The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jun 1906

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And It Promises To Be Fast.

A unique craft, a triple-jointed production, was successfully launched in the waters of the Rideau, Monday afternoon, by its designer-owner, F.W. Lake, 243 Colborne street. There is every reason to believe that Kingston has produced a genius in creating an original idea in boat building. The boat differs from a catamaran in that it has an outrigger and is sectional. This freak is able to turn a couple of circles within its length.

The main hull is thirty feet long, twenty inches wide, and three feet perpendicular on the side. The outrigger is twenty-five feet long, fifteen inches wide. From the centre of the main hull to the centre of the outrigger is fifteen feet, the space between water. The boat proper and the outrigger can be controlled to close into a narrow passage of eight feet. The outrigger is in a sense detached, joined to the main hull by steel braces, and when the boat is being sailed can be handled at will by the man at the wheel. A stiff stay extends from the mast head, which is twenty-four feet from the main deck, to the outrigger. Another stay runs from the masthead to the bowsprit. Both the main hull and outrigger are sectional, in three parts, so they can be formed into a complete crescent and turn again.

The operation is by means of mechanism in the centre section of the main hull. Just now as a perfecting point is needed, a large sprocket wheel is used for the steering gear in order to control the boat with ease and safety in a high wind.

The centre section is made to hold nine persons, one can control the boat. An important point is that either hull can pitch, independent of each other, saving the strain on the hinges.

The full amount of canvas carried is four hundred feet. The jib sail is arranged to act like a kite; it lifts on the bow and can be used to equal advantage before or against the wind.

Mr. Lake's idea is that this craft will prove faster and safer than any other under canvas. He is confident that a speed of twenty miles can be accomplished. Mr. Lake has been about a year working on this novel boat. It is of the finest cyprus wood, varnished, and valued at $900. Patents have been applied for.

Marine Notes.

The fog on the lake this morning considerably delayed traffic.

The steamer Kingston made her first trip of the season today.

Schooner Bertie Kalkins cleared for Oswego this morning, to load coal for Crawford.

Swift's wharf: steamer Picton due down tonight; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa tonight.


To Look After Loading of Vessels.

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the city council at its meeting on Monday evening:

Moved by Ald. Elliott and seconded by Ald. Bassam:

"That whereas the practice of overloading lake steamers and sailing vessels has been largely on the increase for the past few years, with the sad yearly tale of wreck and loss of life for its result;

And whereas, Kingston as one of the chief lake ports, with a large marine population, is keenly interested that the practice should be stopped;

And whereas, the possibility of the practice is due to the fact that there has never been adequate inspection or supervision of such steamers or vessels;

Therefore, be it resolved, that this council respectfully petition the Dominion government to appoint an officer whose duty it shall be to inspect such steamers and vessels, and to supervise their equipment and loading."

All the aldermen were agreed that it was most expedient that such an inspector should be appointed. Ald. Gaskin, who for many years was outside manager for the Montreal Transportation company, stated that he held up both hands for the government appointing an inspector such as asked for by the resolution. In England, there are inspectors who see that vessels are only loaded to a certain depth. The law on that point in the old country is very strict. In Canada he claimed that there should be a similar law, and inspectors to carry it out.

Several times the Whig has pointed out the necessity of the government paying attention to the loading of vessels. Overloading is a common thing, and the vessels and their crews are thereby put in danger. The appointment of an inspector would be in the interests of the sailors and all employed upon vessels.


The White Squadron.

The Folger company has booked an excursion from Prescott to Thousand Island Park for the 22nd of this month. It is being run under the auspices of the Canadian Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, who, it is expected, will turn out to the number of over 1,500. The steamers America and St. Lawrence will convey the pleasure seekers between points.

Very heavy shipments of fish are being sent from the city to Cape Vincent at present.

The passenger trade among the islands is gradually increasing and every indication points to a banner season for the steamboats.

On Monday morning the annual meeting of the St. Lawrence River Steamboat company was held in this city and in the afternoon the annual meeting of the Thousand Island Steamboat company was held at Cape Vincent. The following officers were elected: President, M.H. Folger; vice-president and general manager, H.S. Folger; secretary-treasurer, George Bawden.

The passenger traffic has greatly increased between Cape Vincent and Kingston since the warm weather set in. The steamer America brings many travellers across each trip.

The management is all ready for the summer excursion season and as soon as the weather gets warm enough the popular tours of the Thousand Islands will be at once inaugurated.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer India was to clear today from Garden Island.

The Calvin company has so far this season sent five rafts of timber to Quebec.

p.7 Thousand Island Park, June 5th - The steamer Hinckley and schooner Cornelia are both here unloading coal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jun 1906