THE FIRST OF THE CRAFT OFF THE WAYS.
McMillan & Son (Limited), Dumbarton, Scotland, launched the steel screw steamer Glenmount, which is the first of two vessels which are built for Canadian owners. The Glenmount, which is about 260 feet in length, is intended for service on the Canadian lakes, by the Montreal Transportation company. Accommodation is provided forward for captain, with chartroom on top of forecastle, while superior accommodation is provided aft for officers and engineers, the crew being berthed in forecastle. The machinery, which is fitted aft, is being supplied by Muir & Houston (Limited), Glasgow. The vessel and machinery have been built to Lloyd's highest class, and under the superintendence of Mr. Dunlop, of Messrs. John Reed (Read ?) & Co., naval architects, Glasgow and Capt. R. Fraser, the owner's superintendent. The naming ceremony was performed by Mrs. Fraser, wife of Capt. Fraser.
The engines are of the direct acting triple expansion vertical surface condensing type, with cylinders 20 1/2 inches, 33 inches and 54 inches diameter, with a common stroke of 36 inches. The boilers are of the cylindrical multi-tubular type, two in number, each 13 feet 9 inches diameter by 10 feet long, and constructed for a working pressure of 185 pounds per square inch.
The Glenmount was launched on April 3rd. The second will be launched about the first of May and named Stormount. The Glenmount will be commanded by Capt. Muir and the Stormount by Capt. McMaster.
The work of overhauling the steamer America has not yet been completed.
The sloop Laura D. arrived from Amherst Island with a second cargo of pressed hay.
The schooner Mary Ann Lydon will go into Davis' dry dock for repairs, before making another trip.
The steamer Whitney, loaded with corn, is expected to arrive at Richardson's today from Chicago.
The steamyacht Little Mac arrived in the city last night from Clayton to undergo repairs at the dry dock.
The schooner Robert McDonald will undergo alterations at Portsmouth and will be towed there by the George H.
Capt. Charles Brown is in the city to fit out the steamer New York. The steamer will be fitted up at the dry dock before leaving for Sandusky, Ohio.
The yacht George H. will tomorrow tow the pleasure yacht Skylark to Portsmouth. It is the intention to make alterations to the Skylark.
The steamer Island Wanderer was placed on the Kingston-Cape Vincent route today. The steamer has undergone a thorough overhauling, and is in fine shape for the season's work.
Men are today unloading the schooners Charlie Marshall and Bertie Kalkins of their cargo of coal. That brought by the Charlie Marshall is for the K. & P., and the Kalkins' cargo is for Sowards.
The schooner Metzner, which arrived yesterday, from Sodus, with coal for Folger's, is being overhauled today, and will afterwards clear for Sodus.
The schooner Granger has arrived in Kingston from Belleville with a cargo of cement.
Gananoque, April 18th - The schooner Theodore Voges arrived yesterday with coal for Taylor & Green. The schooner Britton also arrived with coal for the Scranton Coal company. This will relieve the scarcity of coal nicely....
p.3 Picton, April 17th - The schooner William Jamieson is being fitted out. The steambarge Aberdeen and tow Rob Roy cleared yesterday for Oswego for coal. The steambarge Waterlily cleared for Trenton for lumber for Waupoos' new canning factory.
p.4 Tax Our Fishermen - Detroit, April 18th - It is a singular fact that while the state and federal governments each spend tens of thousands of dollars annually planting fish in the great lakes, commercial fishermen, whether residents or non-residents of the state, pay not a single dollar of taxes or other fees for the privilege of taking fish. If an American tug goes over the border, and is caught taking fish in Canadian waters, it is liable to be fired on by the Canadian revenue cutter, and if captured, of having the tug and nets confiscated. Canadian commercial fishermen, on the other hand, are free to fish anywhere in American waters of the lakes during the open season. To meet these conditions, Senator Bing has introduced in the state legislature a bill to exact a tax of $200 on every non-resident fishing tug with a steam lift, and $100 for non-resident tugs without a lift. Resident tugs with a steam lift are to pay $25 and $10 if they have no lifts. The bill, if passed, will hit hard the Booth company fish trust on the Great Lakes, both in Canada and Michigan.
A GREAT DEMAND
Sailors are scarcer this season than in a number of years, and as a consequence the members of the local union have been able to receive good positions. Wages all over the lakes are on the increase, and in some cases to such a marked extent that the freight rates may be affected.
From Kingston some three hundred young men leave each spring and follow the lakes for a number of years, in most cases rising rapidly to positions as mates and masters. A notable fact is that some of the youngest masters on the great lakes hail from Kingston. Local sailors do not all sail on Canadian lines, but a big majority sail from Cleveland and Buffalo on the large freighters of the upper lakes.
The wage scale varies considerably with the different companies, but on United States boats it is governed by the union of which all the sailors are members. As a class the boys who follow the lakes are strong, good natured fellows, who like nothing better than a good time when ashore, but when sailing do their duties with a dispatch which is creditable. The season on the great lakes lasts from April until December.
p.8 Incidents of the Day - The Calvin company did not buy a steel steamer in England as expected, as it couldn't get the one it wanted. The company will likely order a twenty-foot draught steamer to be ready for next spring for the upper lake trade.