Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), August 8, 1895, p. 5

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E to Lake Erie preity soon be received until 5 p, m., on Ang. 12. site now occupied by the Northern Fuel Co.’s No. 2 dock by the Northern Pacific Railway Co. In the case of H. J. Redmeyer, libelant, against the schooner of H. N. Emilie, Kugene La Chance and Krick Erickson, intervenors, Judge Nelson has filed an order in the office of the federal court requiring theintervenor Erickson and one Gallagher to show cause on the first Tuesday in September, at Minneapolis, why the sale of the schooner to Gallagher, which took place in Duluth week before last for $50, should not be vacated and set aside. The United States marshal is’ also enjoined against selling or moving the schooner or any of its fit- tings. [his is the schooner which the collector seized about a year ago on the suspicion that it was engaged in opium smuggling. Ghe originally cost $2,000, and through litigation Redmeyer, the owner and builder, has about lost his all. _ rt 0 THE FREIGHT SITUATION. While the eff ct of the miners’ strike is still noticeable in ore freights, the vessels have succeeded in obtaining 90 cents from the head of Lake Superior, and look for further adyance as soon as'the production again reaches its normal stage The figures given regarding the re- ceipts of ore during July, will agzregate over 1,200,000 tons in the Cleveland customs district alone, indicate that, the total of ore shipped by water will be between nine and ten million tons. The season is passing rapidly, and the demand for boats is still active. Efforts to ob‘ain 35 cents on coal to the head of the lakes have so far been frustrated, owing to several 5 causes—the of the handlers, the amount cove: ed by cheap contract, and by the number of owners tied up on contract ore, who must furnish their boats at the up- per docks with a certain regularity which necessitates them securing cargoes of coal, when possible, in order to. retain the proper schedule} for their vessels. ‘There have been vexatious delays at some of the unloading docks, however, and owners fight shy of coal when they find they can hurry back and getore. They look fora large quantity of coal to gv this fall, and feel that better prices can be obtained later on. The shippers, on the other hand, are not hurrying their coal to Lake Superior just now, on account of the uncertain labor conditions. One shipper received advices Wednesday from his Du- luth dock, that while it semed imprvubable that there would be any trouble on that dock, now was a good time to send asmuch of his coal. to Lake Michigan as he could conveniently, and withont advancing the rate. A large amount of both hard and soft coal will pro- bably go to Chicago as soon as the grain shipments be- gin in earnest, as shippers can then find boats who will be more dispo-ed to go to Lake Michigan than at present. Renewed shipments of ore from Escanaba will also help, but Milwaukee receipts of coal are about up to the average. Duluth is already preparing to ship large quantities of wheat. Charters have already been tendered by* ship- pers at 3 cents, to be carried during the first week in September, and itis believed some charters have been closed at that figure. This, making all allowances for possible shoriages, and for the trouble of cleaning out the boats, is as good as $1.05 on ore, and it seems that the dollar mark on that product must be reached soon. The visible supply of grain at Chicago is steadily grow- ing, and chartering begins to be fairly lively there. Lumber freights continue to grow in strength. The vessels ore obtaining $2 on lumber from the head of Lake, Superior to Chicago, and expect to get that much Late large sales have given the market a bullish movement in excess of that in any other class of bulk lake freight, and the owners of the classes of vessels adapted to this trade feel corr. spond- ingly cheerful. ne CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION. Applicants for the positions of marine letter carriers on Detroit River, will undergo a civil service examina- tion at Detroit, Saturday, August 17. ‘Applications will The duties of the position require courage and experience in the particu- lar line demanded, and each applicant should be careful to make no claim of ability or experience beyond his power to demonstrate on trial, as no inexperienced per- son could fill it if selected for appointment. The service demanded is only for the season of navigation. rr + + a Mr. Harvey D. Goulder has gone on a fishing trip to Lake Superior. THE MARINE RECORD A LAUNCH AT CRAIG’S. Continued from Ninth Page, astern. She has four large boilers built by the Globe Iron Works Co., of Cleveland, which’ will develop 2,000 horse-power. She is fitted with all the latest improved equipment. ‘There is a large amount of timber in her. The keelsons are three in number, each 15 inches thick, with a steel plate 4 feet by 34 inch thick on the side of the keelsons. Three rows of stanchions have been placed under the deck beams. A steel chord at the head of the stanchions is connected with a steel chord on the keelsons by diagonal straps 44 by 54 inches. The ont- Side planking is 5, and the ceiling 8 inches thick. The sides are also didgonally strapped from a double chord to under the turn of the bilge. The Shenango No. 2 will be hurried on to completion and will probably be an exact duplicate of the No. 1. BIGJOBS AT BUFFALO. Work on the Union Liner Owego is well on toward completion at the Union Dry-dock, Buffalo. She is one of the largest insurance jobs that have been seen on the lakes. About 40 plates had to be taken off, and about 15 of these replaced with new material. A number of broken frames were also found. The little steam-barge C. W. Chamberlain got a new wheel. The steamer S. F. Hodge went into dock on Saturday night for repairs to an extensive bottom damage, received at Frying Pan Island. At Mills’ dry-dockthe steamer H. EK. Packer has been getting some bottom repairs Some jobs of calking have also been done at that dock. < OTHER REPAIR WORK: At Detroit the tug Torrent, which had her house scraped off in the St. Clair cut by the Yukon’s tow line, has been entirely repaired and is again in commission, the work being done at John Oades’ yard. At that yard the schooner Col. Ellsworth is receiving a thorough overhauling this week, and the steam-yacht Roberta is having her bottom cleatied and painted. The steamer Iron King had some work done to her machinery at the Detroit Dry-dock’s engine works. The tug Kittie Haight has been getting ey oy to her crankpin and cylinder. The damage to the steamer Nyauza'3 is so extensive as to keep her in dock four or five weeks. Capt. Dan Mc- Leod has been representing the underwriters in a survey of her damages. She isin the West Superior dry-dock. The spar deck, half the main deck, and 60 feet of her starboard side must be replaced at a cost of $18,000. The hole made in the side of the steamer Alva, near the foot of the Hay Lake Cut, is 16 feet square, and the work of patching is necessarily slow. <A strong current setting around her bow has made the job particularly slow and expensive. She will proceed to South Chicago and will go into dry-dock there when unloaded. Her stern rests on the bottom and her bow in four fathoms of water. The barge 117, which inflicted the damage, was also badly hurt about the stem, her forward compart- ment being full of water. The Alva has been one of the most expensive boats for the underwriters this season. She was stranded at the time of the collision, but the force of. the blow forced her off into deeper.water where she settled. The biggest repair job made necessary from strand- ing widl probably be on the steamer. Kaliyuga, which fetched up on Bois Blanc Island, after just missing Poe’s Reef.. She went upon a rocky shore, and an ex- pensive lightering job was necessary before she could be released. The Mariposa is getting a new wheel at the Ship- Owners’ Dry-dock. The tug Niagara is being overhauled at Bay City. The schooner Lady Jane is hauled up at the Co-Oper- ative shipyard at Grand Haven for repairs. The steamer Burlington was at the Riverside Engine Works Tuesday for some repairs to her machinery. The Dahlke tug J. R. Worswick has been raised from the bottom.opposite Cleveland, and is being thoroughly repaired by the Standard Contracting Co., a half inter- est in her being sold to D. P. Jones, superintendent of that company. Her machinery is getting a thorough overhauling and rebuild. About $500 worth of repairs are being made to the barge Alvina, which was dam- aged by fire last Thursday night in Cleveland. The Clover Leaf liner John Pridgeon punched a hole in her bow at Toledo by striking a sunken scow, and is receiving repairs there. ‘The repair. bill to the Arthur Orr will reach $8,000. The schooner Agnes had a leak stopped at Detroit. The ‘Tilden received the same attention at Port Huron. At Sault Ste. Marie, James Pullar has been making a number of improvements at his shipyard, just below the Little Rapids. A new set of ways have been laid, and boats up to 140 feet in length can be pulled out and repaired. Mr. Pullar has had thirty years experience, and has built a number of boats.’ At this yard the tug. W. B. Watson is receiving a thorough overhauling. She will be recalked and will get a new shaft. The tug Richard R. Endress got a new wheel there recently. ED ee OO FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. Stage of water at the Sault at 8 a. m. Aug. 8, 14 feet 4 inches. The last cut stone on the new Sault lock was laid on Monday of last week, without ceremony. Dredge No. 6 sank in the river below the Erie avenue viaduct at Lorain Wednesday. She is being raised. — Various dates, including August 15 and September 1, are now announced for the opening of the Canadian Sault canal. Claims of Cleveland, Toledo and Buffalo parties against the steamer Berewevury aggregating $5,000, have been paid off. It is quite probable that the government will blow up the wrecked schooner Republic, which is a menace to navigation off Lorain. ; Angus Smith, the Milwaukee grain man, will retire from business within thirty days, having leased his four elevators to the Wisconsin Grain & Elevator Co. for five years. Ashtabula’s city council will act upon the suggestions of the Lake Carriers’ Association, and will dredge the river at that port to a depth commensurate with the new twenty-foot channel. The hull of the old schooner-New York, of Oswego, which was wrecked 55 years ago near Point Traverse, has just been found in four fathoms of water, halfa mile fromshore. Nine men lost their lives in this wreck. Capt. Visgar, of Alexandria Bay, brought suit against John D. Rockefeller, who had ordered a yacht made ready for him and then failed to appear for his ride. The captain demanded $25 for his trouble, which was paid in settlement of the suit. Major M. B. Adams, engineer of the eleventh light- house district, has given notice to owners of buildings on the Saginaw Pier lighthouse reservation to remove them before January 21, 1896, This order includes the offices of the Michigan Log Towing Association. The Alpena Pioneer is authority for the statement that the tug Sigisson, recently sold to Détroit parties, brought only $300, and that Capt. John Pringle, who took her to Detroit, charged the stranded steam-barge Atlantis $50 more than that for pulling her off the beach. This sounds pretty steep both ways. Ashtabula is still the greatest ore receiving port in the world. The July receipts were 487,172 tons. ° For April the receipts were 1,905 tons; May, 338, 859; June, 405,022, a total of 1,232,958 tons for this season. ‘There were 395 arrivals and 398 clearances eae ci month. Coal shipments were 139,534 tons. An insurance broker in Chicago writes: ‘‘We can not write insurance at any rate on vessels rated. A2)z. “They now are practically shut out of the trade. It is difficult to cover vessels rated A2 and after September, even they probably will have to seek other channels of trade. This is rather hard on those who.own such ves- sels, as some of those rated A2 are good boats.”’ During one day (24 hours) of last week, Thursday, thirty-seven trains delivered 19,878 gross tons of ore at the Two Harbors docks, and on the following day vessels cleared carrying 35,700 gross tons. These receipts and shipments are largely in excess of any previous records for a single day. Shipments of ore from Ashland for the season up to and including Saturday, July 20, aggre- gated 1,122,071, gross tons. The shipments of lumber from Saginaw River during July were 12,219,000 feet against 24,000,000 for the same month last year. The lumber shipments for the season from the river were but 61,450,000 feet, being 13,000,000 feet less than for the same period last year. Only 650, 000 pieces of lath and 270,000 shingles have been moved by water from the river so far this season. Lumber re- ceipts at Bay City were 6,631,988 feet, of which 2,000,- 000 feet came from Canada.

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