Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), May 9, 1895, p. 5

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¥ s 42-inch furnaces. Toledo. The building of the steamer for the Cleveland & Buffalo line will soon, begin at Wyandotte. ‘The revised contract embodies several changes from the original plan, which will somewhat increase the cost. F. E. Kirby is now placing orders for the steel material. The tug Stickney is having a new wheel put in at Oades’ shipyard. It is a double-sweep wheel, cast at the foundry of F. Kahl & Co. on St. Aubin avenue. The new device, it is claimed, gives more power and speed to the tug, and atrial trip is looked for with interest by tug owners. The firm of Parker & Millen, of this port, are the greatest benefactors to lake underwriters that we have ever had. The firm control the wrecking tugs Favorite, Saginaw and Wales, and however dangerous or arduaus the wrecking task may be, the charges are always at cost.and down to rock bottom figures. The new steamer building at Wheeler’s West Bay City yard for the Stephenson Lumber Co. will be named I. Watson Stephenson. The steamer Metropolis which is being rebuilt at Wheeler & Co.’s Bay City yard for the Toledo and Put-in-Bay route, will be finished in about three weeks. There will remain only ten staterooms. Capt. ira: h 2 Holt, of Detroit, is super- intending the work. The pilot of the steamer New York is credited here with deliber- ately running down a row boat containing Har- bor-Master. Mc- Rae and his as- sistants who were engaged .grap- pling for two sunken bodies on the river here Monday. No lives were lost, but the harbor master had a narrow es- cape as he is not aswimmer. It is further stated the pilot remarked that he did not have to alter his helm to keep clear of row boats. The Detroit Bridge and Iron Works have constructed the steel gates for the new ‘‘Soo”’ canal locks. They are the largest gates of steel in the world. Each leaf has two air pumps and two air chambers, situated near the bottom of the gates, andtwo water chambers a few feet above the center. Air pumps are to be operated by Her old boiler will be placed in the hand from the top of the gates. The air and water chambers are used in conjunction to preserve the equil- ibrum of the gates, and to prevent any undue strain on the quoin posts. The top of the gates will be provided with a wooden walk for foot travel. The Lake Erie & Detroit River R. R. Co., lessees of the London & Port Stanley line, are said to be negotiat- ing for a steamer which they will place on the Cleve- land-Port Stanley route. The test of the wrecker Swain’s electric plant shows that it works perfectly. Beside the powerful search- light, the tugs side lights will also be illuminated by electricity. She will leave immediately for her station. eR SANDUSKY. O Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, The water here is nearly one foot below the normal level, but vessels entering this harbor have experienced no difficulty. : Sandusky people are highly pleased with the nice little steamer Arrow. She easily reels of 16 miles per hour, and will do much better later on. Shecarries her 800 passengers as steadily as could be desired. THE MARINE RECORD. Plans for the foundation for the Sandusky Bay range light station have been completed and those for the buildings are now being made. It is expected that the work will be completed about Sept. 30, 1896. ‘The lights will be stationed at the mouth of the bay on a range with the Baltimore & Ohio docks. TUE — STEEL PASSENGER STEAMER ARROW. (ILLUSTRATED ) There has been added this week to the Lake Erie fleet of passenger steamers a handsome craft built by the Detroit Dry Dock Co., at Wyandotte to the order of the Sandusky Island Steamboat Co., A. Wehrle, Jr., president, to be placed in the local trade. On her trial trip last week the Arrow reeled “off 16 miles an hour and with the improvements put upon her engines and boilers which were formerly in the passen- ger boat City of Sandusky, it is confidently expected that the new boat will better the time made on her trial trip by at least one mile an hour. By reference to the cut it will be seen that the pes is modeled after the lines of the Frank EK. Kirby, a steamer generally credited with being the fastest pas- senger boat on the lakes, and a regular liner between STEEL PASSENGER STEAMER “ARROW.” Detroit and Toledo. She also was built by the Detroit Dry Dock Co., and named in honor of their consulting engineer. The Arrow is licensed to carry 800 passen- gers and is fitted up in the finest possible manner, in- cluding all modern conveniences for the comfort of passengers. The company managing the new steamer are thor- oughly acquainted with the needs of the trade and as there has been an excellent business worked up be- tween Sandusky and the islands, the success of this speedy passenger craft is assured. TEED a CLEVELAND. O. spectal Correspondence to The Marine Record. F. W. Wheeler, the West Bay City shipbuilder, and Capt. John Shaw were in the city on Tuesday. A survey will be held today on the steamer I. W. Nicholas at the Shipowners’ dry dock. The surveyors are Thomas Bristow and Capt. Sinclair of Chicago. Charles H. Keep, Esq., secretary of the Lake Carriers’ Association and Capt. J. J. H. Brown were here from Buffalo this week, also Capt. James Millen of Detroit. The new steel schooner Malta, built to the order of the Minnesota Line by the Chicago Ship Building Co., dis- charged her first cargo here this week. She Lapin 2,780 tons on 13 feet 8 inches draft. Mr. Robert Logan held a survey on the steamer Parks Foster in the Cleveland Dry Dock on Tuesday. About thirteen plates will be taken off and itis expected that she will be out of dock on Saturday.’ The steel schooner yacht Priscilla, Capt. Henty Baker is now on her way to Cleveland from New. York. The Priscilla was built to defend the America’s cup in “1885 and she will be a valuable acquisition to ne oe yacht fleet. The Carp River Mining Co. has pa Biegdnted By Cleveland men to develop a copper mine in Ontonagon county, Mich., near Lake Superior. The officers are T. D. Lindsey, president; W. L. Laffer, secretary ; ;¢. Dz Everett, S. O’Dell, H. D. Whittlesey, directors. ; Considering the low stage of water now prevailing, the new steel steamer Globe has made a record by ar- riving at Ashtabula from Escanaba on Tuesday with a cargo of 3,200 tons of ore. If there is any money to be earned this season large carriers on a light draft are the ones to secure it. A fleet of Cleveland owned vessels trimmed ore car- goes at Marquette this week with their own crews. The Minnesota Steamship Co. have made the attempt to carry iron ore without any trimming, and if any vessels can stand the work it is surely the Minnesota fleet, all of which are large modern built steel ships. Some delay has been experienced at the yards of the Globe Iron Works Co., owing to a lack of promptneéss in forwarding steel from Pittsburg, but work is now starting up brisk- ly and the fleet of steel canal boats, as well as the large steel schoo- ner for which a contract was placed some time ago, will be turn- ed out in short : order. ‘The stea- mer George Stone collided with and sunk her consort the schooner S. H. Kimballoff Point Aux Barques on Wednesday morn- ing. The schéonrer foundered in deep water a few min- utes after the col- lision but no lives were lost. Both vessels belonged to the Bradley fleet. The sunken schooner was classed A 2 and valued at $, 5000. Several lar ge steamers grounding within a few hours of each other at the entrance to Hay Lake channel, and receiving more or less damage, is said to have been caused through inefficient buoyage. If these casualties occurred on account of a lack of the ordinary aids to navigation, the Lake Carriers’ Association cannot too strongly call the attention of the light-house service to the needs of the locality. A meeting of the executive and fuel committees of the Lake Carriers’ Association was held in the offices of Capt. James Corrigan on Wednesday, and all the mem- bers present felt certain that the fueling abuse at. Buf- falo had or soon would be entirely done away with. A resolution was adopted instructing secretary Keep to prepare a circular letter to be mailed to all vessel owners whether members of the association or not, urging them to make arrangements at once for all the fuel they may require at Buffalo this season, with fueling firms that have no connection with the hard coal shippers .and’ to advise their Buffalo agents tothat effect. The question of coal rates from Buffalo was also informally discussed and some very decided. and emphatic opinions were ex- pressed that instead of taking 20 to 25 cents for coal the owners might just as well have a higher anda living rate if they would only decide to take it. Another sub- ject discussed was the misguiding buoys in St. Mary’s River. The secretary was directed to take up the mat- ter with the proper government authorities and secure if possible an efficient system of buoys -in the- Sault.

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