The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jun 1909

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The steamer Morley is tied up at Oswego without a crew. Everyone aboard the vessel, with the exception of the captain and the two mates, went out on strike, in sympathy with the engineers, and now the steamer cannot get out until a new crew is secured. The Morley discharged a cargo of grain at Prescott a few days ago.

The steamer Plummer passed on her way to Belleville, to load cement for Fort William.

The steamer Arabian passed up and Kenora down yesterday.

The steamer Jeska arrived on her way to Montreal with coal from Oswego.

The steambarge Navajo arrived light from Montreal.

The steamer Missisquoi made her regular trip up from Rockport yesterday.

The steambarge Ida E. arrived on her way from Oswego with coal for Montreal.

The tug Emerson arrived from Oswego with one coal barge, and cleared for Montreal with four grain barges.

The government boat Speedy is still in the drydock.

The steamer Sowards is, today, discharging part of her cargo of coal at Sowards.

The steamer City of Montreal was at Swift's on her way up from Montreal with package freight.

The steamer Parthia was loading withs at the Kingston & Pembroke wharf today.

The steamer Aletha made her regular trip from bay points today.



Northern Navigation Company's New Steamer Hamonic.

The Hamonic, the new ship of the Northern Navigation company, is big and capable. Her dimensions are: length over all, 365 feet; length between perpendiculars, 341 feet; extreme breadth 50 feet; moulded depth, 27 feet; gross tonnage, 5,000 tons. The meaning of these figures may be a little clearer when it is pointed out that the main dimensions are only a little less than half of those of the Cunard giant, the Mauretania.

The whole ship, from keel to trucks, is strictly the work of Canadian engineers, designers and builders. While the Canadian yards have turned out many fine vessels, this one is the first to combine in one hull the latest, best and most valuable features of modern naval architecture and engineering ever delivered by Canadian builders from Canadian works. The feeling of national pride to which this must appeal is justified in the knowledge that no improvements suitable to a vessel which is to ply the inland waters has been overlooked, and that the result is actually the last word in shipbuilding for the lakes.

The Hamonic has roomy accommodation for 400 first class, and 75 second-class passengers, as well as for officers and crew numbering 110 more altogether.

The engines have quadruple expansion, having a total of 6,206 indicated horse power, fitted with the Yarrow Slick Tweedy counterbalancing sytem to prevent vibration. Steam is to be furnished by six single-ended Scotch boilers of 250 pounds pressure to the square inch, with Howden forced draft. Bunker capacity will be provided for 500 tons of coal.

The Hamonic will make her initial trip on June 12th and will thereafter make the weekly trip from Sarnia to Port Arthur, Fort William, Duluth and return.

No so very long ago, a ship like the Hamonic would have been the pride and admiration of any Atlantic service. At the present time, no ship on any waters can show more perfect construction, more comfort and luxury. She is the very highest type of vessels of her class, not only as to construction, carrying capacity and speed, but her passenger accommodation will be of a superior order with great beauty in design and ornamentation, while presenting an effect both rich and pleasing, the designer's dominating idea being that a beautifully harmonious scheme is more restful than an extravagantly elaborate plan of decoration. (has painting)

p.5 Paving Stones For Toronto - Toronto, June 11th - The freight steamer Key West, of Newcastle, has arrived from Middleboro, England, laden with paving stones for this city. The cargo consists of 2,400 tons. It is said the boat has been bought by a Toronto firm and that she will enter the coal carrying trade here. The Key West is a modern type of steel freight barge.



Regarding the break in the Canadian Soo canal, L.L. Henderson, manager of the Montreal Transportation company, says that transportation will not be seriously affected. In speaking of the damage to the canal and commenting on the situation from a transportation point of view, Mr. Henderson said:

"I do not think it will affect transportation materially at all. There are two locks on the American side and boats will use those locks. It may cause a little congestion for a while, but nothing material. No doubt the Canadian government will get the work of repairing done as soon as possible. Of course, Canadian boats would much rather use the Canadian canal than go over to the American side, and on this account the government should get the dam repaired, as soon as it possibly can. Owing to dull times on the other side there are still a number of boats not in commission and this relieves to a great extent the congestion in the American canal."

The Dam Failed - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., June 11th - at Soo lock repair.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jun 1909