The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Sep 1908

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The steamer Alexandria arrived at Folger's wharf this morning from Montreal.

The schooner Ford River will clear tonight for Charlotte with feldspar.

Seven schooners are around Nine Mile Point waiting for a good breeze to get across the lake.

The steamer Prince Rupert discharged a cargo of wheat at Richardsons' and cleared for Garden Island.

Swift's: steamer Aletha from bay points; steamer Dundurn down this morning; steamer Belleville down this morning; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa tonight; steamer North King due for river trip Sunday.

M.T. Co.: steamer Acadian cleared for the upper lakes; tug Emerson cleared for Montreal with four barges; steamers Fairmount, Westmount and barges, grain laden, from Fort William, are expected to reach here on Sunday.



That Has Ever Been Built In Kingston.

Kingston motor boat sports can now boast of having by great odds the fastest all-Canadian built motor boat, which has just been completed and tested by the Davis Dry Dock Company. Two years ago this company built a 25 foot by 4 foot fast launch of eighteen miles speed, and since that, have been carefully studying the designing and building of motors and boats, and the present boat is the result of their labors.

The hull, which is thirty-six feet long and four and one-half feet beam, is very fine lined, built with white oak keel, stem, ribbing and British Columbia planking, with a quartered oak covering board and mahogany decks and wash strakes. All the work is brass-screw fastened and the hull is nicely finished and polished, and with the brass trimmings gives a very neat and racy appearance. The hull is of the French torpedo stern type with an easy entrance, and was designed by R. Davis, who has designed and built a great many boats of various classes.

The boat is driven by a six-cylinder, four-cycle engine of the opposed valve type, the first of its kind to be built in Canada, which is capable of developing sixty to sixty-five horse-power. The engine was designed and built under the personal supervision of J.H. Davis, who has had a large experience both in steam and gasoline engine building and operating.

Gasoline is supplied from a fifty-gallon tank placed in the centre of the boat aft of the operator's seat and the engine and steering wheel apparatus are so arranged as to be controlled by one person when necessary. The outfit is equipped with electric lighting system and the whole is a very fine piece of work.

The boat has already attained a speed of at least 26 miles per hour, and Mr. Davis expects that with the improved wheel from experimental tests, which are being made, to get at least twenty-eight miles per hour.

The principle feature about the whole boat is the absence of vibration at all speeds, and many have already expressed themselves as much pleased with the success this firm has accomplished in their first attempt to gain this speed. Demonstrations of speed will be given in the harbor on days when the weather will permit, between the hours of four and six. People wishing to see the boat will be permitted by calling at the works.

Case Of The Nash Brothers.

The case of Nash Bros. vs. The Thousand Island Steamboat company comes up next week in the supreme court at Watertown, N.Y. before Judge De Angelis. The case was first tried in the supreme court at Watertown before Judge Watson M. Rogers, who ordered a verdict for nominal damages, namely six cents. This verdict was appealed against on several grounds. The case was argued before the appellate division at Rochester in October, 1907, and a very lengthy opinion, written by Judge Williams and concurred in by all the other judges, was handed down in January, 1908, sustaining the appellants in their claims, directing a new trial and ordering the case to be given to the jury. This action is for partial breach of contract in not running the steamer New York a full season in 1904 and not at all in 1905, and is taken to recover for monies paid and for loss of profits. Another season of 1906 is also on the calendar for the present term of court.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Sep 1908