Largest Ship Ever Built in Canada.
At the shipyard of the Collingwood Shipbuilding company, on Wednesday about noon, the great steel steamship Midland Prince slid down the launch ways and displaced 4,000 tons of water, for that is the weight of steel and iron in the ship, which is intended to carry 10,000 tons of cargo on twenty-foot draught. She is built for the Midland Navigation company, (James Playfair, president), and is intended for the grain trade and general lake freights from Port Arthur, Fort William, Duluth and Chicago to Georgian Bay ports and Lake Erie ports, (she being much too large to pass the Welland Canal is built exclusively for the upper lake trade), and is of the highest classification 100 A1 register, and with the most powerful and highest class of engines and boilers.
There are two Scotch boilers, the largest ever built in Canada, 15 1/2 feet diameter by 12 feet long between heads, and triple expansion engines 23 x 38 1/2 by 63 x 12 (42 ?) inch stroke 2,200 I.H.P. She is equipped with all the modern outfit of deck winches and steam mooring gear, also built at the shops of the Collingwood Shipbuilding company. Her outfit throughout is the best that can be made, and all round most complete ship to handle and carry cargo safely and cheaply. The complete ship and outfit will cost $365,000, and a ship that Canada, the owners and builders may be proud of. This great ship was launched sideways into the stone drydock of the company.
The steamer Aletha arrived with a cargo of hay from Stella.
The government boat Scout was at Folger's slip over night.
The steamer Simla passed Sandwich on Tuesday morning on her way to Richardsons', with a cargo of grain from Chicago. She is expected here on Friday.
The steamer Pierrepont left port, early this morning, to go to the relief of two schooners frozen in the ice near Deseronto. She is a faithful boat, and constantly called upon when others are in trouble.
The receipts for the past year of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company are $100,000 in advance of 1905. The net return will be about $350,000. It will surprise even the friends of Richelieu that the company has earned over ten percent on the capital stock of $3,132,000 outstanding. In 1905 the profits represented 7.00 per cent earned on the stock.
M.T. Co.: tug Glide arrived with three light barges from Montreal, barge Hamilton from Prescott, and barge Quebec from Brockville; tugs Emerson and Bronson expected here tonight, delayed by the snow-storm. This will close the season with the company, with the exception of the arrival of lake steamers. The steamer Westmount from Fort William is now in the canal.
The steamer Jessie Bain, which settled on the soft bottom in her slip on Tuesday morning, was pumped out and raised in the afternoon. It was found that in forcing her through the thin ice to her winter location, the ice had cut a small opening in one of her planks forward, which caused the leak. The slight damage has been repaired and the steamer is not injured in the least by her mishap.
Barge Hickox Burned.
Word comes from Belleville that the steambarge Hickox, bound from Oswego to that place, was burned, but the crew are safe. No further details are given so far.
Later - The steambarge caught fire off the Main Ducks.
p.8 Will Make Presentation - In marine circles there is much talk about the good turn accomplished by the farmer named Waldron, who received the sailors shipwrecked on the schooner Queen of the Lakes, the other night, and made them comfortable. The sailors will remember Farmer Waldron with a fine Christmas gift.
Lectures For Mariners - The course of free lectures on seamanship and navigation inaugurated here last winter by the department of marine and fisheries, and of which Capt. Thomas Donnelly was in charge, is to be resumed on Friday evening, and will continue to be given on every Tuesday and Friday evening during December, January, February and March. Capt. Donnelly will again be the lecturer. Last winter the course proved of great interest and value to mariners, who look forward with great expectations to another profitable winter of studies in the science of navigation.