Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), June 20, 1895, p. 5

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aA ae ye cw ule alee all THE MARINE RECORD. been in dry dock this week, the two latter for bottom cleaning and the Say When for repairs. On account of running into a floating spar while steaming at a good rate of speed in the outer harbor on Tuesday afternoon, the handsome yacht ‘‘ Say When,’’ owned by the Hon. W.J. White, received such hull dam- age that she had to be beached to prevent her from foundering. She was pumped out and taken to dry dock, where no expense will be spared to put herin her former excellent condition, and it isnow thought that her owner will be able totake out a party of guests on Saturday- The Globe Iron Works Co. will lay the keel of a large steel steamer for the Menominee Transit Co., to take the place of the steamer Norman which foundered through collision on Lake Huron a few weeks ago. The general dimensions of the new boat will be 420 feet over- all, 400 feet keel, 48 feet beam and 28 feet deep. She will have four ten-foot boilers. Work on the new-boat will be started as soon as the material, which was pur- chased some time ago, arrives at the shipyard, and con- struction will be pushed as rapidly as possible, as the owners want to have her completed and ready for busi- ness Nov. 1. A meeting of the most prominent vessel owners was held in the office of Capt. James Corrigan on Wednes- day, when the following resolution was adopted : ** It is the sense of the vessel owners of Cleveland that any improvement of the main river from the old river- bed to the Viaduct is unnecessary at present. The old riverbed and the main river above the Viaduct require the first attention, The Valley Railroad pier, the old riverbed, the Willow street bridge, and the sharp bends are, and have been, serious obstructions that have de- prived Cleveland of its proper share of the commerce of the Ohio ports. The improvement of the main river above the Viaduct is necessary for the development of commerce in that direction, and an inducement for man- ufacturers to locate where vessels can supply their wants. The whole river should be dredged and suffi- cient water for the deepness of vessels maintained.” The water in the outer harbor east of the east pier, is very shallow. Soundings made by the Cuddy-Mullen Coal Co., who are building a large coal dock in that vicinity, show that loaded boats cannot reach their new dock from the approach to the harbor and must come in from the eastward. Dredging at that point is badly needed. Mr. Cuddy has taken the matter up with the harbor improvement committee of the Cham- ber of Commerce, and Mr. H. D. Goulder of that -com- mittee will bring the matter up at a meeting of the directors of that body. Work on the new dock is being pushed rapidly and when it is completed it will be one of the finest cargo and “fuel docks on the lakes. But if itcannot be ‘conveniently go by loaded vessels, considerable dredging will have to be done, or the firm and the port will lose much business. : It has been reported that the late Samuel Gibson, of Buffalo, and Robert Craig, of Philadelphia, were the builders of the Fountain City and Idaho, the latter 32 and the former nearly 40 years old. As a matter of record they were built at this port by Capt. E. M. Peck, and both were among the strongest wooden steamers that ever sailed the lakes. It is understood that the Light-House Board has de- cided to place a sounding board on the steam fog whis- tle at this port, so that the sound will bethrown out toward the lake and not be so plainly heard in the city. The intervals between whistles will, be lengthened, as was recently ordered at Buffalo. 4 The figures prepared by Secretary Keep of the Lake Carriers’ Association, showing the estimated decrease in the carrying capacity of the lake fleet, by the lowering of the lake levels, has set both owners and shippers to thinking. Mr. Keep’s figures show that a luwering of nine inches would effect the season capacity to the extent of 3,427,110 tons and decrease earnings to the extent of $1,713,555. Shipments of ore from Lake Superior ports during the month of May were 1,051,- 967 tons, or 107,000 tons larger than the shipments for both April and May, 1894. ‘The movement has been very heavy, but the amount brought down is far short of what it would have been had the stage of water at the foot of Lake Superior been as good as it was last yearea The first of the new lake charts issued by the hydro- graphic office at Washington, those of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, may now be procured from the agents of the departments. ‘The other three charts of the series, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lakes Erie and Ontario, will be issu: d in a few days. The people of Lorain are loud in their praise of Colonel Jared Smith, U. S. Engineer, for his attitude in regard to the harbor improvements at that place. The fund set apart, for dredging out the channel became exhausted before the bar at the harbor entrance was remoy.d. There was the greatest necessity for con- tinuing the work, and this Col:nel Smith appreciated. He telegraphed to Washington for authority and gave an order to contractor John Stang to continue the work seventy hours longer. This will give a channel 18 feet deep and 75 feet wide at the entrance and fully 17 feet deep inside to the government line. Rapid work is being done on the steel steamer Yale building at the yards of the Cleveland Ship Building Co. for local owners, and it is now certain that she will be ready for work on contract time. It is reported that the builders refused to construct a sister ship to the Chili for the same amount paid for her. The Chili was built for M. M. Drake and others of Buffalo, and was the last vessel launched from the yards of the Cleveland Ship Building Co., since which time she has been pro- nounced as one of the most efficient and economical carriers-on the lakes. Material is now coming in lively at the yards of the Globe Iron Works Co., and the fleet of canal boats will be pushed to completion at an early date. The steamer is now plated and two of the barges are well along. The large steel schooner building to the order of Fair- port owners is also all plated and will soon be ready for launching. She has a straight stem and rounn stern the run being extra fine. The steamers State of New York and State of Ohio of the C & B line are making very good time this season. The steamers are due at both ends of the route at 7:39 in the morning and they have arrived ahead of time quite often. The boats are carrying full cargoes of freight each way and passenger business is quite heavy. Masters are already complaining at the preference given the two large passenger steainers in locking through the St. Mary’s Falls Canal. There has been an enormous trade at the canal lately and each vessel is jealous of waiting for their turn to lock through an hour longer than is absolutely necessary according to the order:‘of their arrival. The handsome steel steam yacht Wadena built in 1891 at the yards ofthe Cleveland Ship Building Co., ar- rived at New York this week after a year’s cruise in eastern waters. It isreported that the Mikado of Japan was so well pleased with the yacht that he desired to purchase her for a naval despatch boat. It is safe to say that Mr. J. H. Wade, owner of the yacht, who had his family with him on the cruise is not looking fora buyer of his spendid craft even at big figures. The work of taking thecargo ont of the capsized steamer St. Magnus is going along slowly but it is now expected that the vessel will be righted this week. Her exposed position lying as she does near the mouth of the river causes more or less detention of work through steamers continually passing. 0 ee + DULUTH AND SUPERIOR, Special Correspondence to The Marine Recora. C. J. A. Morris, who built the first section of the Northwestern coal dock on Allouez Bay, has been awarded the contract for the second section, which he will begin at once. Part of the new work will be ready to receive coal before the close of navigation. The steamer William Edwards damaged her rudder at the Mesaba ore dock, Wednesday last and was detained several hours for repairs. Tne steambarge Belle Cross, which sank in the harbor last week, has been raised. One charter has been made for a boat to take wheat to Cleveland at 23¢c. It is for milling purposes. The North Land left Duluth sooner than was expected Friday evening, and asa result left behind some mem- bers of her crew, who went by train and overtook her at the Sault. ° Duluth is enjoying another war between the Singer and Inman lines. They have begun tocut rates, and there are as yet no signs Of a truce. Ashland shipped 125,349 tous of ore last week, bring- ing the season’s shipments up to 609,393 tons. Duluth shipments of wheat last week were 264,234 bushels, and of flour 153,923 barrels. Secretary Wetmore, of the American Steel Barge Co., says that after the two oil barges being built for the Standard Oil Co. are finished, no more boats will be built by the barge company this season. They are figuring On one or two boats, he says, but the price of iron proyes a setback and competition is lively. Do OO MILWAUKEE, WIS. Spectal Correspondence to The Marine Record, Diver John Harms went down to the sunken schooner Kate Kelley, off Racine North Point. He found the hull headed in a northeasterly direction. The jibboom and bowsprit were intact, but the foremast is gone and the after rigging is in a confused mass. The wreck lies in the path of vessels and the United States government will undoubtedly take steps to remove the wreckage, The garbage steainer Rand is getting a new deck and boiler at Manitowoc. The steamer Raleigh, which was damaged ky fire last week, received a new cabin at the Milwaukee Dry-Dock Co.’s west yard and got away Saturday. The steamer Denver is getting her topsides calked at the west yard. The lake barge Imperial will be taken to Horseshoe Reef with a wrecking outfit, and will try to recover the engine and boiler of the sunken steam barge J. H. Johnson. Eee —e SAULT ST. MARIE. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. The depth of water through the new Canadian Canal is said to be only 14 feet, a number of boulders not having been taken out yet. By July 15 the depth of the canal will be known. ‘The opening of the canal last Thursday was rather informal, many distinguished people who were expected having failed to come. Capt. A. Ranville, of Mackinaw City, will have charge of the steamer F. S. Faxton in the excursion business between Cheboygan and Sault Ste Marie this season. F. C. Shaw, of Crystal Lake, Mich , has been awarded the contract for furnishing lumber for repairing the cribs and structure of the Lake George lights. * Extensive preparations are being made to give the : parliamentary party a suitable reception on the occasion of the opening of the canal on Thursday. During May the canal did the heaviest month’s busi- ness in its history. The total number of passages for | the month was 2,441,an average of 77 per day. The registered tonnage was 2,344,246 The previous record for the number of boats passing in a single day has been broken several times, as weil as the record for tonnage. The banner days were the 16th, 99 boats; — 21-t, 101; 24th, 107: 25th, 102; 28th, 100. -—_— Lc PORT HURON, MICH. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, ey The City of Rome, laden with 2,400 tons of hard coal, = ran hard aground on the head of the middle ground abreast here. She was about 400 feet above the buoy. In sounding they found one spot with only 13 feet over it. The tugs Boynton and Conger tried to pull her off but gale i up until the schooner Killderhouse lightened her of coal. There were five vessels at the fiber works with pulp wood and one with coal this week. : There is not very much lumber coming to this port or to Sarnia so far this year. A few cargoes cut from Canadian logs have been sent to Sarnia from Bay City. It is expected that the burned steam-barge H. B. Run- nels will come here for a rebnild at the Jenks shipyard. She has been pumped ont and towed to Detroit where a survey will be held. aes The work on Inman’s new tug is being pushed as fast as possible. The builders expect to have her out in about two weeks. Capt. Geo. R. Bonnah has resigned the command of the schooner Koal-Kabin. The John O’Neil got away with the Hiram Sibley to load ore at Ashland at 85 cents per ton. The steam barge Wyoming (small) had a new spar. shipped at Dunford & Alverson’s dry-dock on her way up and took on 50 tons of raft chain for Loud & Son. What a fine thing for the river if Crockett & McBlroy _ would buy the City of Toledo and place her on the river between Port Huron and Detroit! John Scageland Paul J. Jones, of Sarnia, have begun work on anew yacht which they expectto launch in September. She will be equipped. with both sail and steam power, carrying two spars. She will be71 feet over all and 68 feet on deck by 11% feet beam. She will be 6 feet 6 inches from garboard to sheerplank and she will draw 5 feet aft and 3% feet forward. Her engines will be fore and aft compound,7 and 14 by 10 inches, sup- plied with steam by a Scotch boiler to carry 130 pounds pressure. The Polson Iron Works, Toronto, will build the machinery. 6 ; ASHTABULA, HARBOR, O. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, A rising ore bucket swung round and struck Otto Paa- nan while the Centurion was being unloaded last Wednesday. The machinery had started suddenly and the bucket had started with a jerk, crushing Matt Kon- fena’s thumb. ’ Capt. Stratton, of the Norman, loaned her fine, large — ensign to. Mayor W. S. McKinnon for memorial day uses at the monument, just before she started on her last trip. Thus it was saved from the watery grave which the steamer and all her other belongings found. The little steamer Joe Milton has gone on the route between the Harbor and Port Stanley. The Aurora boasts of the possession of a chinese cook, as yet a rather unique feature on the lakes. The stew- ards of several other large steamers in port made a demonstration on the Aurora last Wednesday to intimi- date the ‘‘chinee,’”’ but the master of the Aurora drove them away with a revolver. Owing to some mistake in building or designing, Jacob Strader’s steam launch Alice B. listed badly when launched last Friday, and lay well down on her side. She took in some water, which was:pumped out. About halfaton of ballast was put in without effect. Now some radical changes are to be made in her hull construction to change her center of bouyancy before she is fitted out. The new P. Y. & A. coal chutes were tested last Fri- day. Some minor defects were found which will be easily remedied, and by the time the coal gets to com- ing forward well the chutes will be in readiness for work. Three cars of coal were dumped into the steamer Samoa at Friday’s test. The contents of the cars are dumped into the pockets of the chutes by the new plan. ‘The spouts fill five-ton buckets, operated by McMyler ‘‘whirlers,’’ which place the coal in the boats with great rapidity. ‘ The sand bar at the mouth of the harbor has been giving a good deal of trouble to laden craft. Capt. W. Stickney, who has the contract for its removal, expected to leave Detroit with his dredging outfit last Saturday, and will soon be at work on the bar. After a large amount of patching by a diver on the after end of the burned steambarge Runnells, the wreckers succeeded in raising her Friday evening by pumping her out. The entire after end seems a com- plete wreck, but forward of amidships she seems all right yet. Part of her coal cargo was taken out with an over ‘‘scoop.’’ She will probably go with the re- mainder of her cargo to Port Huron, where the Jenks Ship Building Co., herowners, will put her in shape once more. 5 4 2

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