Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), July 11, 1895, p. 4

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NEWS AROUND THE LAKES. CHICAGO, ILL. Special Correspondente to The Marine Record. . The Michigat’ Wreeking Co., of Detroit, will proceed to raise the schooner John. oh a percentage of her value when raised. 9 Hin The Buffalo police patrol steam yacht “Australasia,”’ which left the builder’s dock July 3, encountered last Sunday’s storm on Lake Huron, putting into Oscoda for refuge. If any proof of her seaworthiness were neces- sary, the splendid manner in which she rode out the heavy storm, was conclusive. Her dimensions are 50 feet 9 inches over all, 10 feet 6 inches (outside of plank- ing) molded depth, 4 feet 4 inches, draft 3 feet 6 inches. Her triple expansion condensing engine is 4% 7 and 12, by 8 inches stroke, and boiler pressure 165 tbs. The Marine Iron Works, Chicago, have a duplicate of the “Australasia ’’? in process of construction. A table prepared by the Chicago Board of Trade shows the total amount of grain stored in the combined cities of Chicago, Duluth, Milwaukee, Detroit, Toledo and Buffalo to be 27,820,000 bushels of wheat and 5,499,- 000 bushels of corn. ’ At Miller Bros.’ shipyard the tug John Torrent was in dock to have a leak stopped and repairs to her stern bearing; the tug M. Shields for some new bottom plank- ing and re-calking; the steam yacht Volante for some work on her condenser, and the steamer H. W. Williams for repairs to stern bearing and stuffing box. The steamer P. J. Ralph, Capt. Henry Leisk, is un- loading a cargo of the best grade black horse coal at the O. S. Richardson Fueling Co.’s Market street dock. “Phe steamer Annie Laura is being fitted out by Capt. W. B. Hudson for O. S. Richardson, her new owner. Capt. Hudson will command her. Palmer, Cook & Calbick chartered the steamer White & Friant and her consort the Lizzie A. Law for corn to Port Huron at 1 cent. Carr & Blair chartered. the steamer Edward Smith No. 2.and consorts Marvin, Filmore and R. lL. Fryer for corn to Port Huron at 1 cent; the schooner James G. Blaine for oats to Port Huron at 1 cent, the steamer Langell Boys and consort Comstock for corn to Port Huron at 1 cent. The schooner Sunrise was sold last week by William T, Farwell of Chicago, to Henry Scheele, Jr., of She- boygan, Wis., for the consideration of $6,000. ‘The schooner Seaman, owned by Mr. Scheele, was taken by Mr. Farwellas part pay at $3,000 of the purchase money. Capt. Duncan Buchanan will command the Sunrise which is now one of the best schooners on the lakes. She will carry 30,000 bushels of corn or 550,000 feet of lumber. She received new gear and a new suit of can- vas this spring and isin very good condition and we wish her owner and master lots of good luck with her. William T. Farwell sold the schooner Seaman to Capt. A. Schuenemann, of Chicago, in exchange for about $3,000 worth of real estate. The government dredge Farquahr, which has been working at Holland, commenced work Tuesday morn- ing dredging the bar which has formed in the channel at the entrance of St. Joseph. Two years ago the steamer Ida f. ran into the north pier and broke nearly 100 feet out. It was temporarily repaired, but the large holes which were left allowed much sand to wash into the channel, until the bar extends nearly half-way across the river. The dredge Saginaw has been taken to Michigan City where it will work the remainder of the year. rr ne ee BUFFALO, N. Y. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, The Wilkenson elevator did not begin operations for this season until last Friday morning, when she took- 100,500 bushels of wheat-from the EK. C. Pope. The new police boat Australia, which has arrived from Chicago, was the last but one of the line-of steam ‘launches which plied in the World’s Fair waters two years ago, the line which caused the failure of Charles P. Willard &Co., of Chicago. Capt. James Galvin, who was appointed her pilot has declined the position, pre- ferring to remain with the Mills Dry-Dock. Capt. Henry Warwick, recently in the Ogarita, has been appointed to the post. Engineer George Sutton and fireman Thos. Boyle were frightfully scalded last Wednesday evening by the crown sheet of the boiler of the tug William Stevens blowing out. The Stevens was acting as tender to Hingston & Wood’s dredge, at workin the main chan- nel of Niagara River. Sutton died the following day. He leaves a widow. Surveyors Rice and Gaskin have decided that the burned steamer Runnells is so badly burned aft that a re-build is necessary, but forward she is allright. The repairs, however, are very difficult and will cost in the neighborhood of $20,000. he loss on the steamer Linden, which went ashore with her first cargo several weeks ago, is estimated by the surveyors at $10,380. ' Dan H. Wilcox, formerly with the Anchor Line, and later with the Western Transit Co., has formed a part- nership with E. T. Hitchcock, the insurance adjuster, and they will conduct an insurance and vessel broker- age business under the name of Hitchcock & Wilcox. Both are well known in marine circles and will un- doubtedly be successful from the start. THE MARINE RECORD. eee eee ee A Canadian dredge is removing some loose stone from the Niagara’s dock at Fort Erie. The new gas buoy may be placed on Horseshoe Reef. The excursion boats will be benefitted by this, as well as the large freighters. The excursion steamers frequently try to run inside the reef and some have come to grief there. r The dispatch sent broadcast by the Lake Marine News Association that Capt. Frank Williams, formerly ‘of the Western line, had been given command of the Maruba, is denied at Cleveland where the boat is owned. Capt. Hoffman is still in command. D. Fraser, shore engineer of the Northern Steamship Co, is preparing for a series of tests on the big steamers North West and North Land with a view to securing accurate data regarding speed, engine and boiler per- formance, etc., under various conditions. He will prob- ably be assisted in the work by George C. Shepard, of Cleveland, who I learn is quite a figurer. Capt. E. B. Petrie thinks of looking up the iron steamer Brunswick, which was sunk off Dunkirk in 1880 by collision with the schooner Carlingford, The Curtis tow made the round trip between Buffalo and Marinette in 10 days and 20 hours. The tow loaded lumber at Marinette and arrived here Sunday. The Curtis with her three barges, has made five trips in 60 days. The boat that David Bell has been building for the Lehigh Valley was launched the other day. She went pretty deep into the mud but was pulled out all right, and promises to be a very tidy little craft. The marine insurance men are beginning to feel “pretty well, I thank you’’ again, as June has given them time to do something else beside pay losses. June disasters were very few in number and not very serious. The barge American Giant came in from Long Point Sunday, with the machinery of the steamer Newburgh, which was wrecked there two or three years ago. The steamer George King struck bottom while “‘r$unding the horn” in Buffalo creek Saturday even- ing. She is now in the Mills dry dock for repairs to her forefoot, which was partly torn away. The steamer Neosho is in the Union dry dock. The Norseman is also getting general repairs there. The new owner of the Periwinkle has a force of men busy overhauling the boat, and she promises to be in first-class condition in every respect before she leaves Buffalo. The harbor and canal committee of the Merchants’ Exchange met Tuesday afternoon to discuss and take action on the sea wall strip question. Mayor Jewett and several property owners were present and partici- pated. Five members from the, wharves and harbor committee of the Council also.attended. Capt. M. M. Drake presented and explained plans for a proposed dock at the foot of Porter avenue and Jersey, street. The plan as outlined provides for dockage sufficient for 12 steamers, and makes provision for street car service, with a large pavilion on the dock for shelter. He did not favor the city building the docks. Mayor Jewett does not think much of the sea wall proposition, but seems to favor heartily the proposition to build docks on this site. : rr 0 0 DETROIT, MICH. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. The steambarge Lily, tug Minnie and scow F. X., have been getting general repairs in the upper dry dock. Robert Wallace, of this city, has been awarded the contract, at $9,200, for the construction of the Round Island light station. Horn Bros. have bought the tug. Arthur Jones, which has been engaged at Menominee Harbor this season, and have brought her to Detroit. The Star-Cole Line has issued an interesting book of 88 pages, devoted to describing and illustrating scenes on the St. Clair Flats and River. Traffic Manager C: F. Bielman has a supply on hand, which he will send to any address. The John J. Long has been having her boiler over- hauled at the Riverside Iron Works. ; The seven captains in the employ of the Detroit, Belle Isle & Windsor Co. have been on Detroit River ferries, in one capacity or another, 21 years on the average. The oldest of them all, James Foster, of the Victoria, began 30 years ago; Michael McCune, of the Garland, tried it first 28 years ago; George Shanks, of the Pleas- ure, has been in the business 22 years; John Carey, of the Sappho, 20 years; George Horn, of the Fortune, 19 years; John Wilkinson, of the Promise, 18 years; John Foster, of the Excelsior, 12 years. Mrs. Robert Kernahan, wife of the steward of the Darius Cole, died at Grace Hospital Saturday and was buried Sunday at Marine City. Many Detroit friends attended the funeral. The lighthouse board has awarded a contract for lum- ber for the fog signal station at South Fox, Mich., light station to the J. P. Scranton Lumber Co., of this city, at their bid of $546. : The fishing tug Grayling was seized by Deputy Mar- shal Campau at Wyandotte, Monday night at the in- stance of the Wyandotte Boat Co. for a bill of $479 for repairs and material furnished. The steamer Melbourne leaves Windsor Friday night for Toronto and Montreal, past the Thousand Islands, to which the Merchants line is making special rates. CLEVELAND. O. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. It is probable that in the near future passengers on the Detroit & Cleveland line steamers will be spared the necessity of the tedious climb up Superior street hill. A project is on foot to make a construction from the’ viaduct to its building, in which two elevators will run, giving people access to the docks without going down Superior street hill or climbing it again after landing. General Agent McIntyre states that the bridge, if everything can be arranged, will be about 78 feet long and 25 feet wide. : The D. & C. Line steamer City of the Straits, now regularly in the Put-in-Bay trade, gives three moon- light excursions out of this port each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. It is becoming quite too frequent an occurrence for men to be killed or crippled at the ore docks. On Mon- day Matthew Manning, a worker at the docks, was struck on the head by an ore bucket and very seriously injured, he was at once taken to the hospital. A fine excursion out of this port is to London-and Port Stanley, Ont., nearly directly across the lake. The steamer I. W. Nicholas, Capt. Wm. Gerlach, ran into the dock at Brie Monday. The vessel was not damaged, but the engineer, to whose mistake the acci- dent was due, was peremptorily discharged. Mr. Luther Allen, late president of the Chamber of Commerce and treasurer of the Globe Iron Works Co., is spending a short vacation on the New England coast. The new revenue cutter, the construction of which has been placed with the Globe Iron Works Co., is to be named the Walter Q. Gresham, The steamer Waldo Avery, rebuilt at Bay City, will be re-christened the Phoenix. She will be managed by the Phoenix Transportation Co., consisting of J. J. Rar- - don and others of Chicago. The Post Boy will take no more excursions to Oak Point, as her license does not permit her to run more than 30 miles from Cleveland. Complaints are made of the low stage of water at Lorain, vessels, it appears, are grounding there regu- larly. The C. & B. Line will give an excursion on Sunday to Beach Park at Lorain, leaving here at9 a.m. and re- turning at6 p.m. The route covers 60 miles along the south shore of the lake. Capt. John Rice, of Buffalo, representing the under- writers, and Capt. C. EK. Benham, for the owners, held a survey on the capsized steamer St. Magnus, at the Cleveland dry dock on Tuesday. They were tnable to agree on some matters, and Capt. McLeod was called in asa third party. The loss on the hull was agreed upon but the figures,showing the loss on the machinery and outfit will not be made up until the machinery is exam- ined by a master mechanic and his figures submitted to the surveyors. ‘The loss on the vessel comprises a con- structive total loss. A meeting of representatives of the owners and underwriters will be held, when it will be decided what will be done with the vessel concerning the underwriters’ interests. The small steamer Alpha built for the Cleveland Steel Canal Boat Co,was launched from the yards of the Globe IronWorks Co., on Saturday afternoon. The little steamer is only 90 feet keel, 18 feet beamand 10 feet depth of hold. She will be ready for business in two weeks and a couple of barges will be launched at about that time. The Alpha will tow two of the boats on Lake Erie, tugs will tow three others belonging tothe company. Inthe Erie canal the Alpha will tow the en- tire fleet to New York and back. The new canal com- pany are confident that the venture will be a successful one. They will carry grain down principally and bring back merchandise. Last spring a similar tow of boats was put in service between Hrie and New York, and it proved a profitable enterprise and this Cleveland deal is also certain of doing. i _ The United States engineers at work this week exam- ing the bottom of the breakwater basin, have found the submerged wreck, which the Say When is stipposed to have struck. It lies but two feet under water and close to the harbor line, which extends about 450 feet from the end of the west vier. As the wreck lies mostly within the part of the basin under city control, it will not be removed by the government. rr ar DULUTH, MINN. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Capt. W. H. Singer has purchased from the Louds, of Oscoda, the tug Excelsior and she has been placedin his new line, Capt. Edward England, of the Inman tug Record resigning to take command of her. The Excel- sior was builtin Buffalo in 1892, and has done consider- able towing on Lake Erie. She is 83 feet in length, 19 feet,beam and 10 feet hold, has a 24 by 28 engine, and carries 145 pounds of steam. The tug Fisk is to be brought here and placed in the service of the Singer line. : The first shipments of Mahoning ore began this week. Superintendent Agnew ‘‘surmises’”’ that this season’s shipments will reach 150,000 tons, but the total will probably be much larger. This ore comes in over the Duluth and Winnipeg railroad, and is loaded on boats at Allouez Bay. The proprietors of the mine are inter- ested in Mahoning Valley (Ohio) furnaces, and can send down their ore as rapidly as they like. The Standard Ore Co. has transferred its entire in- terest in the leases of the Cincinnati and Hale mines to

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