Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), May 23, 1895, p. 5

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vy <fto be sailed over twice. The regatta of the Cleveland Yacht Club is now fixed for July 4. The course will be off the lake front, three and one-half miles to windward and return, the distance There will be races for three classes of yachts, and flags will be offered for each class. The classes will be such that nearly all of the Cleveland yachts will be able to enter. About 500 tons each trip is too much for a steamer to lose in these times throtigh a lack of river dredging, yet, the boats dischargiag at the Cleveland Rolling Mill load to about ballast tfimi because the Cuyahoga River will only permit a fourteen foot draught. This neglect- ful state of affaifs must be blamed entirely on the municipal administration of the general government having jurisdiction énly to the harbor line. The large steamers North West and North Land will on making this port during the season be waited upon by a tender instead of coming into the river. Thisisa featnre of mail and passenger service on the coast and will well repay the Northern Steamship Co. both in time and cost although it isa slice off the earnings of the towing companies. The small steamer Post Boy will act as tender. A state naval reserve corps is one of the promised in- Stitutions for this port,and as the Chamber of Com- merce has taken the matter up, it is likely to go through the legislature on this second attempt. The former bill was ridiculed out of existence, it being contended that the measure was only a play drill for amateur yachts- men andclerks. There isnowa better general know- ledge of the subject, and Ohio is likely to fall in line with Illinois and Michigan legislation in this respect. —_— rr + PORT HURON, MICH. Special Correspondence to The Marine Recore. Harbormaster Stoddard is enforcing the anti- eS ordinance in Black River. : The Canadian government has a dredge at work on the middle ground at Point Edward. : The Thompson warehouse is being overhauled and re- painted and the dock thoroughly repaired. The schooner Aurora, bound down from Goderich to Sarnia light, ran into the Grand Trunk dock at Fort Gratiot Monday morning. She hadto spend a day or two in Dunford & Alverson’s dry-dock. The steamer Linden which went ashore at Point aux Barques on her first trip down with copper, was brought in last Friday. She is in worse condition than had been: thought. She is now in dry-dock receiving repairs. The schooner L,.. L. Lamb ran upon the fluke of her anchor Monday morning and cut such a hole in her bot- tom that tugs had to hurry to get her into dry-dock be- fore she would sink. Her master was trying to keep her from getting aground. DD SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, The three new docks of the Chandler-Dunbar Co. will be 400 feet deep, with a frontage of 110 feet each, and slips between. ‘Captains of the Northern Steamship Line have been ordered to use the old channel until the Hay Lake cut is properly buoyed. The charges of neglect of duty made against local in- spector Gooding, of Marquette, have been dismissed after investigation. . Capt. D. W. Johnson, of the schooner Ben Harrison, missed his footing and fellinto the lock Sunday. He was pulled out without much difficulty. Commander W. W. Mead, light-house inspector for the Eleventh district, suggests that the vessels employ local pilots when navigating» Hay Lake channel until they become accustomed to its currents, etc. May 13 was the record day at the canal, when 88 boats aggregating a registered tonnage of 91,357. were locked through. ‘The heaviest tonnage prior-to that date was on June 18, 1894, when 86,703 tons passed through. Dunbar & Sullivan fully expect to recover, with in- terest, the duty of $3,600 which they had to pay in 1890 on the dredge Tipperary Boy. ‘The dredge was built in the United States and then exported. It was offered for free entry on the above facts, but as the dredge had re- ceived large repairs at Amherstburg in the interim, duty was assessed. They brought’ suit to recover the amount, which was heard last week by the United States Court at Cincinnati, oO. THE MARINE RECORD. TOLEDO, O Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Thirty ship carpenters have been added to the force in Craig’s shipyard. A stowaway in the hold of the steamer S. C. Reynolds came near suffocating while she was bound up Lake Erie from Buffalo last Saturday. The dredges Birckhead and Champion are-at eauk on-; the straight channel in Maumee Bay. They will remove 320,000 yards of material this season. The schooner S. H. Dunn, bound for’ this port from Kingston to load grain, lost het centerboard off Kelley’s Island Saturday evening. ‘The tug Andrews went down and towed her in. The body of young Brown who was drowned when the Sadie Shepard foundered, was recovered on the béach at The boy’s father, - the mouth of Ward’s canal Saturday. who works at Craig’s shipyard, was at once notified and cared for the remains, which were taken to St. Clair for burial. rr SANDUSKY, O. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. ; The Frank E. Kirby’s daily trips between ee and Detroit will begin on June 5. The dredge which was at work. in front of the short line dock last week is now Sueeee on the. harbor front channel, The tug L. P. Smith came up from Cleveland to get the B. B. Icsman, which was sold early this spring. She will be cut down and used as a fuel boat. The steamer Swansea, has been in port a good part of last week. Assistant U. S. engineer, W. T. Blunt, is sounding and laying out the dredging work. On account of the low level of the lake, considerable dredging will be done all along the docks this season. The water is nearly one foot lower than a year ago, but as yet vessels have had no trouble getting in or out. The Big Four will probably expend several thousand dollars on dock improvements and dredging, and the work will likely begin soon. - BAY CITY, MICH. Special Correspondence to The Marine Recora. The new steel steam yacht Wapiti, built /by Wheder & Co. for Isaac Bearinger, the wealthy lumber man; was launched Tuesday. She is one of the finest yachts on the lakes and is being finished in some of the most ex- pensive imported woods. keel and has very fine lines, speed entering largely into the design. ‘The old wooden yacht ‘of the same name has been condemned. Capt. James Davidson is increasing his force of work- men almost every day, and at present there are about 700 men at work inthe yard: . The wooden schooners are being rushed towards completion, and as the transfer barges have to be finished in a short time, extra work is being done on them, and it will not be long before they are ready for launching. Capt. Davidson will put the new schooners on the line with the other boats of his fleet as soon as they are ready, and will run them with ore and grain between Lake Superior and Chicago. Work on the new big steel steamer at the Wheeler yards, as well as the two steel lumber carriers, is going for- ward as fast as receipts of material will warrant.. The lumber boats are expected to carry 2,000,000 feet each. F. W. Wheeler & Co. have sold the schooner Alert to Isaac Stephenson for $1,750. Ce ee BUFFALO, N.Y. To the Editor of The Marine. Record: . The tug Fabian, of Maytham’s line, now holds record for speed in the harbor. The schooner Mingoe apparently wet her grain through her decks as no leak could be found in her topsides. Hand and Johnson’s new tug which replaces the Cascade, sold to Lorain parties, has also been named the Cascade. During last week vessels took out 60,475 tons of hard coal, 17,341 barrels of cement, 16,737 barrels of salt, aud 49,982 barrels of sugar. James Wilson, of Fayworth, Mich., deckhand on the steamer Syracuse, fell into the hold Saturday night and was killed. Heleaves a widowed mother. Capt. A. B. Drake, formerly of the Thomas Maytham, the will command the new Kelderhouse steamer Chili. She measures 107 feet on the Capt. Joseph Hulligan, of the Brazil, will take the Maytham, being succeeded by. : ames Conners, mate of the Brazil. ses toe There has been a great deal of competition this: sea-- son between Buffalo and Tonawanda’ tugs, and now — Captain Dunn, manager of the Vessel Owners’ Line at — the lumber port, threatens to come to Buffalo and start ~ in. business with three tugs, one of which i is the. Enter- : prise. - The season on the Erie Canal is so dull as to remind the boatmen of Commodore Vanderbilt’s threat that he would make grass grow in its bed. Many of the boats are still out of commission, and 1%c is the rate on wheat. An attempt was made with dynamite, Saturday night, to blow a break in the canal near Rome, N.Y, — The steamer North West has been ‘provided with a new system of ventilation, the heated and pure air being forced into every section of the ship. . ‘She has been fueled with hard and soft coal,and will test the qualities of each. Soft coal will be burned in a part of the boilers, and hard coal in the others. ‘The ashes will be weighed and the. — qualities of each oe noted. : John Vallier, -second engineer ‘ef the. steamer M..Gy Neff, was very seriously scalded’ by ‘escaping’ ‘Steam at ~ Menominee a few days ago, while she was blowing off | her boilers.: He is in the Marietta Hospital. also: being built by the firm. The tug Genevieve is also | being rebuilt at this yard, and some dump scows for the © Buffalo Dredging Co. are being constructed. : The fuel question is assuming a new phase. The — vessel men are buying nut coal and slack, and are using forced Graft. There is fifty cents per ton saved in» the. cost of fuel, and it is claimed that by using blowers no more will be used than oflump. Steamers will thus save $100 a trip and then blowers cost only $150 each... The. W..P.. Ketchum fueled slack on her last trip When the Northern King was passing through the Michigan Street Bridge Sunday, the bridge swing around, the upper end striking the King’s port bow, smashing her rail and several starfchions. The bridge was carried off its tracks, and fell diagonally across the track badly obstructing uavigation. The trouble is said to have been caused by the wind. The Northern King was damaged to the extent: of- $500, and the bridge agreat deal more. The water in Niagara River is very tow. - Ntagos Ruff- ner, U. S. Engineer says there is fourteen feet of water, but tug men with one accord dispute this... The steamer ° W. H. Sawyer went down a couple of days ago drawing © 12 feet, 10 inches with the wind blowing down the lake. Capt. Jenks said he struck in three different places. T. S. Fassett, a Tonawanda lumberman takes the side of Major Ruffner and says there is plenty of water if boats will only find the channels. Capt. Ed. Maytham says a boat cannot godown on the’ range, drawing 12° feet and wants to know why the ranges are not set to point out where the great abundance of water is. EEE MILWAUKEE, WIS. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record: The schooner C. P. Minch brought down a cargo of stone from Superior this week. The steamer Neosho has brought acargo of grain from-Duluth for the Kern mills. é The Kirby-Carpenter will protect its steamer a at Menominee with a breakwater. The City of Kalamazoo will receive a new wheel 9% feet in diameter, and the Charles McVea a wheel of 7 feet 4 inches, both of the Sheriff’s pattern. 3 The fare on steamers between this port and Muske- gon has been cut from $3 to $2. J.C. McClintock, agent of the Western line, has re- covered from his late accident. The schooner Bay State will be recalked and get minor repairs at Manitowoc. The little Sturgeon Bay steamer Liberty is to be placed on a Lake Superior route. : ‘Capt. P..S. Roulette, is now in command of the Hart line steamer C. W. Moore. Se ee ASHTABULA, O. ° Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. The fog signal will stop May 25-28 for repairs. The Griffin came here afew days ago leaking. She had just been in dry-dock at Cleveland. — The new steel schooner Marcia made -her first appear- ance at this port Sunday. She brought 2, 831 tons of ore from Two Harbors. The Youghiogheny and Ellsworth Coal Companies have decided not to purchase a car capi machine for loading cars this season. Work on erecting the most iedeun ‘machinery on the P., Y. & A. docks has begun, The three McMyler ma- chines. have been moved to the Haskell dock below the > swing bridge. ;

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