A NEW STEAMER.
Detroit, Feb. 20th - A Cleveland special says: The American Shipbuilding company has closed a contract with the Bessemer Dock and Navigation company, for a twin screw ferry boat, to come out next October. The boat will be built at the local shipyards, will cost $350,000, and will be operated between Conneaut and Rondeau, Port Stanley and Port Dover, on the Canadian side. She will be 350 feet keel, fifty-four feet beam and nineteen and one half feet to the car deck. She will have two sets of triple-expansion engines and four Scotch boilers.
Feb. 21, 1905
p.3 Wolfe Island's Budget - Feb. 18th - The council held a special meeting on the 15th, for the purpose of engaging a captain and purser for the steamer Fawcett. There were three applications for master, Capts. Crawford, Scott and Winborne, Kingston. Capt. Crawford was engaged, at a salary of $600 per annum. There were four applications for purser, Lloyd Card, James Dawson, George O'Brien and Gregory Keegan; the latter was engaged at $30 per month.
p.4 Lake Hands' Wages - Detroit, Feb. 21st - Representatives of the Tug & Dredge Owners' Protective Association of the great lakes today concluded their annual wage conference with the various classes of employees. Saturday a contract was signed with representatives of the firemen and linesmen. Wages are fixed at $65 and board for Chicago and South Chicago, $60 for Cleveland, and $55 at other points.
p.8 Looking For Clear Harbor - The ice yachtsmen are still patiently waiting for a clear harbor. There may yet be racing, if a heavy rain and succeeding cold come. Four years ago there were races as late as March 31st.
Feb. 22, 1905
p.5 Wolfe Island - Feb. 15th - a list of steam boat accounts passed; "On motion, Armstrong-Flynn, a by-law passed empowering the reeve to borrow $1,000 on a note at nine months for steamboat purposes. These steamboat accounts for 1905 were passed for work at $1.25 per day: David Wilson, $2.50; James Berry, $5; Allan Berry, $5; James Kenny, $6.25; Mrs. Hawkins, $20; R.H. Card, cutting ice, $5; W.L. Allinson, coal, $13.34. On motion, Thomas Flynn-Armstrong, Capt. Crawford re-engaged for steamer Fawcett from February 1st, at $600 per annum. On motion, John Flynn, Thomas Flynn, Gregory Keegan engaged as purser at $1 per day. An amendment by Horne-Armstrong that James Dawson be engaged at $25 per month, was lost by vote of the reeve. The reeve was instructed to deposit the monies raised on notes in the Ontario bank, in the name of "the Wolfe Island ferry," and he was authorized to issue checks on orders passed by this council for ferry purposes. On motion, Thomas Flynn-Armstrong, the wages on the ferry steamer must not exceed: For mate, $35 per month; for deckhands, $25; firemen, $30; and L.H. Card was instructed to hand over to Gregory Keegan all books, tickets, desk and whatever else he may have in possession, the property of the township.
Masters Named - Ogdensburg, Feb. 22nd - After a conference held here yesterday, by officials of the Rutland Transit company, the following fleet appointments were announced, the masters of the company's boats being the same as last season: Captain W.S. Shea, to the Smith; Captain Edward Shea, the Prince; Captain Owens, the James; Capt. Hough, the McVittie; Captain Plumb, the Haskell; Captain Brown, the Langdan; Captain Smith, the Averell. The masters will as usual select their own mates. Everything appeared to be satisfactory to all concerned and a brisk season is looked forward to.
The steamer China has been bought from the Anchor line at Buffalo by the Jaques interests of Montreal and will be placed on the route between Montreal and Fort William.
Efforts will be made at once to raise the steambarge Iron Duke, which sank at Charlotte harbor in January. It will take a week to raise the boat. A stock dam will be built and a canvas bag placed around the vessel. Two big pumps will be used to pump it out.