Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), August 1, 1895, p. 8

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+ a sat ii ee THE MARINE RECORD ESTABLISHED 1878. PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, AT 144 SuPERIOR S7., (LHADER BUILDING), CLEVELAND, O. IRVING B. SMITH, CAPT. JOHN SWAINSON, BRANCH OFFICE? PROPRIETORS CHICAGO, ILL., ‘. ; 238 Lake Street. THOMAS WILLIAMS, Associate Editor. SUBSCRIPTION. One copy, one year, postage paid, One copy, one year, to foreign countries, . es Invariably in advance. ADVERTISING. Rates given on application. Entered at Cleveland Post Office as Second-class Mail Matter. ———————————— oo CLEVELAND, O., AUGUST 1, 1895. | pe es es aS LABor troubles are having the effect of preventing any advances in coal and ore, and everything is at present awaiting an adjustment, The Duluth lumber rate has advanced, at least in some instances, to $1.8746 or re THERE have been some reports this week that the Big Four would establish docks in Cleveland and a line of steamers between Buffalo and Duluth. The talk is ’ hardly plausible, as the New York Central steamers can easily take care of such freight as the Big Four may have for the water. ED Oe ee Tu daily papers on the lakes have announced that the revenue cutters were engaged in raiding freight boats which are engaged in carrying passengers without license, thus interfering with the hospitality of owners, most of the passengers carried being guests of the boats. The revenue steamers were erroneously referred to as acting under the orders of Secretary of War Lamont, instead of by the instructions of the Treasury Department, under which they always act. The error in itself amounts to. little, but it has, unfortunately, provoked some malicious comment in connection wiih Secretary Lamont’s recent trip down the lakes on one of the big Northern Line steamers. These reflections are as nasty as they are groundless. The hospitality mentioned interferes in an almost impercepiible degree with the business of the big passenger steamers, and the management and the Secre- tary are alike incapable of resorting to such means to beat up trade. The mission of the revenue steamers seems to be only in line with a rather more strict line of policy than has heretofore ruled on the lakes, and is possibly a spasm the effects of which will soon pass off. Do a _A NEw branch of marine service will be inaugurated during the coming week by the first fleet of the Cleveland Steel Canal-boat Co., leaving Lorain for New ‘York via the Erie canal, with a cargo of rails. No matter how much data is procured regarding such a venture before itis put into actual operation, the movement must re- main under the head of experiments until some actual - work is done; but, the company has made its start in ‘seems assured from the start. -towed to Lorain this evening, and loading with heavy such a way, and with such equipment that its success Three barges are to be street-car rails wfll begin at once, while the steamer will go tothe same port later in the week, with the fourth barge, and the trip to New York will begin early next week. “he advent of the boats on the canal will be watched with interest, and their return eagerly awaited. Nothing is to be done by the direction of the company until this first round trip is completed. There was never anything of the sort built in the construction of which everything was foreseen, and if some slight changes of plan should prove necessary in the construction of the other boats of the line, this would be no argument against success. The long hatches of the boats render them extremely convenient in loading such unwieldy freight as rails and iron pipe, as compared with the lake ‘boats, and this fact suggests a possibility of a modified form of this craft being placed in service on the lakes THE MARINE RECORD. some time. The enterprise is one that certainly merits encouragement on the part of shippers of heavy freight. The steamer Alpha will carry about 200 tons, and each of the barges about 270 tons. WELL BUILT AND WELL KEPT. To the Editor of The Marine Record: Just seven years ago your correspondent, then a rep- resentative of THE MARINE RECORD, went on the steamer Scranton, of the Lackawanna Line, on her maiden trip to Buffalo, and his impressions were duly recorded in your columns. It need hardly be said that the opinions then formed of the vessel, justified by subsequent events, were very favorable to her builders, management and all concerned. Since that time I have always taken a great interest in the Scranton, and have just made a second trip on her from Chicago to Buffalo. The steamer is a credit to her builders, the Cleveland Ship Building Co. That the Scranton is not quite so fast as more recent boats is, of course, to be expected; but she is a good steady, sea boat, and it is seldom advisable to sac- rifice economy for speed. The Scranton would pass for a new vessel anywhere, the only indication to the con- trary being found in her deck sheathing. The whole vessel, including her well-kept machinery, gives evi- dence of every care and attention to the most minute detail, aud it would require a critical eye to detect any cause for complaint. Much of this is due to the constant attention of Capt.Green, whom I have known ever since he first became master with the Lackawanna Line, who commenced his career as such with the motto, “no monkeying.’? He has always taken good care to see that this laudable precept was strictly enforced on board his vessels. Capt. Green is one of*those men who re- main in one employ, which is the highest testimony, of satisfaction on the part of his employers to himself. The Scranton has a good staff of reliable officers, who appear to take all the required interést in their duties; but while I would like Capt. Green to ‘retain them all, Mr. McKinnon, chief officer, should be excépted. In any other country Mr. McKinnon would bé rated as master, and I hope ere long to see his merits diily recognized by such promotion. ‘HG hi: Buffalo, July 30. eee ELECTRICTY ON THE CANAL. A contract has been made with the Cataract General Electric Co., of Buffalo, by the Trenton Iron Works, of New York, for the construction and equipment of an ex- perimental line of ‘four miles, for towing boats on the Erie canal by electricity. The line is to becompleted in 60 days, and will cost $5,000 per mile for both sides of the canal. The poles will be of steel, and 16 feet high, on top of them being a steel cable, 1% inches: thick. Four. - inches below this another cable one inch thick, will be stretched. A small car, or traveler will be suspended from the upper, and will travel on the lower cable. The current will pass from the upper to the lower cable, operating a Tesla motor which will turn the shaft of the traveler, to which the tow-line will be attached. This method is now in use for logging purposes in South Carolina. TE ED Oe —e LAKE CARRIERS’ FINANCE COMMITTEE. A meeting of the finance committee of the Lake Car- riers’ Association is to be held Thursday to discuss the fueling situation in Buffalo, Itis not known that any action will be taken. The fuel shippers appear to be in a decidedly conciliatory mood, however, as they are offering for $2 a grade of Pittsburgh coal that sells for $2.15 at Ashtabula, the rail freight to Buffalo being 25 cents more than to Ashtabula. Secretary Keep came up from Buffalo Thursday morning to attend the meet- ing. He says that the enrollment of tonnage is excel- lent, the total tonnage being over 600,000. rite 0 0p RAISING THE CAYUGA. The question of being able to raise the sunken steamer Cayuga is looked upon with a good deal of confidence by the lake wreckers, anda number of them have filed very good proposals on raising the steamer. Nothing has ‘been decided upon, but gossip has it that Murphy Broth- ers, of Detroit, will get the job. add shipbuilding fulness. MR. MILLER RETIRES. The many friends of Mr. Walter Miller, chief en- gineer of the Globe Iron Works Co., will be surprised to learn of his retirement from this position. Mr. Miller placed his resignation in the hands of General Manager Pankhurst last week, and éxpects, as soon as he can dispose of his interests with the company, to take an entended tour through Europe, visiting the various ship- yards, and availing himself of such pointers in his line as he may pick up. Mr. Miller has been with the Globe Iron’ Works Co. for 15 years, and has a reputation that is by no means bounded by lake territory, He is well known for his originality, and his continual ambition to improve upon existing methods. The Globe steam steering gear and and the Globe windlass are both his inventions, but were assigned by him to the company at the time the patents were secured. He hasa patent on a windlass reversing gear, however, which he still holds, and which isin use on several types of windlasses. He also” de- signed the machinery of the Cleveland City Railway Co.’s power plant, near the viaduct, Cleveland, by which the Globe’ triple-expansion engines are connected direct with the dynamos, this plant being one of the finest and most complete electric power houses in the country. Mr. Miller has, he says, no definite plans for the future, beyond his contemplated European trip. He’ will not hurry away, but expects to go sometime during | the autumn months. Mr. Miller’s successor is Mr. William Cowles, who is pretty well known on the lakes already. He designed and superintended the construction of Cleveland’s first fireboat, the Weatherly, and also designed several other fireboats at lake cities. For several months past he has been connected with Cramps’ shipyard, in Philadelphia. : THE CASUALTY CHAPTER. The losses of the week were chiefly confined to the older class of boats which have long out-lived their use- The old barge Republic, which went down off Lorain at 5:30 o’clock, Tuesday morning, was built in 1854, and was not classed in this year’s Inland Lloyds. The wreck afforded Captain Jim Bowen, of Lorain, to add five more names to his already long life-saving list. She had 618 tons of coal on board and as she lies in 75 feet of water, this may be secured. : The little sloop Mystic, which went ashore last Friday night off Painesville, was built in 1868, and measures only 15 tons. She has been abandoned, and it was on an expedition to strip her that Capt. W. C. Sly got into trouble with the little schooner Bertha H. Winne, which measures only one ton more, and was built in 1871. The Winne had a narrow escape. At noon, Thursday, Mr. M. A. Bradley received a tele- gram from Harvey’s Marine Bureau, at the Sault, stat- ing that the steel steamship Alva had a big hole in her side, abreast of the engine, as the result of a collision with whaleback barge 117.. No further particulars were given. rr VESSEL TRANSFERS. F. W. Wheeler & Co. have sold the steamer E. S. Tice to Chicago parties, taking the steamer St. Joseph in part payment. The St. Joseph will be taken to West Bay City at once, and will probably be given a new engine and a through overhauling. Captain Hugh Reynolds, of Detroit, has bought the Germania fromthe Wheeler company, and will her between Cleveland and Saginaw Bay in connection with the W. P. Thew. Mrs. M. L, Poisson, of Grand Rapids, has sold the tug Sport ~ to Thomas B. Perkins, of Grand Hafe, for $1,000. William Thieleman, of Grand Haven, has sold the tug Emma Boecker to William Smith and others, of Keno- sha, for $3,250. ———$ $s CONTEMPLATES A EUROPEAN TRIP. Capt. Paul Huebner, whose invention of an egg- shaped lifeboat is to be manufactured in Milwaukee, will soon build another boat in which he expects to cross the ocean and visit England, France, Germany and we Russia, to the governments of which countries he will try tointroduce his boat. ‘The boat will be built at De- troit, and will be’50 feet long, 10 feet beam and 8 feet deep. It will contain a 110H. P. gasoline engine, and will carry 100 persons.

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