Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), August 1, 1895, p. 3

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5*. $2.00 PER YEAR. ESTABLISHED 1878. EN C-E- 10c. SINGLE COPY. VOL. XVIII. CLEVELAND, OHIO, AUGUST 1, 1895. NO. 31 Lake Carriers’ ASSOCIATION. To consider and take action upon all general questions relating to the navigation and carrying business of the Great Lakes, maintain necessary shipping offices and in general to protect the common interest of Lake Car- riers, and im‘ rove the character of the service rendered to the public. PRESIDENT. WiLLtaM LivinGsTonE, - Detroit, Mich. SECRETARY. Cuartes H. Kesp, 9+ . = Buffalo, N,Y. TREASURER, GrorcE P. McKay, - . Cleveland, O. COUNSEL. Harvey D. Gouprr, - Cleveland, O: VICE PRESIDENTS. J. C..Grcurist, Cleveland. TuHos. CRANAGE, Bay City. A. A, PARKER, Detroit, W. S. BRAINARD, Toledo. . S, D. CALDWELL, Buffalo. EE. D. Carrsr, Erie. Wicey M. Ecan, Chicago. — J. C. RickeTson, Milwaukee. F, N. LASALLE, Duluth. F. J. Firtu, Philadelphia. EXECUTIVE AND FINANCE COMMITTEE, H. M. Hanna,, Cleveland, Ohio. D.C. Whitney, Detroit, Mich ti, H. Brown, Cleveland, Ohio. W. P. Henry, Buffalo, N. Y. ee Corrigan, Cleveland, Ohio. 5 J. 4. Brown, Buffa o, N. Y. . A. Hawgood, Cleveland, Ohio. avid Van e, Milwaukee, Wis. Thomas Wilson, Cleveland, Ohio. R P. Fitzgerald, Milwaukee, Wis. M. A. Bradley, ~ Cleveland, Ohio. John G. Keith, Chicago, Ill. . C. Gilchrist, Cleveland, Ohio. J. S. Dunham, Chicago, Til. M. Peck, Detroit, Mich. COMMITTEE ON AIDS TO NAVIGATION: W. C. Richardson, Cleveland. Ohio. W.M. Egan, Chicago, Ill. George P. McKay, Cleveland, Ohio. Frank Owen, Ogdensburg, N.Y. H G. Dalton, Cleveland, Ohio. A. W. Colton, Toledo, Ohio. R. L. Pennington; Cleveland, Ohio. | James Davidson, Bay City, Mich. ‘thomas Wilson, Cleveland, Ohio. Alvin Neal, Port Huron, Mich, John W Moore, Cleveland, Ohio. M. M. Drake, Buffalo, N. Y. W.S, Mack, Cleveland; Ohio. W. Bullard, Buffalo, N. Y. David C. Carter, Detroit, Mich, COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION: S. D. Caldwéll, Buffalo, N. Y. james Corrigan, Cleveland, Ohio. James Ash, Buffalo, N. Y; m. Livingstone, Detroit, Mich. E. T Evans, Buffalo, N- Y. James Millen, D-troit, Mich. P. P. Miller, Buffalo, N. Y, Jesse Spaulding, Chicago, Iil. John Gordon, Buffalo, N.Y. C. A. Eddy, Bay City, Mich. ’ W. Bullard, Buffalo, N. Y. Alex. McDougall, Duluth, Minn. Edward Smith, Buffalo, N. Y. F. J. Firth, Philadélphia, Pa. H. M. Hanna, Cleveland, Ohio. E ; ALL WILL BE OUTSIDE ROOMS. When the People’s Steamboat Line in Albany passed under the control of the Vanderbilts recently, it was de- cided to build two fine vessels at a cost of $1,500,000 each. The new boats, it is believed, will.exceed in speed and lines the well-known Fall River Line vessels, and will be the longest—400 feet—that have ever plied regularly on the Hudson. Each will have 400 staterooms, arrang- ed so that all will be outside rooms. Heretofore no plan could be devised for giving every stateroom an outside window. re) ENVIOUS NEIGHBORS. When one American-built steamer, carrying the American flag, creates the excitement that attended the St. Louis on her initial trip, what will be the condition of the American mind when our commerce upon the seas once more assumes its old-time importance?) When the seas are once more dotted with American merchantmien, sailing under the stars and stripes? That desired time seems close at hand.—Hardware, New York. One swallow does not make a summer.—Canadian Manufacturer. AN ACTIVE KEEPER. (ILLUSTRATED.) * There are few, if any, life-saving stations on the en- tire chain of lakes that are in service in as many storms, from one season'to another, as. the crewat Thunder Bay Island. It is, ‘then, well and proper that the station should be in charge of such a man as Capt. John D. Per- sons, who has been in the service since its infancy on the lakes, and has served for eighteen years. ‘Capt. Persons: was born in Toledo in 1851. In his younger days he was engaged in the fishing business, CAPT. JOHN D. PERSONS. and later as assistant light-keeper at Thunder Bay Island with his father. In company with his father and others, he built the first fishing tug on the lakes, which he sailed for four years. He was appointed keeper of the Thunder Bay Island life-saving station in 1877, and has served in that capacity ever since. He and his brave crew have been the means of saving many lives and much property from vessels whose bones still lie strewn along the rocks. The large life-boat exhibited at the World’s Fair was, at the end of the exposition, sent. to Thunder Bay Island, as the station,on the lakes which it was most de- sirable: to supply » with. perfect equipment. This was based largely on the record of the station. Capt. Per- sons has many warm personal friends, moreover, and rides around in a handsome steam-yacht which was pre- sented to him by his friends. THE INTER-LAKE REGATTA. The programme of the Inter-lake Regatta’ whioten Oc. currs at Put-in-Bay next week is a neat leaflet, contain- ing all requisite information. The meet continues throughout ‘the week, Saturday being devoted to slow cruises homeward. On Monday the yachts will assemble, and the owners and saptains will make ARS renew ac- quaintances. Tuesday. will be devoted to fouplgist launches 30 and 25-footers, with special races for single and double cat- boats. Wednesday, the 55, 46, 40 and 35-footers will Sompete, sailing around the course twice. Thursday (ladies’ day,) will be spent in crusing among the islands, returning in time for a _ reception and’ ball in the Wehrles, 5 On Friday there will be a grand free-for- all race, with time allowance, to and around stakeboat off Lakeside, and return. There will be no time limit, but yachts are expected to finish in time for the banquet at the Beebe House at 9 p. m., when the presentation of prizes will occur. These are all cash prizes, except the naphtha launches, which will compete for the championship flag only. The prizes range from $50 to $3. rrr SAILORS’ SUPERSTITIONS. And I had done a hellish thing, And it would work them woe: For all averred I had shot the bird That caused the breeze to blow, —Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It is remarkable how persistent are the superstitious notions which civilized people have inherited from their early ancestors. That the Japanese, the latest born of. civilized communities, should believe the hawk, | which, during the recent naval engagements alighted on the mast of one of their vessels, to have been sent as a good omen from heaven, is not tobe wondered at.. But what is to be said with reference to the incident connected with the ill-fated Chicora, relatedin the following par- agraph: On its last trip over from St. Joseph a wild duck flew around the Chicora twice. On its circle the duck was shot by Joseph W. Pearl, the St. Joe druggist, who was the only passenger on board. ‘With ‘the sailors’ super- stition the incident was considered an omen of disaster. It was a disheartened lot of men who formed the crew of the lost boat when it steamed out of the harbor Mon- day morning at 5 o’clock. Robert McClure, the chief en- gineer, confessed that he felt something was going to happen. The presentiment was too strong to be resisted, and McClure looked like a man who was going to his death. Capt. Stines was too ill to come ashore and re- mained in his cabin during the time his boat was in port. From captain to deck-hand there was a deep feeling of gloom and disaster ahead. Seafaring men are proverbially superstitious, but it is questionable whether they are really more so than the persons who prefer a more settled mode of life and whom seamen speak of derisively as ‘‘ land-lubbers.’’—Religio- Philosophical Journal. EE OS DrRv-DOCK rates will be increased at New York and neighboring ports, it is said, as soon as the Philadelphia syndicate gets the control for which negsvaHons are now tinder way.

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