Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), August 1, 1895, p. 4

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4 NEWS AROUND THE LAKES. —————————— ee nN = ~ _ »CLEVERAND. The Cleveland Yacht club have prepared a very neat badge for their members and friends, to be worn on the occasion of the Interlake Regatta ‘at Put-in-Bay next week. Suspended from a tri-color ribbon is a miniature mainsail, on which the club’s pennant stands out in bold relief. = Capt. Ed. Dahlke has disposed of one-half his interest in the tug J. R. Worswick, just as she lies, on the bot- ton, nearly opposite Case ave., to Supt. David T. Jones, ofthe Standard ContractingCo., the consideration being $500. ‘The owners will set about raising the Worswick at once, and expect to have her in commission inside of two weeks. e* The steamer Lake Michigan (Br.) called at this port Friday. She is making her annual trip with supplies for ali the Canadian light-houses between Montreal and Victoria Harbor, on Lake Superior. Capt. James De- laney, who called at the MARINE RECORD office, stated that the water ranged from two to three feet lower than last year, and at the dummy at Point au Pelee, he found the water five feet below the stage of a year ago. He said he also touched bottom on Lake Lachine at a spot which he had sailed safely over fifty times before. Chaplain J. D. Jones, of the Floating Béthel Society, fas received a letter from Rev. George E. Shorter, well- known'on the lakes, who says he is conducting a suc- cessful missionary work at the Sault. He says a ship- ping office on a small scale would be a convenience there at times. ; The Cleveland City Forge and Iron Co., are at work on two large crank shafts for side-wheel steamers—one for the new C. & B. liner, and one for a Long Island Sound steamer. : The report that the Brown car tipping machine at Fairport is nearly finished is witrout foundation. The Brown Hoisting and Conveying Co., patentees and manufacturers, have been sadly delayed by the failure of proper material to arrive when-expected, and the machine will probably not be in operation for two months yet, although a large part of the machine has already been erected. One or two vessels have been getting aground at the mouth of the river during the past week, the schooner Tokio getting sch a grip on the bottom that it required a long pull, and a strong pull, and a pull all-together by several tugs to release her. A government dredge is expected daily, and willdip up a few shovelfuls there before proceeding to dredge out the cut in the west arm of the breakwater. © The second of the new surfboats which the Wyandotte Boat Co. is building for the government, has been com- pleted, and was delivered to Capt. Charles Motley, at the Cleveland life-saving station Wednesday. Ar- rangements will probably be effected to build a house for it just north of the present station, with runways into the river and into the breakwater basin as well, so that the boat may be launched either way, as circum- stances might require. The new boat is 26 feet long by 6 feet 8 inches beam, and 2 feet 7 inches depth. She has a centerboard and carries some canyas. Supt. Chap- man was at the station when the boat arrived. CHICAGO. Special Correspondence to Ti he Marine Recoré. The war between the tug companies at this port is being fought persistently. There was an agreement entered into between the various companies at the be- ginning of the season, to tow at certain rates, witha proviso that if any company cut those rates, then a universal cutting of rates could be done by all. The Independent Tug Line, having learned that one of the rival companies was secretly towing below rates, com- - menced at once to cut its towing rates universally, and it is the intention to keep on cutting rates to the end of the season. The Australasia-Majestic suit, when it comes to trial, will probably do much toward settling what is a proper rate of speed in Chicago River. Grain freights are livelier this week. P. H. Fleming _& Co. have chartered the City of Berlin for 150,000 bushels of oats to Buffalo at 1%c. W. M. Egan char- tered the Robert Mills for corn to Buffalo at 1%c. Tues- day. J. G. Keith & Co. chartered the steamers Majestic and City of Paris for oats to Buffalo at 1c. B. F. Dav- ison last Friday chartered the steamer Maggie Duncan and consorts S, O. Neff and City of Toledo for cry lum-. ber Chicago, at $1.87. "The Independent Tug Line has exchanged the schooner John Raber to C. L, Wood, of Chicago, for real estate valued at $1,000. The heavy gale from the northeast Monday night, drove back to this port, the schooners Cora A., Olga, Kanters, and Ford River, also the steam-barge Maggie Marshall and several others of the lumber fleet which were running down the lake, light. Business for the month of July with the Marine Iron Works, Chicago, has been excellent, especially as re- gards orders for marine engines and boilers, propeller wheels, etc. Several very complete outfits of marine machinery being built by them far boat-builders. The engines ranged in sizes from 5x5 to 16x16 and with a fair sprinkling of compound condensing engines, THE MARINE RECORD. The Peabody Coal Co. commenced unloading the barge Miztec, Tuesday morning with the W. S. Goble Co.’s new patent hoisting derricks recently erected on their docks. Their new style clam shovels and carriage worked very successfully. The Miztec was loaded» with large egg coal and the shovels filled as easily as the old style of shovel would fill in chestnut coal. The cost of unloading will be about three cents per ton, when the men become expert at handling the machinery. The steamer Manitou broke a blade of her wheel on two trips last week, and was compelled to go to the dry- dock twice to have new blades fixed. The Philadelphia & Reading Co. is building large coal docks at South Chicago, which will add greatly to the importance of the Calumet river. A U.S. dredge is cutting a channel at Saugatuck for the fruit boats. The little steamer Emma Thompson was again sold at Marshal’s sale Wednesday, for debts aggregating $9,000. She was bought by Brice Miller for $700, The schooner Unadilla has been libeled for debts amounting to $2,000, and will be allowed to be sold. Owing to the growing ™ tendency in this direction credit is being curtailed. MILWAUKEE. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, The schooner Manatee was sold last Thursday by the U.S. Marshal to satisfy a claim brought against her, held by Joys Bros. Henry Nelson bought the schooner for $275. Aun Arbor ferry steamer No. 1 has been placed in ordinary. A dredge has been at work on Sturgeon Bay canal for a week or more, widening the channel 60 feet. The cut will be 14 feet deep. Twenty-three boats brought 39,346 tons of coal to this port last week. : : : The yacht Priscilla, of Cleveland, is cruising in this neighborhood, but will return to Lake Erie in time for the Put-in-Bay regatta, although she will not enter the races’ a The dock in front of the Northwestérn Elevator is being built. The work is being done thoroughly, and will occupy some time. 5: s ra PORT HURON, MICH, Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, 92 There is very little work at the shipyards -and dry- docks. The Wolverine has a life-boat contract for the U. S. government, which keeps abont 20 men at work. The tug Chathpion brought in a large*Yaft for N. Mills & Co., at Marysville, last Friday. The tug Sum- ner brought in two large strings of timber fot Howard & Co. There have been four cargoesof pulpwood at the fiber company’s dock, beside one load of coal this week. River passenger travel is very heavy, both thé Mary and the Red Star liners being kept quite busy. ‘The regatta at St. Clair this week brought a large trade to the river liners. The steamer Argonaut, owned by J. KE. Mills and F. D. Jenks, of this port, has had both hull and machinery thoroughly overhauled, and has been put in the first class. She has also been painted with the line’s color of bronze green. She is now on her way from Escanaba to Cleveland with pig iron. The steamer Arthur Orr struck‘near the Fort Gratiot light-ship, and is here lightering a part of her cargo at Miller’s coal dock, in order to enter dry-dock. She has one forward compartment full of water. The schooners Kk. C. Roberts and C. N. Johnson are in ordinary here. BUFFALO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Recora. The Enquirer, one of the best marine papersin Bufialo, has just put in a new, up-to-date Hoe press, in addition to its already good equipment. The stacks of the North Land were given a new coat of paint on the last trip down. Some inside painting was also done. The Chicago tug Raber got aground near the light- house pier Monday, and the Fabian had to help her off. All the tugs of ‘the Hand & Johnson and Meytham lines are being equipped with fog.bells, placed on top ot their pilot-houses, to comply with the White law. The excursion boat captains are being hauled up be- fore the inspectors for sounding cross signals when meeting. An afternoon paper got its wheel chains badly mixed this week when trying to explain the matter. The board of army engineers appointed to plan a pro- ject for improvement of Buffalo Harbor have reported in favor of an extension of the breakwater to Stony Point, as against the shore arm proposition. They es- timate the cost at $2,200,000. DETROIT. Spectal Correspondence to The Marine Record. The friends of Dixon Chadwick, formerly watchman on the schooner Wadena, want to know where he is. Capt. Alfred Smith will sail the steamer George Far- well, now nearly finished at Marine City. Edward Henkel is said to be well satisfied with the performance of his steam-yacht Azalea since she came | out. He took a trip to the Thousand Islands and return, > a cruise of about 1,200 miles, on 21 tons of coal, the yacht being under steam 16 days. The Detroit Boat works, which built the Azalea, took the Lucille in part payment, and now offers her for sale for $4,000. The collector at Amherstburg has found a derelict which nobody claims. It isa black canvassed schooner- acht. : The Fessenden has returned from her inspection tour on Lakes Michigen and Huron. She boarded 64 vessels, of which 22 were reported for violations of the naviga- tion and revenue laws. DULUTH AND SUPERIOR. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. The Duluth & Iron Range R. R. has decided to unload coal cargoes at Two Harbors by day labor instead of by contract, as is the usual practice. The men employed will be placed regularly upon the company’s pay rolls. The Lehigh Coal Co., in Duluth, has unloaded a coal cargo at its dock with two derricks, each averaging, during actual working time, 63 tons per hour. With a third: derrick in operation and a few improvements to be made, this company expects to unload 2,000 tons in ten hours. The Bogle clam shell scoops are employed. The steamer Nyanza is here waiting to get her coal unloaded so she can get into the dock. She is detained by a dispute by the consignees and the underwriters as to the damage to the coal. Her late adversary, the Northern King, arrived in port with disabled steering gear. Gome of the vessel men are beginning to call Capt. Singer’s tugs the White Line, and the line will probably be given that name. The Abbott was given a coat of white paint this week. Capt. Singer has bought the tug Medina from Capt. C. Barker, of Ashland, giving the line seven tugs. ASHTABULA. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, The steam-yacht Florence, which capsized when launched at the builders’ yard at Madison, is completed, and is now in commission. She is-the property of C. H. Hopper, and has a fine hull and the most modern ma- chinery. She makes 12 miles an hour without exertion. Loui Kalbz, who had his spineinjured by falling into the hold of the St. Paul last week, is still in a critical condition. Work began Monday on the improvement of the Youghoigheny dock, a large force of men being put to work. A space of 250 feet of the dock will be entirely rebuilt. The new King portables are being tested here this week. No records are being made, but the ma- chines are being given complete adjustment.. The men operating them are not yet experts at handling them. TOLEDO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, Yachtsmen are complaining that the dump scows use insufficient care in disposing of mud, and that they are forming shoals in Maumee Bay, which prove very an- noying to small boats. 3 Capt. Gillespie has been glven a contract to put larger riprap rock around the range light. The steamer Samuel Mitchell broke a bucket off her wheel in the straight channel here Sunday. The steamer Saginaw is laid up here this week, having her boilers repaired. James Rooney’s dredge is' deepening the channel at the Ohio Central docks. The railroad people will have a channel 200 feet wide dredged out to deep water abreast the foot of Jefferson street. McNelley & Davis’ dredge is deepening the water at Corn & Churchill’s iron elevator. ‘ SANDUSKY. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. More police surveillance is needed on the docks. eral sailors have of. late fallen victims to footpads. There is to be, it is said, a large amount of ore handled over the B. & O. docks here soon, anda force of men are now fitting out the ore hoists for work Among the first arrivals will be the schooners Kate Winslow and R. Hallaran. One hundred and eleven cars of coal were put into the Thomas Maytham last Thursday in 11 hours and 10 minutes. : Collector of Customs Herbert has fined the schooner Col. Ellsworth $10 for not having her port of hail paint- ed on her stern, The Ellsworth has been lying at the Ayers dock in the west end, since last fall. She has just fitted out, with Captain Cain in command. ‘The fine was paid under protest. Up to date there have been unloaded at the Big Four docks thirty-seven cargoes of pulpwood, four cargoes of fence posts and one cargo of ore. The past two weeks have been the busiest of the season, fifteen vessels hav- ing: been unloaded during that time. Nearly all of these cargoes were loaded directly upon cars for im- mediate shipment. Dredges at work on the harbor front channel have been*somewhat delayed this week on account of the high winds. The John W. Moore, Onoko, Presley, Reddington and Georger are under charter to load coal here at the Short Line docks this week, They will carry about Sev- ' 9,200 tons, i

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