would revolutionize the cargo-carrying traffic of the world, is in sight. She will roll no more. When the Bertram people get through with her she will travel end on in the orthodox fashion, and will get down to earning dividends - it is hoped - in the carrying trade.

The Knapp roller boat was built at the Polson works some five or six years ago. She is a cylinder-shaped craft, and the inventor's intention was to have her roll over the water. He expected extraordinary speed from her. She would roll all right, but the only thing extraordinary about her was her slowness. She would not travel more than four miles an hour under the most favorable conditions. She was taken down to the St. Lawrence and made a number of trips there across the river. When the inventor was thoroughly satisfied that his vessel was worthless she was laid up.

This summer he conceived the idea of turning her into a cargo-carrier, and accordingly she was towed up here. She arrived yesterday and is now lying at Bertram's shipyard. Her open ends had been enclosed in wooden pontoons in order that she might be towed end on. She is rather a dilapidated looking craft. Her plates are rusty in spots and her engines look rather the worse for their long idleness. What speed she is expected to make under her new equipment is unknown. She will be equipped with twin screws and steel ends will be built into her. Her top will be opened and deck houses and pilot houses built above the plates. The accommodation for her officers and crew will be in the dome of the cylinder.

The reconstructed boat will probably ply between Lake Erie ports and Toronto.

[Toronto Star]

p.8 The Wharf Blocking - problems caused by delivery waggons.

Quite A Feat - str. Beauharnois ran Lachine rapids without rudder.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Aug 1904