Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), July 11, 1895, p. 5

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the Minnesota Ore Co., which also holds an option from the feeholders. The amount paid for the leases is stated to be $55,000. Shipping from the Cincinnati mine will begin at an early date. Friday night fire broke out in the storage house of the Western Transit Co., on Lake avenue. The building was occupied by Eckert, Williams & Co. and J. J. Hart- ley & Co. Both firms were burned completely out. The fire started in the stables of Eckert, Williams & Co. and spread the whole length of the building, destroying their stock of general commission, consisting of feed, grain, fruits and a cargo of flour worth $37,000, which had just been stored there. The loss on building and stock is said to be $100,000. The most of the goods were insured. A report sent out from Washington that itis known that the Lake Superior-Mississippi River canal scheme is to be reported on favorably is classed as a fake by Maj. Sears, the government engineer of the Duluth dis- trict. Heis in charge of the survey, which is now in progress, and says nointimation of what the character of the report will be has been or can be madeto any- body. The survey is not completed, and until it is he does not know himself what his report will be. —_ rr + or PORT HURON, MICH. Spectal Correspondence to The Marine Record, The schooner Fanny Campbell (Br) has been fitted out at Sarnia by her owners, Messrs. Rielly & Buckley, and will engage in the pulp wood trade. The levelof Lake Huron is rising again, the water in St. Clair River being about three inches higher than a month ago. The steamer Mary, which plies between Port Huron and Algonac, is doing a brisk side trade this season in setting people ashore from the big boats bound up and down the river, and in placing them aboard. After making one trip the scow George Irving has been laid up to await more profitable freights. Dry-dock work is very quiet here just now. C. D. Thompson has brought suit against MacDonald & Rardon, of Chicago, for $15,000 on policies given by companies for which they are agents. Coming up the river on Thursday evening the steamers Mary and Cole had a trial of speed, though the trip could in nO sense have been regarded as a race. ‘The Cole was leaving Marine City when the Mary arrived, and at St. Clair the Cole was half way to Somerville when the Mary left her dock. The Mary made the stop at Marysville, but the Cole did not. The steamers reached the foot of Court street ‘*neck and neck.” George Shingler, better known as ‘“*Capt. Bob’”’ Shingler among sailor men is wanted in Port Huron at once. His sister Martha died two weeks ago. Wire or write at once to Thomas B. Sovereign, Port Huron. EEE OS SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Capt. David Tate entered upon his contract of taking care of the buoys on St. Mary’s River Monday. ‘To the News Capt. Tate said that he inspected them all this week. Capt. Tate will give his entire attention to the performance of the duties of his office, and he says the marine interests will have no further reason for com- plaint if keeping the buoys in their right places will avoid it. Heasks the co-operation of vesselmen, and any complaint left at the canal office will have prompt attention. Thos. Hickler’s big dredge is taking out pieces of rock weighing many tons at the Encampment. It is an in- teresting sight. Divers have been at work all week cleaning debris away from the miter sill at the lock. j Martin Lynch’s contract for laying fhe floor on the new lock has been completed. Dunbar & Sullivan have laid the keel for another large steel scow. Dunbar & Sullivan’s new steel dump scow, which they recently launched, is the first of her kind on the lakes, and cost $10,000. Her dimensions are 162 feet in length, 25in beam, and 11 feet depth. The scow has éight pockets with an aggregate capacity of 400 yards. She is now on her way to Montreal, where she will be used in a dredging contract on the Lochine canal. It is now stated that the Canadian canal may be opened by Angust 1. Gen. Craighill, the new chief of engineers, U.S. A., vice Gen. Casey, retired, is expected here within a few days to inspect the new Sault locks, Hay Lake Channel improvement, and other government work. re 2 ee DULUTH AND SUPERIOR. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Owing to the arrival of a large fleet of coal boats at the northwestern docks.early this week, more than 250 men are busily at work. This number will not be re- duced until toward the close of navigation. Capt. D. Atkins, of Buffalo, one of the pioneer navi- gators of Buffalo and the, first steamboat agent at Duluth was in -the city this week. Capt. Atkins was aboard the propeller Independence, Lake Superior’s first steamboat, on her first trip up the lake in 1846, nine years before the Sault canal was constructed. Capt. Melcolm McKachren, who sailed the Iron Range Tug Ella G. Stone for several years, has signed a con- tract with the Inman line. THE MARINE RECORD. The /ron News predicts that two harbors ore shipments will reach 2,000,000 tons this season. The Mahoning mine, on the Mesaba range began lake shipments late last week over the Allouez Bay dock, which has not been in use for 2 years. Seventy-five to 100 cars a day dre being shipped. June was a, pretty light month for grain and flour ship- ments. ‘Wheat shows the greatest falling off. Last month the shipments aggregatee 1,154,727 bushels, while a year ago they were 3,068,046 bushels for the same month. Flour shipments for the month were 846.674 barrels as compared with 930,204 a year ago. As soon as orders are secured from the court, arrange- ments will be made for constructing the Duluth and Winnepeg merchandise dock on Allouez bay. As the road is in the hands of a receiver it is necessary to secure an order from the court before money can be spent in im- provements. Supt. Ketchem says the is needed and will be built as soon as possible. Gon 8 rE a ASHTABULA HARBOR, O. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Capt. Fred. Elliott, of the tug Marion, was quietly married last week to Miss Florence, daughter of Daniel Curtiss. June receipts of ore were 403,022 tons, and coal ship- ments 120,474 tons. Two bridges of the new King portable conveying ma- chines are completed and in working order. The two remaining bridges are being constructed very fast, so that in a very short time these machines will be ready. They differ somewhat from the other King machines in use on the same docks, by having cantilevers that will convey ore to stock piles and thus great labor and ex- pense can be saved in transferring. It has leaked out that Capt. Alexander McFarland, of the steamer Matoa, was married at this port on his last trip here. The Matoa left Saturday evening with the bridal party on board. The lady was Mrs. Lizzie Mc- Laren, of Cleveland. Capt. McFarland has many friends who wish him and his bride happiness and prosperity. The former is certain and we can but hope for the latter although it is sure to come. —_—_—EEEE ee —e _ TOLEDO, O. Special Correspondence to The Marine Recora, Harbormaster Skeldon has rebuilt the wharf at the foot of Monroe street, and it is the best wooden wharf in the city. Six inches have been left between the timbers in front that there may bé free circulation of air, which will prevent the wood from decaying. The wharf is braced with cross ties dovetailed. Every eight feet there is a string of ties. The back walls are set on heavy piles. McNally & Davis’ pile driver is at work deepening the water at Craig’s shipyard in order to make plenty of water for launching one of the big ferry boats being built there. The dry dock is also being made ready. Coal traffic here continues very brisk, and a great deal of night work is being done to get vessels loaded with coal. : : Mate Wallace King, of the steamer Dove, distinguished himself Sunday by rescuing a man who had fallen into the Maumee: noticed that there are now a great many peanut shells around the mate’s quarters, and they are not always the masculine gender either. Coon & Churchill, the grain commission merchants, have bought 3% acres of ground on the river, and will erect an immense grain elevator. ==> -¢ <a> 9 ep : BAY CITY, MICH. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, The 400 foot steamer building at Wheeler & Co.’s yard for the Eddy-Shaw Co., of Detroit, will be launched about August 1. The revenue steamer Fessenden has libeled the schooner Garibaldi, at Alpena, for failing to renew her license. The lumber shippers have been holding meetings. They have some grievances against the railroads which may divert more of the lumber traffic to the water routes. In an extra devoted to the discussion of West Bay City’s leading industries, the Bay City TZ7dune, on the 3d inst., made extensive mention of the Wheeler and Davidson yards, as well as of the sail loft of C. J. Barnett. DD ee —eE CASUALTIES. The small schoomer Viking left Muskegon on Mon- day morning with a crew of four men for a trip to Petoskey. They had not got fairly on their trip, when they encountered a stiff breeze from the northwest which developed into a gale by the time darkness set in. Shortly after dark they lost their rudder and about 10 o’clock the boat was driven ashore just off the Park pavilion, and cries of the men were heard by people assembled there. "The Muskegon life-saving crew were soon in action and after several heroic attempts finally succeeded in landing the wrecked crew, who were in an exhausted condition. The vessel went to pieces shortly after the crew were taken off. The man was a peanut peddler, and it is’ 5 $e eee eee At Charlevoix, the Naiad was towed into the harbor on Tuesday night. Her captain reports that Andrew Mattson, the mate, who lived. at Chicago, and Chris Abramson, a sailor, were carried overboard when the squall struck the schooner and were drowned. ‘The two men were out on the bowsprit taking in sail when the squall struck the boat, and when the masts and bow- sprit were torn away they were carried with them. During the squalls on Sunday the small schooner Ida May Brown, of Charlevoix, was sighted north of Michi-: gan‘city, in distress. ‘The life-saving crew put out. to her, and found she was loaded with gravel and water- logged, the seas washing over her and filling the vessel through the cabin windows. The crew was rescued, but did not have time to save anything, as the schooner capsized within ten minutes after they were taken off. The crew consisted of Capt. John Devolt, of Charlevoix; Jud Cody, of Hersey, and William Nelson, of Benton Harbor. and became a total loss. FLOTSAM, JETSAM AND LAGAN. W.T.Sutherland is master of the steam barge Superior. The water in Toronto Bay is reported 25 inches lower than last year. Patrick McTigue has bought the schooner Reindeer from Nelson Blair for $1,100. Capt. Rowan has resigned from the Codorus and Capt. Dell Ryder now commands her. The new revenue steamer for the New England coast will be named the Daniel Manning. Capitalists are wanted to interest themselves in a ‘steamer line between Holland and Milwaukee. The Pintsch gas buoy off Erie was first lighted Sunday night. It was seen distinctly nine miles distant. Racine hasa tug war. The Racine Dredge Co. has bought the tug Waubun, and that boat and the Gillen have had several lively races out in the lake for tows. It is estimated that Milwaukee has $5,000,000 invested in floating property and about the same amount in docks warehouses, elevators, and other methods for, handling lake commerce. t ote Arrangements have been completed for the construc- tion of a deep water harbor at Pransas Pass., Tex. The contract calls for 20 feet of water over the bar by January 22, Search for the lost tug W. R. Crowell, which foun- dered while going to the relief of the stranded steamer Wheeler, near St. Joseph, Mich., about ten years ago, has been given up. The Crowell was worth $15,000 and was not insured. The U. S. S. Michigan has been ordered from Detroit to Mackinaw to investigate reports of obstructions in the Straits and to continue the survey of the channels under direction of the Navy Department. This is in line with the Hydrographic Office on the lakes. rr eo AMPLITUDES. The following approximate amplitudes of the sun’s rising will be given each week in this column during the season of navigation. A second bearing of the sun may be taken at sunset by reversing the bearings to read west instead of east, as for example, N. FE. by KE. for a sunrise bearing would read N. W. by W. for a sun- set, or EK. 30° N. to W. 30° N. LAKE ERIK AND ’S. END LAKE MICHIGAN, LAT, 42° N. | Sunrise. Bearing (degrees). Bearing (points). Fuly 12. ee B. 30° N. NE. by B..Y E. Titi WD ee eee EK. 29° N NE. by EK. % BE. LAKE ONTARIO, S. END HURON AND CENTER LAKE MICH- IGAN, LAT. 44° Nn. Sunrise. Bearing (degrees). Bearing (points). Stl yO ee KR. 31° N. NE. by E. \% E. July VO ace eee E. 30° N NE. by E. % E. N. END LAKES HURON AND MICHIGAN, LAT. 46° N. Sunrise. Bearing (degrees). Bearing (points). July 12. Soe ete KE. 33° N. NE. by E. %E. July 19), AS ae a EK. 31° N. NE. by E. 4 E. LAKE SUPERIOR, LAT. 48° N. Sunrise. Bearing (degrees). Bearing (points). aly Ae eee ae E. 34° N. NE. by E. Dilys ee EK. 32° N. NE. by E. % E. With a compass correct magnetic, the difference be- tween the observed and true bearing will be the varia- tion for the locality. If there is any deviation on the course the vessel is heading at the time of taking the bearing, the result after the variation is applied will be the amount of deviation on that course. The boat pounded to pieces in the breakers AR

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