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.

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