Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), July 4, 1895, p. 4

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4 THE MARINE RECORD. EES SLES EE Soe ce NEWS AROUND THE LAKES. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Capt. Inman, of the Inman Tug Line, at Duluth, was in Chicago Tuesday. There is no grain being carried from this port by steamers otttside of the line boats. George Warrington’s steam yacht Buena left for Mil- waukee with a large party of his friends to attend the _ regatta. A fine fleet of steam and sail yachts have left here during the last few days for Milwaukee to attend the regatta to be held there on the 4th. The Dunham Towing and Wrecking Co.’s expedition, which went in search of their tug W.R. Crowell, which foundered off Michigan City in the fall of 1893 when going to the wreck of the steamer F. W. Wheeler, returned Monday morning after making a thorough -search, but without success. At Miller Brothers’ ship yard the steam barge H. A. Root was in dock for repairs to shoe and some calking. The schooner yacht Toxteth was in for a general over- hauling and bottom cleaning and painting, being fitted out by her new owner, O. S. Richardson. J.B. Bates & Co., ship builders, made considerable repairs to the stern of the steamer Mark Hopkins. They put some new stanchions, bulwarks and sail on the steamer C. A. Street; recalked the deck of the barge Tuxbury, and gave the schooner Guido a new jibboom. The new boiler connection pipe was fitted into the Christopher Columbus last Thursday. She had contin- ued on her route, using only part of her boiler capacity until repaired. The explosion was being investigated this week by supervising inspector Galway. The first of the Standard Co.’s new oil tank barges came in from Superior last Saturday in tow of the A. D. Thomson. It is proposed to lay a pipe line to extend from the refinery at Whiting, Ind., 1,500 feet out from shore, and to load the boats by means of this, but only 300 feet of it has been finished. i L,. C. Wachsmuth, of this city, has bought the steam yacht Sentinel in New York, and is bringing her to the lakes via. the St. Lawrence. The Sentinel was built at Brooklyn in 1883, and is 102% feet long between perpen- diculars, by 19 feet beam, and 7 feet depth. Her gross tonnage is 74.58, and her net 47.64. When the Pewaukee was lying in the river here last week she was boarded by four river pirates about 6:30 o’clock in the evening. ’ Fred Mann, the cook, saw the fellows on deck and made them drop a lot of clothing they had gathered. They then leaped to the wharf and escaped. It was afterward found that they had stolen a pair of fine glasses valued at $30 belonging to Capt. Christofsen. The U.S District Court last Thursday exonerated the steamer City of Naples from all blame in the collision with the schooner City of Sheboygan in the great storm ‘of April 19, 1893. The court held that the accident was unavoidable, and that if any one were at fault, it lay with the schooner in taking a position directly in the lea of the Naples in such a storm. The accident was caused by lines parting. Thecosts of the case were assesssed on the libelant, who had sued for $7,340. The launch of the steamer Victory, the first to be launched of the three colossal steel steamers built, was successfully placed in the water last Saturday afternoon at 3:50 o’clock, Miss Bertha Belden performing the christening ceremony. She will come out in about three weeks in command of Capt. George B. Mallory, who was on board when she went down the ways. There are some rather new points in the Victory’s accommoda- tions. The quarters for the crew will be below deck, instead of in dec. houses, as has been usual. This will leave a vast expanse of deck, broken only by the two masts, smokestack and pilot house. Even the top-gall lant forecastle, so common to ships all over the world will be left off. The texas will contain the captain’s quarters, and will be surmounted by the pilot house and bridge. : The steel steamer Victory was launched atthe ship yards of the Chicago Shipbuilding Co. at S. Chicago, Saturday. The launch was under the supervision of manager W. I. Babcock and the honor of christening the new steamer was gracefully performed by Miss Bertha Belden. The victory was built for the Interladen Steamship Co.. and is the largest steamer afloat on the lakes. Her dimensions are 400 feet over all, 380 feet keel, 48 feet beam, 28 feet molded depth. Her triple expan- sion engine will develop 1,600 horse power, which will be supplied with steam from Scotch type boilers. She will caary 4,000 tons of coarse freight at the present stage of water in the lakes and 6,000 tons when the twenty foot channel is completed. The launch was witnessed by a vast concourse of people numbering several thousands. The Revenue Cutter Calumet and the steamers Chief Justice Waite, Claribell and Macatawa were present with visitors from Chicago. The committee appointed to arrange a programme for the International Waterways Convention to be held in Cleveland in September have completed their work. Seven important topics relating to the subject will be discussed by men of prominence who are acknowledged to be thoroughly familiar with their subjects. Chicago has little to do outside of the flood of iron ore pouring into South Chicago, with this season’s boom in lake business. Never since boats traded on the lakes has the local traffic of Lake Michigan been at a lower ebb than this season. The libeling of the steamer E. E. Thompson, Saturday, for a coal billamounting to $4,000 is the best evidence of hard times in the lumber trade. Lumber is being brought from Menominee at 25 cents lower now than ever before, and many lumber schoon- ers and steam barges are laying up rather than continue in that trade. On the other hand, the outlook for the big carriers is improving week by week, and the best season for several years seems to be ahead of boats en- gaged in the iron ore and coaltrades. Predictions of $1 on ore from the head of Lake Superior and of 60 cents on hard coal from Buffalo to Chicago, are freely made by vesselmen for midsummer. Grain from Chicago will scarcely fill out the line boats for the rest of July. Ship- ments for the week were: Buffalo, flour, 9,847 barrels; wheat, 50,000 bushels; corn, 877,200 bushels; oats, 313,- 099 bushels. Ogdensburg, corn, 80,000 bushels; oats, 121,- 600 bushels. Erie, flour, 1,620 barrels. Kingston, corn, 45,000 bushels. ‘Toledo, wheat, 127,000 bushels. Mil- waukee, wheat, 24,985 bushels. Port Huron, oats, 38,- 000 bushels. ‘Totals, flour, 11,467 barrels; wheat, 201,- 985 bushels; corn, 1,002,200 bushels; oats, 472,697 bushels. 6 ep CLEVELAND. O. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. The steamer Grecian was docked at the Ship Owners’ dry dock on Tuesday and it was found that four plates were damaged through her running on a boulder in Ashtabula Harbor. Two of the plates can be re-rolled and put back, but the other two will have to be renewed. It is expected that she can come out of dock by Wednes- day night. At the yards of the Cleveland Ship Building Co. I find the new Rhodes steamer well advanced. Manager James Wallace is keeping work keyed up to the highest pitch and the new ship will certainly be launched on contract time. Work is brisk at the yards of the Globe Iron Works Co. and a large number of skilled shipbuilders are now employed there. The large steel schooner building for the American ‘Transportation Co. of Fairport, O., will be launched in a few days and the fleet of canal boat will be dropped in the water regularly about one a week thereafter. The plans for the new Menominee Line steamer to replace the Norman shows even larger dimensions than I mentioned a week ago, 435 feet over all is now talked of. and this would give her about 415 feet keel and on lines calculated tocarry a full 5,000 tons on 17% feet draft. The steamer Oregon came out of the Vessel Owners’ dock on Saturday with a new main deck frame and gen- eral repairs, and went to Erie to load coal, her first cargo for the season. The Fourth of July being a national holiday will cause more or less detention to shipping at this port, as no loading or discharging will be carried on from Wednesday until Friday. The coal and ore docks are to shut down close. The U. S. S. Michigan has got through her survey of the harbor this week and left for the islands at the west end of the lake. The navy department are actively at work this season on the lakes and more will be done for lake seamen and the general commerce in the way of getting out navigational particulars than ever before. After a considerable effort on the part of the firm ee having the contract to right the steamer St. Magnus which has been laying on her beam ends at the mouth of the river for nearly a month, she was got upright on Monday. Of course she is a good deal more damaged than was anticipated and will require almost a rebuild to put her where she was before capsizing. It is a won- der that she was not run into a dozen times by incom- ing steamers while obstructing the approach to this port. The Put-in-Bay steamer City of the Straits, of the D. & C. Line, is to be fitted with a calliope like the South- ern river steamers, probably the circus parades at this port induced Manager McIntyre to add this equipment to his well and favorably known excursion steamer. DETROIT, MICH. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. The negotiations between Crockett McElroy and the owners of the City of Toledo for the charter of that _steamer for the river trade, has been declared off. ‘ The tug McCormick got a new wheel at Oades’ this week. Before the opening of navigation in 1896, Detroit River for its entire length will be marked by ranges. The two beacons near Ecorse, above Grassy Island, are nearly finished, and the light-house people will put in lenses and begin lighting them as soon as possible. Capt. Singer, of Duluth, is looking for some new tugs to add to his fleet at the head of the lakes. The Canadian Pacific Clyde-built steamer Alberta left Windsor at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon on her first trip on the route between Windsor and Port Arthur. The Alberta is 270 feet long by 28 feet beam, and has fore and aft compound engines. Capt. James McAllister isin command, with J. Pyette mate, A. Brown second mate, A. Cameron chief engineer, J. Donaldson second engineer, J. Brown steward and J. Line purser. She carried a crew of 50. L. P. & J. A. Smith hope to finish their dredging con- tract below Bar Point this fall, but there is still a good deal of work to be done. A shoal is forming about 1,000 feet from shore, and extends up and down the river for along distance. It is barely shallow enough to make its presence felt, but it is developing rapidly until it promises to rival, as an obstruction, the famous middle ground between Port Huron and Sarnia. Boats are already beginning to fetch up there. Active preparations have begun on the work of wid- ening and dredging the River Rouge. Mr. A.J. Du- pius will do the work under the supervision of Maj. Gy. J. Lydecker, Corps of Engineers, U.S. A. The river will be dredged and widened 500 feet. The marsh land will be filled up and good high land made of it. A little farther up the river a channel will be cut and dredged to a depth of 12 feet for a length of 300 feet. At this point the dock of the new Detroit Salt Works will be . constructed. The new postal service on the river works admirably, and is highly appreciated by the vessel men. The tug Harley, owned by Mills, of Port Huron, | struck Shipman’s dock at Amherstburg, Sunday, while towing the new barge W. M. Comstock down the river, and was badly damaged. She was with difficulty kept from sinking, and was then seized by the Canadian authorities on the charge of coasting on the St. Clair River. Ashley & Dustin put four three months-old homing pigeons of their own breeding on the steamer Kirby yes- terday morning. The steamer was to stop at Malden, and it was thought she might have some trouble with her clearance papers. All four birds flew into the loft at 11 o’clock, bearing the information that the Kirby had cleared from that port at 9:48 with 300 passengers and that no trouble was had withthe papers. It is estimated that they flew at a 40-mile clip. rrr ee DULUTH AND SUPERIOR. Special Correspondence to The Marine Recora, Commander Mead, of the light-house service, is ex- pected to soon file a report on the necessities of buoys in the St. Louis River up to New Duluth. One of Williams, Daugherty & Upham’s dredges is making extensive additions to the Richards & Poole dock at New Duluth. Thomas Wilson, a deck hand on the City of London, fellinto the water at the Mesaba dock Sunday night, and was drowned. He shipped at Chicago, ie b= a Fe .

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