The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1908

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Steamer Safely Launched on Thursday.


Collingwood, Nov. 27th - Amid a chorus of hammer-beats, the cheers of hundreds of spectators and the ear-piercing shrieks of ship sirens and factory whistles, the new steamer Hamonic, the latest addition to the fine fleet of the Northern Navigation company, and the finest achievement of Canadian shipbuilding, was successfully launched from the yard of the Collingwood Shipbuilding company yesterday. The occasion was invested with an importance greater than is usually associated with an event of the kind. It not only demonstrated the capabilities of Canadian shipbuilders, who in the construction and equipment of the new vessel have shown that even on unequal terms they can successfully compete with the best in the world, but it marked the completion of another stage in the development of Canadian transportation, and cemented a relationship between lake navigation and railway communication, which, in view of the opening of the Grand Trunk Pacific, is pregnant with great possibilities. In naming their new ship the Hamonic, the Northern Navigation company paid a tribute to their revered president, which the unfortunate circumstance of his illness rendered peculiarly impressive, and if there was anything in yesterday's proceedings that was to be regretted it was that H.C. Hammond was unable to be present to witness the culmination of an enterprise to which he has so largely contributed.

Mrs. H.H. Gildersleeve, wife of the general manager of the Northern Navigation company, christened the steamer, breaking the customary bottle of champagne upon the vessel.

In construction, equipment, carrying capacity and speed it is safe to say that the Hamonic when fitted out will have no equal on the great lakes. Her dimensions are: Length over all, 363 feet, length between perpendiculars, 341 feet; extreme breadth, 50 feet; moulded depth, 27 feet, and gross tonnage 5,000 tons. The significance of these figures may be better appreciated, when it is stated that the main dimensions are only a little less than half those of the new Cunard giant Mauretania. The entire ship from keel to trucks is strictly the work of Canadian engineers, designers and builders and even in her unfinished state is a model of workmanship of which Canadians may well feel proud. Whether the Hamonic is the last word in ship-building for the lakes may be doubted in view of the development of navigation on Canadian waters, but at any rate nothing has been left undone to make her what the builders claim she is, one of the finest ships afloat. With a brief space a description of her equipment and even of the various improvements introduced is impossible. The engines are quadruple expansion, having a total of 6,206 indicated horsepower, and a notable feature is that the disposition of the power plant is made with reference first to the comfort of the passengers and next to the best arrangement of freight space. She will be supplied with steam steering gear, and electricity will supply brilliant illumination. There is a complete artificial ice and refrigerating plant, and a wireless telegraph installation. The cargo capacity is about 3,000 tons of package freight, or 100,000 bushels of wheat below the main deck, and there will be roomy accommodation for 400 first-class and seventy-five second-class passengers as well as for officers and crew, numbering 110 more. There are five decks, and the interior arrangements will be of the most complete character that the ingenuity of naval architects has devised, many of the features being extremely novel. With lounges, spacious promenade decks, palatial saloons, cabins deluxe, handsomely appointed drawing and dining room, and an observation room which will be a veritable crystal palace, a trip on the Hamonic will indeed be an experience of the most enjoyable kind.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The tug Bartlett arrived with light barges and cleared for Montreal light.

Swift's: steamer Aletha down and up today; steambarge Reliance cleared for Sodus, Friday night, to load coal.

p.5 Pith of the News - The Rutland line steamer Bennington is on a shoal near Brockville, with a cargo of 1,400 tons of package freight.

The S.S. Manitoba has reached Sault Ste. Marie after twenty-four hours battling with waves and snow on Lake Superior.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Parsons and barge Phelps will arrive from Sodus with coal for Crawford's.

The government dredge Sir Richard has about completed its work for this season. The dredge will be laid up in a few days.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1908