Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), June 13, 1895, p. 6

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Ss TREASURY DECISIONS RELATING TO VESSELS. INSPECTIONS OF FOREIGN STEAM VESSELS TO BE MADE BY LOCAL, INSPECTORS. TREASURY DEPARTMENT, March 5, 1895. Sir: You will please inform local inspectors in dis- tricts where foreign steam vessels are inspected, that under an act of Congress approved March 1, 1895, the office of Special Instructor of Foreign Steam Vessels was abolished, and that hereafter the inspection of such steamers will come under the jurisdiction of the lo- cal inspectors, who will inspect all foreign steamers on application, and issue certificates thereupon, signed by them as ‘local inspectors.’’ Such inspections, how- ever, are to be made under the General Rules and Reg- ulations for the inspection of Foreign Steam Vessels. (Form 2180. Very respectfully, CHARLES S. HAMLIN, Acting Secretary. Jas. A. Dupon’, Esq., Supervising Iuspector-General, Steamboat-Inspec- tion Service, Treasury Department. STHAMERS MAY BE INSPECTED PREVIOUS TO EXPIRATION OF CERTIFICATE, WHEN BOUND ON FOREIGN VOVAGE. TREASURY DEPARTMENT, March 13, 1895. Sir: In reply to your letter of the 11th instant, re- questing inspection of the steam yacht Oneida on the 15th instant, though the regular inspection is not due till May 18 next, because of ‘having put a new boiler in the steamer, and intending to sail next week, you are informed that the Supervising Inspection-General will direct the local inspectors at New York to make the re- quired inspection on the 15th instant, under the assump- tion that the vessel is going out of United States waters, not to return until after the expiration of the current certificate of inspection. If the above assumption is in- correct, then there is no authority to anticipate the date of inspection more than thirty days, which the inspect- ors have authority for under general regulations ap- proved February 20, 1895. Respectfully yours, CHARLES S. HAMLIN, Acting Secretary. EK. C. BENEDICT, Esq., 29 Broad street, N. Y. LOCAL, INSPECTORS TO REVOKE OFFICERS’ LICENSES WITH FORGED INTERLINEATIONS OR CHANGE OF RATING. "TREASURY DEPARTMENT, March 11, 1895. Sir:* Referring to your letter of the 9th instant, In re-Complaint against Chief Engineer Fred S. White, charged with increasing the grade of the license issued to him to act on vessels of 800 tons, and changed by said White to read ‘‘3,000 tons,’’ and asking the Depart- ment’s instructions inthe matter, you are informed that the attorney general of the U. S., having rendered an opinion, dated September 17, 1890, ‘‘ that under the pres- ent laws there can be punishment inflicted on persons. making false oaths in the application for officers’ licenses, or forging or interlining certificates of license increasing the grade,’ there is nothing you can do in the premises other thar to leave the matter with the local inspectors, who you say, now have the case under advisement; whose duty it would be, if the facts charged are sustained, to revoke the changed license, and refuse to relicense the person found guilty of changing a license. Very respectfully, W. E. Curtis, : , ; Acting Secretary. Collector of Customs, Norfolk, Va. d ; ACCOMMODATIONS OF SEAMEN. TREASURY DEPARTMENT, BUREAU OF NAVIGATION, WASHINGTON, D. C., March 4, 1895, To Collectors of Customs and others: ° Your attention is invited to the following provisions relative to the accommodations of seamen, of the act ap- proved March 2, 1895, entitled ‘‘ An act to provide for deductions from the gross tonnage of vessels of the United States.”’ The act will take effect April 1, 1895: “*Hivery place appropriated to the crew of the vessels shall have a space of not less than seventy-two cubic feet and not less than twelve superficial feet, measured on the deck or floor of that space, for each seaman or apprentice lodged therein. Such place shall be securely constructed, properly lighted, drained, and ventilated, properly protected from weather and sea, and as far as practicable properly shut off and protected from the ef- fluvium of cargo or bilge water; and failure to comply _ with this provision shall subject the owner to a penalty of five hundred dollars. Every place so occupied shall be kept free from goods or stores of any kind not being the personal property of the crew in use during the voy- age; and if any such place is not so kept free the mas- ter shall forfeit and pay to each seaman or apprentice lodged in that place the sum of fifty cents a day for each day during which any goods or stores as aforesaid are kept or stored in the place after complaint has been made to him by any two or more of the seamen so - lodged. No deduction from tonnage as aforesaid shall _ be made unless there is permanently cut in a beam and over the doorway of every such place the number of men __it‘is allowed to accommodate with these words: ‘‘Cer- tified to accommodate * * * seamen.” THE MARINE RECORD. The third section of the act provides : "Sec. 3. That.the provisions of this act requiring a crew space of seventy-two cubic feet per man shall ap- ply only to vessels the construction of which shall be os after June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety- We KUGENE T, CHAMBERLAIN, Commissioner. Approved:: S. WIKE, Assistant Secretary. rr DID NOT AVOID LIBELING. Regarding the dispatch published a few days ago stating in effect that the Canadian steamer Jack steered clear of American waters to avoid libeling on account of her collision with the steamer Norman, lately owned in Cleveland, Mr. George McLeod, representing Smith, Davis & Co., underwriters of Buffalo, makes a denial of the report, in which he says: “T had charge of the Jack in behalf of the underwrit- ers. I employed a wrecking outfit from Mr. F. W. Gil- christ, of Alpena. When the vessel was raised I took her to Alpena, made temporary repairs to go to Port Huron, made arrangements with the dry dock at Port Huron before I left Alpena. On arrival at Port Huron I stopped at the dry dock to carry out my agreement with the dry dock, and while tied up to the dock the marshal came on board and asked meif I would take the vessel to Detroit. I told him I.would, providing he would take the responsibility of sinking on the way there. The avoidance of a libel on the Jack never was thought of in any way.’’ + _ ABSTRACT OF BIDS FOR IMPROVEMENT AT THE “$00.” Abstract of bids for ‘‘ Improving St. Mary’s River, at the Falls, Michigan, removing material from the mova- ble dam and from the 800-ft. Lock Approaches ; also constructing Piers for the 800-ft. Lock Approaches,” re- ceived and opened June 7, 1895, in accordance with ad- vertisement datedMay 8, 1895: | a a ene era eeannayDUUDURO TSNSCnSSSSRENSnNSnESESSONSSSSS SIRS and 2 inches thick, printed on very fine paper and con- taining nearly 300 pages of text, bound substantially in cloth and boards, which will be found to fill a new field in the line of information. the methods of construction and character of materials and plant used in the public works under the charge of the War and Treasury Departments, and of the commis- sioners of the District of Columbia, including works of river and harbor improvement, buildings at posts of the United States army, lighthouses, public buildings, ” life-saving stations, and works of municipal engineer- ing of Washington, D. C.; also of the laws, regulations and forms prescribed for the conduct of such works; and a directory of the United States agents in charge of these works, and of contractors for them, also of manufactures of and dealers in machinery, materials and miscellaneous supplies used in the construction of” the works. It has been got up as a book of reference for all persons interested in the public works, and for engineers and contractors in general, by Capt. W. M. Black, of the Corps of Eugineers of the United States army, member of the Americau society of Civil Engi- neers, and is illustrated by over forty photogravures and working drawings, which make it very attractive as well as valuable. The publishers are John Wiley & Sons, 53 Fast Tenth street, New York city, and the price of the book is $5. TE OE CONFLICTING TESTIMONY. Supervising.inspector of steamboats, Gen. James A. Dumont has received a statement sworn to by Chas. Wilson, master of the steamer Joseph L. Hurd, John Brockie, second engineer; D. MacManerrey, chief engi- neer, and John S. Gronday, mate, giving their version of the recent collision between the Hurd and Cayuga. ‘‘We heard a fog signal from an approaching steamer ahead,’’ says the master, ‘‘and blew then a long blast of the big steam whistle which was answered by one similar whistle by the approaching steamer. Aftera few minutes, I signaled the engineer to stop the en- gines and then gave two bells to back. I could hear the approaching steamer by the noise of the water which ; a. S ie oe ee ma Fy Se S 2 ae eae. 2 os No. Name and address of bidder. S54 68” 238 ae. ess o'v Su Seri} ox Seo ge Si a A ae S + 35. a4 ee Seas a e 1 |James B. Donnelly, Bui-) $1.40 22 23 Lalo p Nein ctivens cosmentants dots 2 |Dunbar & Sullivan, Buf- falos Ni eVisit sewn uiet te 1.80 SoH) ab 3 |R. J. Cram, Detroit, Mich.. 4 |James L. Lipsett, Robert 1.50 .48 49 Gregg,and Jared A. Cook, ‘ Sault Ste Marie, Mich..... 5 |Powell & Mitchell, Mar- 225 25% 38% Guettes MiIchh. 1ieinspircates ce 6 |Gearing & Lally, Detroit, 1.40 .90 .60 IMEC He Bistassscsescpxerncee cece rs 2.50 .65 40 7 |Hickler Bros. & Mitchell, Sault Ste Marie, Mich..... 2.00 .80 .60 8 |Carkin, Stickney & Cram, Detfoit; Michi. ft.c 0c 2 60 43 56 F) a 3 be - o o o Qo we is 3 5 ae 2 oe Se Ls &8 te oe as am ae 2s : ts ° ate : 3 oe 5 ie oes aoe Bae aa gesiby ob get Pde g Buoy Ba Seago sore: | ikS eae re Bieo phe e ee 2 ne at a5 ERTS tlle) ° i § oo e et) ge mi is ee Ze Bas < 2 5 ee ne = 1S) .29 19% | $16.00 3 3 165,197.91 .28 .19 10.00 2% .2 | 187,602.31 24% 18% | 10.00 .2 | 204,660.90 ‘3 25% 24 22.00 3% 2 | 212,689.95 2434 2k 10.00 2. 1% | 258,566.33 .30 21% 3.00 2% 24% | 261,245 18 .26 .18 20.00 2 1% | 261,493.96 ~ .36 .24 | 15.00 4% 4 | 266,674.90 Abstract of bids received on Monday, June 10, 1895, for furnishing an iron tower for Calumet Pierhead, Ill. : Russell Wheel & Foundry Co., Detroit; for Tower. .......0, Sass dee visasdeas OY TODCOO For Tower and complete set of patterns galls « 4,185.00 John P. McGuire, Cleveland, Ohio; for Tower.. 3,870.00 For Tower and complete set of patterus....... « 4,155.00 NEw ORLEANS, La., June 10, 1895. Abstract of proposals for constructing coffer-dam and excavating and piling foundation for Lock at Plaque- mine, opened June 6, by Major James B. Quinn, Corps of Engineers: Chicago Dredging & Dock Co., Chicago, Ill.... $117,421.00 Ethan Allen Burriss, New Orleans, [a....... + 93,250.00 Frederic’ Harris, Dallas, Texas....ii..0c..:scsestee 113,243.35 W. J. Bentley & Co., New Orleans, Tya........... 104,616.00 R. L. Van Sant and R. P. Lutes, St. Louis, Mo..... aise Weugleaiiabs sete See cakes wade badsan beanie ieqenay .- 106,460.00 Chas. Clarke & Co., Galveston, Texas.......... - 104,000.00 Geo. M. D. Geigsby, Jefferson, Tex................ 112,900.00 rr 0 et 0 eit DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS. “The United States Public Works Guide and Register’’ is the title of a very handsome book 9x12 inchés in area the steamer occasioned as she came at a rapid rate of speed. Shortly after, I could see the steamer coming right for us, striking the propeller Hurd on the port bow with such force that it cut it clean off.” Capt. Graves of the Cayuga, sends a statement not sworn to. He says that when the fog shut in, he checked to six miles per hour. The Hurd sounded one blast which was answered by one blast. “T saw the headlight and topmast of the Hurd about four points on our starboard bow. I saw I could not clear her. I stopped and backed strong. Our way was stopped. The Hurd coming at a good gait, struck the Cayuga on the star-board bow aft ofthe collision bulk- head.”’ Gen. Dumont, when asked what conclusions he reached after perusing the reports, said; ‘‘I confess I am as much at sea as the captains seem to have been. I cannot understand how one vessel could have been struck on the starboard side and the other on the port unless the Hurd turned around. ‘The collision shows the folly of two vessels which are not visible to each other attempting to give passing signals in case of fog. It contains a summary of #

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