Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The North King
The Watchman (Lindsay, ON), 14 May 1891
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The New Steamer Will Be "One of the Finest" on Lake Ontario.

This new steamer will be placed on the route between Port Hope and Rochester by the 20th May. She belongs to the Lake Ontario Steamboat Company, and is now being completed at the dry dock of Davis & Son, Kingston. She is 176 feet in length, 44 feet wide over the guards, 10 feet depth of hold, eight feet between decks, and ten feet high in upper saloon. The leading features of her construction are the result of the experience of Mr. Gildersleeve, the manager of the company, as the requirements of the route, and the best experts have contributed in the carrying out of the details. The hull lines are by Captain J.W. Pearce, of Evansville, Ind.; engine proportions, by Frank E. Kirby, of Detroit, and feathering wheels, by Messrs. Logan & Rankin, Toronto. She is sharp and high forward, and the leading idea in the shape of the hull has been to secure a vessel that would make her time in all weathers, and with the greatest comfort to passengers. The hold below the main deck not being required for freight, is mainly devoted to strengthening. In addition to the usual water-tight bulkheads and side strengthening, she is screw bolted throughout and iron strapped from forward to aft between the planking and frames. Trusses are built the full depth of the hold, and full length forward and after over the sister keelsons, with top stringer bolted to the deck beams, and posts every six feet, four knees at the corners between the posts meeting in the centre, each truss thereby forming a succession of knee arches. Similar trusses are belt over the centre keelson forward and aft of the sister keelsons. To prevent side steam, there are double braces from gunwale to bilge across the hull every 20 feet, kneed at both ends and bolted together where they cross. Half sponsons are built outside the hull to protect the guards forward of the wheels which also give increased stability and strength. It is believed this is the largest amount of strengthening as yet introduced in a wooden steamer. She has a skeleton beam engine with cylinder 36 inches in diameter and 10 feet length of stroke, with Stevens' valve gear and drop cut of latest design. The paddle wheels are of the feathering type, 18 1/2 feet in diameter of the wheels are compared with the leverage of the crank is designed to give great speed of engine and consequent power. She has two return tubular boilers, one in front of the other to distribute the weight and place face to face with separate smoke stack to each. The power is estimated at 750 indicated horse power and the speed at not less than 15 miles. The feathering side wheel type of steamer, although more expensive, has been decided on as the best for passenger lake service, after careful considerations, and consultations with the best experts in New York and Detroit. The extra width of the guards gives greater space for passenger accommodation; and the tremor and rolling are less than with either single or double screws. These considerations have caused the latest of the Long Island sound and upper lake passenger steamers to be built of this type. The passenger steamers crossing the channels of the English coast are also still built with feathering paddles on account of the lesser vibration and rolling, although they have no guards and but little upper works. The North King will have ample freight room on the main deck, on each side of and forward of the engine. Between the after gangways is the main saloon, with office, baggage rooms, stairway, etc., and aft of this the main cabin, with staterooms on each side. On the second or promenade deck is the upper saloon, 136 feet in length, 14 feet wide aft of and 20 feet wide forward of the engine. The forward portion, from its greater width, comfortable sofas, and spacious glass front, will be the favourite resort for passengers. Dining tables will be laid in the whole of the after and part of the forward portions. Ladies' and gentlemen's toilet rooms are also in the upper saloon. On each side of the upper saloon as far as the forward end of the engine, are double rows of staterooms, and in front of this a single row on each side. The outside promenades are in front of the upper saloon and also on the forward portion of the third hurricane deck in the vicinity of the pilot house and texas. She will be heated by steam and lit with electricity with reserve oil lamps. Her life saving apparatus of boats, life rafts, and life preservers are over the legal requirements. Captain C. H. Nicholson who has become a favourite on the route will be in command assisted by J. Jerrolds mate, J. W. Johnston purser, Thos. Milne 1st engineer and A. W. Stevenson Steward, all old friends; the latter has long been famous for keeping a well supplied table and his steamer scrupulously clean. With so good a ship, and such competent officers the route across the lake is certain to be well served.

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14 May 1891
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.2362173391679 Longitude: -76.4797783703613
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.9443724669796 Longitude: -78.2911017248535
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.2528802425981 Longitude: -77.6066336083985
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The North King