The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Apr 1911

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The Buena Vista Is About Ready

The new steamer Buena Vista, which is being constructed by the Davis Dry Dock Company, of this city, is about completed, and will be launched on Wednesday afternoon, at three o'clock.

The boat is ninety-feet keel, ninety-six feet over all, eighteen feet beam and six and a half feet depth of hull amidships. It is a composite built boat. The keel, stem, stern post and dead wood are of selected white oak. The planking of white oak, two-inch sides and two and a half inches bottom. The bilge strakes are three inches thick. The frames are 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 steel angles and the shear strake is plate one-quarter inch thick, and two feet wide, running the entire length.

The centre keelson is 12 x 5 girder iron. The boiler and machinery keelsons are 12 inches by 3 inches channel iron, and the bilge keelsons are three inches by three inches angle iron. In addition to those keelsons there are two six inch by three inch angle iron sister keelsons running the entire length of the bottom. Thus making a very strong and substantially built hull.

The deck beams are also 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 angle steel and the decks are of white pine. The coamings are of steel reinforced by oak. The main deck is clear, leaving the entire space for freight.

On the promenade deck there is a very comfortable and commodious salon cabin with circular front and with two state rooms in connection. The entrance to the cabin and staterooms is from the forward deck only. Immediately aft of the staterooms are two well-arranged toilet rooms, and on each side. The staircase and landing from the main to the promenade deck is well arranged for the convenience of those using the steamer. Aft of the staircase and landing is arranged a galley and mess room for the accommodation of the crew.

The stern portion of the cabin enclosure is taken up by a restaurant, where all the necessities of life are to be obtained.

A very neat little wheelhouse and stateroom is arranged on the upper or hurricane deck. Also life boats and water tanks.

The power used in this steamer will be steam. The boiler is of the Fitzgibbons type, built for a working pressure of 150 lbs., and the engine is a fore and aft compound with cylinders 9 and 18 by 14 inches stroke.

The boat is well equipped with the necessary fire appliances consisting of pumps, piping, hoses, etc., and has in addition to the regular pumping outfit, connections from the condensor to the bilge, which insures splendid means of keeping water out of the boat in case of accidents.

The work on the new steamer was started on January 1st, 1911, and considering the cold stormy weather in which the work was carried on much credit is due to the builders for the despatch they have made in completing the boat.

The steamer will be christened the Buena Vista and launched on Wednesday, the 19th, at three o'clock. The boat will be launched stern first. The public is invited to attend.

This boat was first named Venture. Later, the marine department found that another vessel flying the British flag bore the same name, and so the new vessel was obliged to find a new appelation - the Buena Vista. The new steamer is for the Rideau route, between Kingston and Smith's Falls.



The steamers Pierrepont and the New Island Wanderer had a big battle with ice, in their endeavor to make Cape Vincent on Sunday, and had to give up the task, and return to Kingston, after getting within a couple of miles of the Cape. A big ice jam was encountered, which made it impossible to get any farther.

The steamers made a trip both by the head, and by the foot of the island, and both stood the test well. In another day, it is believed, there will be no trouble in making the route.

The government boat Scout arrived in Kingston on Saturday afternoon, after a great trip from Prescott, breaking the ice. She cleared this morning to look after the buoys in this district.

The Scout left Gananoque on Saturday morning, and for the first five hours out, made only about a quarter of a mile. This was the worst experience of the entire trip.

The government boat Speedy went on the Kingston dry dock today.

The steambarge Sowards will be one of the first of the local vessels to clear for Oswego. The Sowards would have cleared on Sunday, but could not get away, owing to the fact that some last minute repairs had to be looked after.

The harbor is now practically free of ice.

Capt. James Roach, of the steamer Rosemount, has arrived from his home in Nottawa.

The steamer Reindeer is undergoing a thorough overhauling, and being painted and out in shape for the opening of navigation at Napanee. The work is being rushed, and when navigation opens she will be placed on the same route as last season.

Navigation in Chaumont Bay will be safeguarded this summer by the installation of two tower lights by the United States government. One light will be erected off Independence Point, warning mariners against coming too close to the shoals, and the other off Cherry Island. The lights will be of the acetylene gas flash variety and will not necessitate a caretaker.

The Wolvin line boats that wintered at Ogdensburg are fitted out ready to leave and after they coal up they will steam for the Welland canal, leaving probably this week. The work of loading the first boats of the Rutland line that will be started westward will begin today. The Hall fleet of coal carriers will begin to move on the 20th, and the Hanson fleet will start for Oswego on the 25th, according to present calculations.

The Picton Gazette says: Mr. Kirwood, who has been trying unsuccessfully to establish a daily line of steamers along the north shore, and asked the municipalities to asssist, is, we understand, going to run the steamer Algerian between Toronto and Picton.

The steamer Alexandria has had many improvements made to her during the winter, and will start the season April 30th, with a trip to Rochester. On May 2nd she commences her regular run to Montreal.

The steamer St. Joe loaded coal at Oswego for Toronto.

The steamer Aletha, now on the ways at Picton, had a good deal of work by way of improvement. The steambarge Waterlily has had a new boiler installed.

There will be no change of the routes of the several steamers taken over by the merger, says the Picton Gazette. The work on the new boat being built at Collingwood is going rapidly ahead. She will start on her route July 2nd. She will leave Picton, Mondays, for Quebec. Steamer Alexandria will leave Fridays during July and August. No name has as yet been selected for the new boat.

The Picton Fleet

Officers appointed to the Picton fleet are announced as follows:

Steamer Alexandria - Joseph Renfret, captain; Joseph Leduc, mate; T.J.S. Milne, engineer; H. Vandusen, steward, except during July and August, when he will transfer to the new boat.

New Steamer - H. Heffernan, captain; Raoul Chatel, mate; John McFaul, engineer; H. Vandusen, steward; C. Wilson, purser.

Steamer Lloyd S. Porter - Nelson Hudgins, captain; Louis Smith, engineer.

Steamer Aberdeen - William Dulmage, captain; Hugh McWilliams, engineer.

Steamer Waterlily - Nelson Palmateer, captain; K. Demille, engineer.

Steamer Brockville - D.B. Christie, captain; Charles McWilliams, engineer.

Steamer Aletha - M. Palmateer, captain; Thomas Hazlett, engineer.

Steamer Varuna - J. Rathbun, captain; Walker, engineer.

Barge Isabel Reid - P. McManus, captain.

Barge Rob Roy - Nelson Kellar, captain.

Yacht Madge - Harry Brooks, captain.

p.7 Wolfe Island Council - steamboat accounts paid: James Crawford, one month captain, $50; R. Mullin, one month engineer, $66.66; Resolved - that one way tickets be 15 cents from Wolfe Island, and 20 cents from Breakey's Bay and Simcoe Island.

p.8 The Intake Pipe Tight - Superintendent Thomas Hewitt, of the water works department, finished the testing of the new section of the intake pipe which was installed by the Donnelly Wrecking Co., and found to be perfectly tight.

Late Marine Notes

The steamer Pierrepont left at two o'clock this afternoon for Cape Vincent, and it was expected that she would be able to make the trip.

Word was received that a good deal of the ice which the vessels encountered on Sunday had been swept away. The Pierrepont will keep on the run until the new steamer is placed in commission.

The steamer Derbyshire, which has been laid up at Brockville, cleared for Oswego today.

Capt. Nelson Malette, of the barge Winnipeg, has arrived from Cornwall.

The crew of the steamer Bickerdike have arrived in the city.

Capt. Peter Lalonde, of the barge Augustus, arrived from his home in Valleyfield today.

The members of the crew of the steamer Holcomb have arrived in the city.

The steamer Advance had a trial trip around the harbor this afternoon.

Some of the vessels of the M.T. company will be leaving on Wednesday.

Capt. Papineau, of the steamer City of Montreal, has arrived in the city.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Apr 1911