Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), August 1, 1895, p. 9

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oHiP BUILDING AND REPAIRS. A BUSY WINTER IN PROSPECT. _. The shipbuilders are pretty certain of having a good _ year of business. There are a number of contracts in the air... Several builders have been asked to file pro- posals on two new schooners for Pickands, Mather & Co., or perhaps, more properly, the Minnesota Steamship Co,, and most of them have handed in their bids. This matter, said, will be decided within a few days. The Union Dry-Dock Co.,of Buffalo, may build a boat on its own account, and as soon asthe canal steamer Alpha, with her four barges, returns from her first trip to New York, on which she will'start within a few days, the directors of the Cleveland Steel Canal-boat Co, will meet and decide whether to go ahead with 18 more boats of this type,:or to content themselves with a smaller num- ber. These, with the contracts already announced, will represent quite a respectable addition to the lake fleet. LAUNCHES OF THE WEEK. A good deal of new vessel property will have been placed in the water during the ten days ending Satur- day. The steamer Sacramento was launched at David- son’s shipyard, in West Bay City, last Thursday after- noon, this being followed on Saturday by a double launch at. the Globe shipyard, in Cleveland. The schooner Tyrone was placed in the water with some ceremony, being christened in due form by Miss Ade- laide Burns, daughter of one of the owners. Mr. J. R. Irwin, of Fairport, represented the American Trans- portation Co,, for whom the Tyrone is built. She is 313 feetover all, 300 feet keel, 41 feet beam, and 24 feet deep. She carries an 8-foot Scotch boiler, which will furnish power to her steam towing machine, steam cap- stans and’deck engine, windlasses, steerer and an elec- tric light plant. She will be out abont August 15, and will tow behind the Harper or Nimick. The other launch was that of the first of the Cleveland Steel Canal- boat Co.’s barges, 98 feet over all, 17 feet ll inches wide, and 10 feet deep. Another of these was dropped into the water Tuesday, and a third Thursday morning. At Wheeler & Co.’s shipyard, West Bay City, there ~ will be launched this afternoon the steamer Penobscot, built for the Kddy-Shaw syndicate, of Detroit. She is 372 feet over all, 352 feet keel, 4414 beam, and 37 feet depth. She has ten deck hatches and four package freight gangways on each side. Her engine is a triple expansion, the cylinders measuring 21%, 35 and 58 inches, by 44 inches stroke. The two Scotch boilers, each 1334 x 12 feet, will have furnaces equipped with Howden hot draft. The launch of the steamer Yale at the Cleveland ship- yard next Saturday at 2:30 o’clock will be an innova- tion. A large platform will be erected under the bows of the ship, and Yale colors of blue will be generously displayed. By special invitation the members of the Murray-Lane Opera Co. will give several selections just before launching, opening with the patriotic chorus, “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.’’ Another song, written especially for the occasion, will be sung to the air of ‘‘ Hail, Poetry,’ from the ‘‘ Pirates of Penzance.”’ Mr. J. K. Murray will choose some sailor’s song fora solonumber. The Yale is the largest boat ever turned out in Cleveland, and lacks but a few feet of being the largest on the lakes. She is 395 feet over all, 375 feet ' between perpendiculars, by 45 feet beam and 28 feet depth of hold. She will be propelled by triple expan- sion engines with cylinders 23, 38, and 63 by 40 inches stroke. She will have two Scotch-type boilers, 14 by 13 feet, with three 46-inch furnaces each. At Toledo, next Saturday, if the wind and water are favorable, the Shenango No.1, building at Craig’s ship- yara for the Conneaut-Port Dover ferry route, will be placed in the water. She is well on toward completion, and will soon be in commission. The Shenango No. 2 is not very far advanced, the idea of the owners proba- bly being to run one boat onthe route for a time, in order to see if any changes suggest themselves. The Shenango No. lis 300 feet between perpendiculars by 52 feet beam and 25 feet depth. Her engines are com- pound, built by Hodge & Co., of Detroit, and measuré 24and 48 by 36 inches. She has four boilers, 12 x 12 feet, with three furnaces each, and built by the Globe Iron Works Co., Cleveland, and has three wheels, one forward and two aft. ‘The engines for the No. 2 will be THE MARINE: RECORD. built by the Frontier Iron Works,. of Detroit, but the Globe furnishes the boilers. At the South Chicago shipyard, the Zenith City will be launched Aug. 10... The Victory goes. on her. trial trip next Saturday, and will probably leave that evening for Escanaba, to get-aload of ore for South Chicago, and thus get a maximum record of her carrying ca- pacity. After the launch of the Zenith City the Corri- gan tow barge will be pushed rapidly to completion. The Bertram Engine Works, Toronto. have launched anew yacht for the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. This is the concern which Messrs, Angstrom and Curr, for- merly with the Cleveland Ship Building Co., are asso- ciated with. coi Bahieuse wiaeee AT THE DRY-DOCKS. Three metal repair jobs have been on hand in Cleve- land this week. The whaleback steambarge A: D. Thomson, and barges 11l-and 127, which got into trouble at the Beavers, went into dock late last week, the barges going into the Ship Owners’ dock, and the steamer into the Cleveland. The Thomson is being repaired by the Cleveland Ship Building Co. Fifteen of her plates for- ward had to come off, and five of them to be replaced with new ones. ' She will get out Friday evening or Saturday morning. ‘The 111 had also 15 plates to be removed, and the 127 had nine to come off. Neither damage was so heavy as that of the steamer, and they are already afloat. The Globe Iron Works Co. did the work on the barges. The Cleveland Shipbuilding Co. has been put- ting a new crank shaft into the Australasia, and has been giving her some other engine repairs. Cuicaco.—At Miller Bros.’ shipyard a schooner yacht is in dock, receiving a new iron keel. The steamer H. L. Worthington was in for some calking, and repairs to her rudder; the steamer Manitou for a new blade to her wheel; and the steamer KH. EK. Rice to have her shaft taken out and straightened. Port Huron.—The burned steamer H. EK. Runnels is being rebuilt at Jenks’ shipyard. A large force of men are at work on hull and machinery, both of which will be entirely overhauled. It is expected that she will be out about. Sept-«1. The Arthur ,Orr is in Dunford & Alverson’s dry-dock as a result of getting aground near here a few days ago. DETROIT.—The schooner Peshtigo has been hauled out an rollers at the Wyandotte Boat Co.’s yard, and will be rebuilt into a steam-barge with a capacity for 1,000, 000° feet of lumber, at a cost of $25,000. The Frontier Iron Works has the contract for rebuilding the engines that are to be put into the old steamer Waldo Avery, which is rebuilding at West Bay City and will be called the Phoenix. At the Oades dock the dredge Racine is being cverhauled, and the scow Julia Miner has been hauled out on the waysforrepairs. The light- house boat Amaranth and the steambarge Volunteer have been getting minor repairs at the Detroit dry-dock. The schooner George W. Davis, has been getting an over-hauling at the upper dry-dock, and the steam-yacht Roberta was in for some attention to her crankpin. ’ SUPERIOR.—The estimate of the repair bill on barge 130, which got ashore near Cheboygan when in tow of the John Mitchell, is $4,200. The Pratt has completed her repairs. The Nyanza will probably go into the dock here after the dispute over her cargo is settled. rR 0 A 9 OBITUARY. Capt. John K. Winn died Sunday at his home, No. 309 East 23d street, |Detroit, aged 53 years He had been ailing for some time, and death came as the result of a complication of troubles. Capt. Winn had sailed the lakes for 35 years. He ‘served as master for 14 years of this period ; was a well- known master, among his commands being the Westford and Monitor. He was at one time owner of the schooner Gerritt Smith. . Capt. Winn gave up sailing in 1888, on the advice of his physician, and engaged in the coal and wood busi- ness until sickness obliged him to aetire. His wife sur- vives him. The funeral services occurred at his late home Wednesday afternoon. EE EP ee A black spar buoy has been placed in 21 feet of water to the northward of the shoal entending off Big Bay Point, Lake Superior. ‘Two third-class buoys have also been placed to mark the southern and southeastern limits of the shoal of Point Abbaye, Lake Superior. These buoys will be placed in position in June, and taken up jin October of each year. INLAND LLOYDS’ SUPPLEMENT. Supplement No. 4, of the Inland Lioyds’ Vessel Reg- ister for 1895, contains names of three boats which are just completed—the steamer George Farwell, measuring 600 tons net, built at Marine City by Anderson, for J. H. Farwell and others, Detroit, valued at $50,000, and rating Al*; the schooner A. W. Comstock, registering 778 tons; built at Algonac by Abram Smith on builders’ account, valued at $45,000 ond rating Al*; and the tug B. B. Inman, rating A1, $17,000. The Idler and Islander, both river passenger boats, are-enrolled for the river only, the former rating B1, $7,000, and the Islander A2, $12,000, The barge Alaska, which has’ been converted into a propeller for R. J. Cram, of Detroit, shows an ad- measurement of 361 tons net, is rated Bl, and valued $7,500. The steamer Argonaut, since getting her over- hauling, has been rated A2, and valued at $28,000, An- other new enrollment is the Bon Ami, built at Sauga- tuck by Rogers & Bird in 1894, on their own account, and rated Al% and valued $15,000. The Rhoda Emily, now a single decker, israted Allg. By acorrection the valuation of the J. N. Glidden was raised from $45,000, as it appeared in the book, to $55,000. The Oregon and Otego, which were repairing in the spring when the book was issued, have been inspected and classified. The Oregon rates .A2, $35,000, and the Otego, A2%, $8,000. A correction in the rating of the Phoenix, for- merly the W. A. Avery, shows that she has'steel arches. The Maud Preston, which has been receiving large re- pairs, is newly enrolled for the year, with a valuation of $6,000 and a rating of A2. She is owned by George McCullach, of Detroit. An old-timer appears in the old schooner Ebenezer, built in Buffalo in 1846, which is enrolled ia the supple- ment. Sheis still considered worth $1,500, and is rated B1, but for coarse freight only. The schooner Mystic Star, repaired in 1895, rates A2, $5,000; the S. L. Watson, which has been receiving some new framing and timbers aft, rates A2, $13,000; the F. S. Wells, owned by Mc- Clary and others, of Sackett’s Harbor, rates A2, $1,800 ; and the H. C. Winslow, B1%, $1,500. Among the barges appears the whilom stouui? George W. Johnson, now valued at at $5,000 and rated A2%. The George L. Colwell has also been reduced from a steamer to a barge, and is rated B1, $7,000. The H. P. Baldwin is valued at $5,000 and is rated B1, for coarse freight only; the Bahama $3,500, A2%; the L. W. Drake is made only a coarse freighter; the Fostoria, after re- pairing, rates B1l%; and the Charles Wall, which has also been repaired, rates B1, $7,500. The D. P. Dobbins has been repaired. and is valued at $9,000 and rates 214, TEED Or PERSONAL. Mr. —. V. Smalley, editor of the North-West Magazine, ably discusses, in the August Forum, ‘* The Deep Water- ways Problem.”’ J. C. Closse, of Berlin Heights, managing owner of the C. W. Elphicke, has been making a trip to Duluth with his family on that steamer. Capt. J. H. Andrews, who built and sailed the schooner Nellie Reddington, is now living in Florida. He has one of the cleanest records as regards mishaps, that was ever boasted by a lake captain. Capt. William McClain, one of the best known and most popular of Toronto’s customs officers, has been re- tired, in accordance with the superannuation laws, although he is still hale and hearty. Gen. O. M. Poe will be retired from the army on March 7, 1896. The vessel interests will probably try to have him retained in charge of the improvements at the Sault and the deep water project until they are fin- ished, but this can only be done by act of Congress. Mr. W. F. Wood, inspector in charge of the construc- tion of the Wisconsin & Michigan ferry barges, at Davy- idson’s yard, West Bay City, was in Cleveland over Sun- day. Mr. Wood has a collection of very fine photo- graphic views of new British craft, and the scevery around Grenoch. The photographs were taken by a younger brother, and show a particularly fine degree of workmanship. Assistant General Manager F. P. Gordon, of the Northern Steamship Co., attended the launch of the schooner Tyrone at the Globe shipyard last Saturday. He says that the big steamships have been carrying good loads of passengers, but that August will be the big month this year, as it was last season. ‘‘ We have amore reservations for every trip in August from Buf- falo,’”’ said Mr. Gordon, ‘‘than the North West took out of that city on her last trip, and there was a crowd on board then.”’

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