Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), August 8, 1895, p. 4

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4 NEWS AROUND THE LAKES. ee CLEVELAND. he Ship Owners’ Dry Dock Co. have comipleted a'l the excavating, atid most of the pile-drving, for the 100- foot extension of their north basin. It is hoped to have the dock entirely finished by September1. he Pennsylvania Co. has obtained permission from the Secretary of War to do the necessary outer harbor dredging to make a channel to their new lake front dock, which is to be occupied by the Cuddy-Mullen Co. The dredging will be done without expense to the gov- ernment. ‘The Hercules is to do the work. : “Stockly’s Pier’? is the title of an engraving of Cleveland’s outer harbor in 1849, two years before the advent of Cleveland’s first railroad. ‘The drawing from which the engraving was made was a portion of the old stone east pier in the foreground, and shows as water a large tract now occupied by the railroad yards and the new Pennsylvania outer harbor docks. John C, Stockly brought the first load of coal to Cleveland. He brought it via the canal, and to introduce it he was obliged to employ a man with a horse and wagon to peddle it from house to house. Mr. Stockly became the pioneer lake coal shipper, and it was his enterprise that built Stock- ly’s Pier, which extended from the foot of Water street 924 feet into the lake. Traces of it still remain, but it is surrounded by land now. At the time the drawing ‘was made Stockly’s pier was in the height of its glory, and the view shows two fine and fast passenger steam- ers from the old Buffalo-Cleveland Line, the Empire State and Queen City. They landed near the end of the pier, at which was a small covered station. Nearer the shore line a vessel can be seen loading with coal. The drawinghas been for many years in the possession of ‘Father’? H. M. Addison, of No. 150 Congress street, who has just had it engraved at a considerable cost to himself, in order to give circulation to this memory of early Cleveland. Mr. Addison is the founder of the Early Settlers’ Associa'ion and has a wide reputation for benevo'ent work, particularly among the children. Mr. Addison is disposing of these pictures, which are prepared neatly for framing, ata nominal cost of 25 cents apiece. They can be ordered from him at his residence, but orders sent into the MARINE REcorD will be promp ly turned over to him. CHICAGO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Palmer, Cook & Calbick have chartered the W. H. Wolf for corn to Buffalo at14%c. Carr & Blair chart- ered the John F. Eddy for corn to Buffaloat 14%c. J.G. Keith & Co. chartered the Parnell and Majestic for corn to Buffalo at 14%c; the Sachem for oats to Port Huron at Ic ; the George Sturgesfor corn to Port Huron at 1c. Harvey C. Beeson left Saturday evening for a two weeks’ lake tour on business connected with his Lake Marine Directory. He went to Escanaba direct by the Goodrich Line, and will visit Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit before returning to this city. Captains complain that the fog whistle on the light- ship at Poe’s Reef is not, at all times, blowing when the atmosphere is thick from fog or smoke. : - ‘The steamer W. H. Wolf is unloading a cargo of black horse coal at the O. S. Richardson Fueling Co.’s dock at foot of North Market street. The steamer City of Berlin is being unloaded at Pea- body’s coal dock by the W. S. Bogle Co’s new hoisting derricks and clam shell buckets. ® : The steamer Manitou had another blade of her wheel broken on Saturday soon after leaving Chicago. She turned back and went to South Chicago to the Chicago ' Ship Building Co.'s dry-dock and received a new blade to her wheel. The steel steamer Victory made her trial trip Satur- day afternoon and had her machinery thoroughly tested, which proved highly satisfactory. She ran into Chicago harbor at6p.m.,and landed President Brown, Man- ager Babcock and other officials of the Chicago Ship Building Co, and a party of visitors and then went back to South Chicago. She will go to Escanaba to load a cargo of iron ore for South Chicago. Six thous- and tons is spoken of as her first load. The body of Cap. H. J. Hatch, formerly master and owner of the schooner Kate Kelly, which went down off Racine in May last, was picked up off Kenosha last week, and having been identified by his son was brought to Chicago for burial, The funeral took place on Sun- day at Oak Woods Cemetery under the direction of the Coyenant Lodge of Free Masons, of which he was a member. The Ship Masters’ Associa'ion of Chicago, of which he was vice-president, was represented by many of the deceased’s old friends and brothers. The Graham & Morton Transportation Co. will build next winter a new side-wheel stcamer to carry 3,000 per- sons. She will be fitted and furnished with all the latest improvements and will be capable of making 20 miles an hour. She is to be ready for use on the Ben- ton Harbor, St. Joseph and Chicago route next summer, and will cost $250,000. _ The steamer C. H. Starke, Capt. W. J. Crosby, ar- rived Monday night with cedar ties from Rogers City, Lake Huron. She hadonan enormous deck load, which was nearly 23 feet above the deck. This is undoubtedly a record breaker. The bodies of Messrs. Coates & Stillson, builders of THE MARINE RECORD. the yacht Artist, who were dfowned about three weeks ago by the capsizing of theit yacht in a squall off South Haven, were picked up near Glenn's pier on Monday. The stocks of grain in Chicago éleyators last Satur- day evening wet'e 15,564,000 biishels of wheat, 1,837,000 bushels of corn, 666,000 bushels of oats, and 55,000 bushels of rye Total, 18,122 000 bushels of all kinds of grain, against 20,495 000 bushels a year ago For the same date the secfetaty of the Chicago board of Trade states the visible supp'y of grain in the United States and Cariada as 38,517,000 bushels of wheat, 4,664,000 bushels of corn, 3,755,000 bushels of oats, 194,000 bushels of rye, and 28,000 bushels of barley. ; Mr. W. H. Scott, for five years past chief clerk of the Lehigh Valley Transportation Co., has resigned to ac- cept a similaf position in the freight departmerit of the Santa Fe Railroad, 212 Clark street, Chicago. Mr. W. J. Colley has been appointed chief clefk of the Lehigh Valley Transportation Co., Chicago. BUFFALO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. This port is just recovering from a month of unprece- dented dullness, during which the river has been used chiefly by the line freight and passenger boats, The grain receipts have been rather small, but an improve- ment in this regardis looked for at once by the brokers, who also anticipate a lively movement of coal from now on, although the shippers say this hope is without foundation. Iron ore has been coming forward freely, and itis hoped this feature is permanent. There is a good deal of interest shown here in the re- port of the army engineers recommending the extension of the breakwater to Stony Point. Lehigh Valley offi- cials are quoted as having said in business conversa: tion that as soon as such an improvement is completed they will at once open a new outlet intothe outer harbor from the head of the ship canal, The law, in the person of the harbor-master, stands by the Northern Steamship Co. in its struggle for dock- age at the foot of Main street, and it is only a question of time when the excursion boats will, as arule, have to seek other quarters for permanent docks. The general sentiment at present seems to favor a construction of a breakwater at The Front by the city, under which these boats could always find shelter. They would be easily accessible to the passengers as well, and would avoid the trouble and delays incident to entering the river. The management of the Northern Line passenger steamers regret that there has been some feeling shown by owners and managers of some of the freight lines over the permission granted them by the Secretary of War to lock through the St. Mary’s Falls canal in pre cedence of freight boats. Assistant General Manager Gordon states that there is no desire to abuse this priy- ilege, and that precedence has several times been sur- rendered to freight boats which would otherwise have lost time in the river below the canal had they been de- layed. These steamers are undoubtedly more of an ad- vertisement for the lakes than any other one branch of trade, and an advertisement in directions which will attract much assistance in the way of general improve- ment of the waterways. This season’s receipts of grain up to August 1 are 37,664,586 bushels, according to custom house reports, nearly 7,000,000 bushels less than last year. Messrs. Cobb & Wattles have issued an excellent chart of Buffalo harbor, which includes a directory of the marine houses, and for which there isalarge demand. The Salvation boat William Booth is in the harbor, having run over from Port Colborne last week. The marine branch of the Army is attracting much atten- tion here. The boat, 72 feet long by 12 feet beam and 6 feet depth. Mr. H. R. Watson, of the firm of Russell & Watson, has just returned from a cruise between Newport News and Providence on the Governor Ames, the largest schooner afloat. The struggle over the fueling question is regarded as about settled. In fact, while the late action of the Lake Carriers’ Association is generally approved, as leaving no loophole for possible violation of the agreement, some of the brokers state that Hedstrom, in offering fuel for $2, did so in all sincerity, as he hasa quantity of good Pittsburg steam coal on his docks which; while all right now, will deteriorate if allowed to lie there too long, and that he is merely trying to realize on it. This firm, however, has been one of the most steadfast in the trial of strength which has just taken place and feel that the members of the agreement have lost nothing by refusing to touch it, even at this price. Everything has at last been arranged for the govern- ment test of the Belleville boilers on the steamship North West. ‘Three officers from the government en- gineering bureau will leave Buffalo on the North West on August 16th, with the necessary testing apparatus. The information that the bureau expresses itself as especially anxious to obtain is the actual weight of coal consumed in the boilers, and the water evaporated there- from, together with the working of the boilers, the space required by them, and the usual repairs that have to be made to them. < Coal shipments for July were 299,660 tons; for the season, 829,829, 215,250 tons less than last year up to August 1, The North West and North Land have been equipped with whistles that have a softer tone than the ones now used. ‘The reason of this change is because they meet so thany boats that wish to salute them, and the old whistles made too much noise. They are now fitted with two sets of whistles. TOLEDO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, One of James Rooney’s scows sank in the sttaight channel last week and was run on to by the John Prid- geon. Thescow was raised Monday and put in Gilmore’s ‘dry dock, both ends being smashed in. * Assistant Engineer W. T. Blunt has been investigat- ing complaints of grotinding near the Cherry street bridge. Better water may be expected there soon. : While coriing itito port last Friday the Massassoit took a sheer and collided with the schooner Sage. The damiage to both was about $600. The Iron Storage Blevator Co. will begin work sooti on its $30,000 elevator on the river front. © Capt. Dachtler’s new yacht Mischief was launched last Thirsday afternoon from Keeley’s wharf: She will sail in the 30-foot class, and was built on the lines of the Stiltana: She is 40 feet long over all, and 23 feet long on the water line, by 10 feet beam and 4 feet depth. She has been pushed to get het into the Put-in-Bay regatta. The C. H. & D. wharves will not receive cargoes from vessels until the water in the river is deepened. ae MILWAUKEE. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, Ann Arbor ferry No. 1, now in ordinary, will again go into commission about September 1. The new awning on the No. 2 greatly improves the accommodations of the boat for the exctirsion btisiness. ‘ a The steamer M. & M. has been getting a thorough re- calking at Manitowoc. She was recently purchased by — Capt. Frank Morris, and will sail from Kewaunee. : The new life-saving stations to be built at Bailey’s Harbor and on Pilot Island will be ready for occupancy before the end of the present season. C. J. Olson, the contractor, is getting out the material at Menominee. The water in Sturgeon Bay is reported very low. Mr. Charles M. Strong will take charge next Satur- day of the Milwaukee station of the weather bureau as chief observer. He has tintil recently had charge of the station at Columhus, O., and has a good record. The roster of the meteorological station after August 10, will be as follows: C. M. Strong, local forecast offi- cial; S. C. Emery, first assistant; L. C. Cover, Jules . Sherier and F. J. Rupert, observers; Albert A. Hoelzel, messenger ; Miss Julia Dorr, stenographer. Capt. Phelps, who lives in this city, and who was for many years captain of the Tioga of the Erie line, re- ferring to the Gilbert-Chemung race, says that under no circumstances can the Western liner Gilbert defeat the Chemung. Next tothe Owego, it has been repeat- edly proved that the Chemung is the fastest liner through the lakes. ‘Only four boilers were in use at the time of the race on St. Clair River, which does away with the statement that the boats were going at full speed. 4 DULUTH AND SUPERIOR. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. © Duluth receipts of coal for July, according to custom house statistics, were 91,136 tons of coal. Shipments were 718,000 bushels wheat, 245,707 barrels flour, 228,774 tons iron ofe, and 24,294,370 feet lumber. Superior received 258,349 tons of coal and shipped 35,- 480 tons of iron ore, 1,243,000 bushels of wheat, 306,960 barrels of flour, and 1,206,000 feet of lumber. Ashland ore shipments for July were 456,653 tons, a little less than the June showing. Two Harbors ship- ments were 307,374 tons. The flour handlers at the Northern Steamship. dock have demanded and received anincrease of pay from 15 to 20 cents per hour. The owners of the Nyanza have libeled the cargo of the steamer, which was hard coal, consigned to the Pioneer Fuel Co., which refused the cargo on complaint that it had been damaged by water. The matter was later settled so that the cargo was allowed tobe un- loaded. The libel asks $2,000 for carrying charges and nine days’ detention during the dispute. The coal handlers struck Saturday for an increase in pay from 40 to 50 cents per hour. They returned to work Monday, but many think the trouble not yet over, - The men on the Northwestern, St. Paul & Western, Youghiogheny and Lehigh coal docks and a few on the Allouez docks of the Northwestern, quit work Wednes- day. The Duluth handlers have not yet joined the strikers. The men are orderly, but violence is appre- hended among the freight-handlers. Things are ata standstill on the Superior docks. : The tug Zenith, of the Singer line, and the B. B. In- man, of the Inman line, had an exciting race last Wednesday night, but both claimed the victory. The race lasted over two hours. The owners of the two tugs are now trying to arrange a race in full sight of Duluth bacber for almost any distance from one to a hundred miles. Last week 22,000,000 feet of lumber was sold to Chicago and lower lake ports, chiefly for this season’s delivery. Over 2,500,000 feet has also been sold to go to the West Indies. : A new warehouse to cost $100,000 will be built on the

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