Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), June 27, 1895, p. 5

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ee er MILWAUKEE, WIS. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Sailors’ wages on Lake Michigan continue to be $1.50, the rate agreed upon at the opening. Peeled fence posts are being shipped in large quanti- ties in Green Bay. The price paid by the shippers for the posts is said to be only 4 cents each. The propeller Pueblo, which recently went on the rocks at Whitefish Bay, came out of drydock at the west yards Monday night. The boat is now in better condi- tion than she has been in years. The schooner Oneida docked at the west yards Tuesday. The C. Hickox has been having her butts calked and getting minor repairs at the Milwaukee drydock. ED eS LORAIN. O, Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, The Lorain-Cleveland Steamship Co. have brought suit against Bennett Haskell and Judson A. Baldwin, owners of the Yattaw, on the grounds that the Yattaw was not the boat she was represented to be and claim to be damaged about $2,000. The plaintiffs had chartered the steamer for the season at $2,500. . Supt. Johnson, of the Brown Hoisting and Conveying Co. of Cleveland, has begun the work of erecting the new machinery at the C. L. & W. dock.. It is expected to have three of the legs ready for work July 15. The dock has a river frontage of 330 feet, and the ways in shore will be 800 feet long. The machinery when com- plete will serve six hatches. The storage capacity of the dock is 500,000 tons. The 75-foot channel has been completed to the harbor entrance. ‘Ihe work has cost $60,000 and $40,000 more will be spent deepening the river to 17 feet. —_ DD 0 i SANDUSKY, O. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Business is picking up along the docks rapidly since: coal began coming forward. The coal shipping season opened about eight days ahead of last year. Carkin, Stickney & Cram’s big dredge No. 16 has been attached on a suit for $29,300 and interest brought by A. F. Bartlett & Co., machinery manufacturers at Sag- inaw, Mich. The claim is on indebtedness of the dredg- ing firm for machinery supplied to its apparatus: Goul- der, Wing & Holding, of Cleveland, and T. E. Tarsney, of Detroit, represent the plaintiffs. The company has dredges working at Lorain and Ashtabula, and writs of attachment have been issued to the sheriffs of the two counties, and all three dredges will also be tied up to secure payment of the claim. The new steamer Chili came in Tuesday and has been loading 3,000 tons of coal at the short line dock for her fourth trip up the lakes. The employes of the Short Line docks began on Mon- day at7a.m.toload the steamer Shenandoah, and by six o’clock that évening she was ready to get away for Manitowoc with 2,300 tons of coal, all loaded in ten hours. In five hours 55 cars of coal were dumped into her hold. The coal was all handled with derricks. Capt. Fred Magle has recovered from his late illness sufficiently to again take command of the American Kagle. The steamer Protection will go to Lorain to assist in raising the Transfer. . : The remains of Fred G. Bremer, marine engineer were found floating in the bay Tuesday morning, near Gilcher & Schucks lumber dock, from which he is sup- posed to have fallen. He leaves a wife and three chil- dren. He had been working on the tug Erie until Sat- urday, since when he had been out of employment. The City of Nicollet will be repaired at a Detroit dry- dock. The steamer A. W. Burch has returned from Toledo, where she was in dry-dock. She received a thorough overhauling and has been painted white with blue trimmings. The rush of coal to this city has commenced and the force along the docks will be busy in afew days. Several trains have arrived over the Columbus, Sandusky & Hocking road during the past few days and more is ex- pected. The Baltimore & Ohio will also receive coal from southern Ohioin a few days and it is expected that a large amount will be handled on these docks during the coming season. EEE Pe ASHTABULA HARBOR, O. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, The tug crews of the port have been granted an in- crease in pay, extra men now fuel the tugs, this work having formerly been done by the crews. The tug C. L. Boynton left last Thursday night with the burned steamer Runnells, Buffalo. Sam and Joe Rice have gone for acruise up Lake Erie in the 18-foot yawl Nancy Lee. They expect to be absent several weeks. : Carkin Stickney & Crams’ tug Dragon came down from Detroit Saturday night to act as tender to the dredging outfit crew at work in the outer harbor. There is over three miles of English cable in use on the new King portable conveyors, which have just been erected here. It has been decided to construct twelve bridges or machines to make provision for the largest boats now building. It is expected to have the work done by July 15, and the force will be at work day and THE MARINE RECORD. night to complete iton time. A distinctive feature of the new conveyors over the old style of the King manu- facture is that they work either from boat to dock, or vice versa. The car dumping machine is in great favor with ves- sel owners and is kept constantly busy. : Eleven boats, valued at $521,000 have been lost beyond recovery on the lakes by reason of accidents since the opening of navigation this year. The new P. Y. & A. coal chutes are now in working order, and the steamer Thomas Davidson was placed tinder them ‘Tuesday to take on a cargo of coal. She is the first boat to take on a full load. ri 0 0 BENTON HARBOR, MICH. spectal Correspondence to The Marine Recora. K. W. Heath, shipbuilder, is completing the new ex- cursion steamer Icelander he built for Geo. T. Arnold of Mackinaw Island. Her dimensions are 122 feet over all, 23 feet beams, 10 feet molded depth. Her engine is triple expansion, 11 and 18 and 29 by 18 stroké and Scotch type boiler 10 by 11 feet, both built by S. F. Hodge & Co., Detroit. The steamer has a small day cabin aft of the engine on the main deck finished in natural yellow pine and her cabin on the promenade deck is finished in quarter sawed oak. She is a well built steamer of handsome model and cost about $20,000. Mr. Heath is about to build a very handsome steam yacht for M. J. Steffens, photographer, Chicago. She is to be 80 feet over all, 14 feet beam, 8 feet molded depth, and she will be supplied with a triple expansion engine 6, 9 and 14 by 8 inches stroke, and a Warrington water tube boiler. She isto have a mahogany cabin, and wlll be fitted and furnished with all the latest im- provements including electric cooking apparatus and lights and a powerful search light. rr es i COLLINGWOOD, ONT. Spectal Correspondence to The Marine Record. The tugs Emma and Merrill are towing logs from Moon River to Watubon’s Channel. A. M. Dodge’s yacht Skylark has received her annual inspection and overhauling in dry dock. Capt. O’Don- nell isin command. . The hull of the steamer Manitou has been brought over from Owen Sound, and is for sale. ; The tug James Storey, Capt. H. Cleland, has received a new shoe. ; The old Corisande, at one time owned by the Parry Sound Lumber Co., and towed behind thé Lothair, has been overhauled and again fitted up as a schooner, be- ing engaged in the lumber trade. The tug Bob Foote, Capt. H. Saunders, has been get- ting a thorough recalking. The steamer Perley, burned at Arnprior recently, was valued at $15,000 and fully insured. A lighthouse will be built of Western Island this sea- son. . The little steamer Odessa, built here by McKinno Bros., is in the excursion trade at Midland, : Capt. Burnett, who formerly commanded the tug Min- nehaha, is now in charge of ,W. F. Thompson’s yacht Carleton. Depot Bay, the terminus of the Parry Sound R.R., is ‘on Parry Island, and three miles from Parry Sound. A station is to be built at Parry Harbor, but the elevator and yards will be at Depot Bay. Itis stated that the reason for not making the terminus at the town of Parry Sound is, that not enough level ground could be secured for the yards and shunting, etc., but that, as through traffic can only be carried on during the season of navigation, Parry Harbor will be the terminus for passengers during the winter, and that therefore Parry Sound has not reason to grumble so much about the railroad ending at Depot Bay. ep + oa FLOTSAM, JETSAM AND LAGAN. The dredge is excavating for the new east pier at Conneaut. The new boat built by Abram Smith & Son, of Algo- nac, Mich, was successfully launched on Wednesday. The tug Ralph, has been having her hull calked, her stern bearing lined up, repainting, and general over- hauling at Alpena. The new boat building by Alex. Anderson at Marine City for Farwell and others, of Detroit, is known as the George Welcome. : The Alpena Industrial Works have completed a fine’ engine for the steam yacht just finished by J. D. Mc Donald at Long Lake. Capt. William Rooney, in charge of the dredges and scows in Maumee Bay, was struck by a lever and per haps fatally hurt, last Thursday. The new Whitney boat to be built by F. W. Wheeler & Co., at W. Bay City, is to be 376 feet over all, and not 358, as noted last week. The latter is the keel meas- urement. The Gould and Reynolds have been taken off the Buf- falo route and sent to Lake Superior to load ore. ‘The Gault and Sage are now taking care of the Buffalo business. : kK The contract for dredging a channel in Peshtigo Harbor for the Michigan Car-ferry Transportation Co., has been awarded to the Brown Dredging Co., of Green Bay City. as C. J. Olson, of Marinette, has secured the contract to build the new life-saving stations at Plum Island and Bailey’s Harbor. The two form a $10,000 job, and must be finished by October 1. : The Port Dover, Ont., car ferry dock for the She- nango car ferries will be all ready for business in about three weeks. The boats, or at least one of them, will | be ready about that time. : Supt, G. A. Marr, of the Portage Lake Ship Canal, officially states that all vessels that can pass the Sault locks can pass both lower and upper Portage canals at — Portage Entry. Several sharp points have been cut off, rendering the channel much easier to pass through. ‘The bursting of the steam pipe on board the Christo- pher Columbus, whereby several men lost their lives, has been pronounced by the coroner, as well as the offi- cers of the steamboat inspection service as an unavoid- able accident, and the master and owners of the boat have been exonerated from all blame. - All doubt of the loss of the steam yacht Gitana and her crew of three men has been removed by the finding of her small boat and oars at Tibbitt’s Point Light- House, where the keeper had stored them in a barn. He said his boy picked them up, on his way from school, the same day the Gitana is supposed to have foundered. Herreshoffs, Bristol, R. I., will launch the Defender on Saturday. Valkyrie III, the new English: yacht, al- though she handles and sails well, will haveall her work cut out to best the Defender in the race for the America’s cup, but if she is successful and the cup crosses the At- lantic, it is generally believed that it will remain on that side for many years before being again recovered. In a recent issue of THe RecoRD an article about the new system of indicating different depths of water by the use of differing shades of color on the charts, was perhaps liable to misconstruction. In actual practice on the lake charts issued by the hydrographic office the water which shows the greatest discoloration is usually the shallowest; so on these charts the deepest shades of blue indicate the least depth, while the lighter shades are used to indicate greater and safer depths. . The American Transportation Co., of Fairport, will place a steam towing machine on the new steel schooner building to their order in Cleveland. Barge No. 58, building to the order of the Standard Oil Co., will also be given a steam towing machine. The Philadelphia & Reading R. R. Co., having given the machine a thorough trial, are so well pleased. with it that they write the manufacturers, the American Ship Windlass Co., Providence, R. I., that they will require two more of the machines between now and fall. From the forego- ing it is very evident that practical men approve of this patent steam towing machine, and it is certain to be widely adopted on the lakes where so much towing is being done. By July 15, the car ferries of the W. & M. R. R. will have gone into commission. The line this year will consist of two large car ferries which will be towed by a tug. They will run between Peshtigo Harbor: and Chicago, making four trips a week. Next season the line will be increased to four boats, and daily trips will be made. It is claimed that a great saving in time can be made by shipping freight over the route, as the boats land on the south side of Chicago, and the time usually consumed is getting freight cars through the city from the north side, which it is said requires from two to seven days, will be saved. The run can easily be made in 30 hours. ED + oe THE Hydrographic Office, Navy Department has just issued the July Pilot Chart of the N. Pacific Ocean. All possible information from the equator up to 70° N. lati- tude is given on the chart and it is otherwise fully up to the excellent standard maintained by the hydrographic branch of the Navy Department and compares favora- bly with the world renowned monthly Pilot Chart of the N. Atlantic. It can also be said that the lake charts, pilot, general and local issued by the hydrograhpic office are finer and better delineations in every way than has ever been published before. :

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