Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), August 15, 1895, p. 4

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ee — NEWS AROUND THE LAKES. ee —— SSS eoeaeaoeaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeSTYT oom CLEVELAND. The pile-driving on the extension to the north basin of the Ship Owners’ dry-dock will be finished to-day, the 15th, and the work of timbering will begin at once. It is hoped to have this entirely completed by Sep- tember 1. i : The work of building a sounding board on the land- ard side of the fog signal, to keep the sound off the city and’ to give it greater intensity lakeward, is almost finished. : : : The Canadian schooner Dauntless, which was tied up by the Collector of Customs on complaint of the revenue steamer Fessenden, on charge of refusing to show her papers, got off with a $10 fine on the representation of her master that there was no intention of violating the Jaw. This schooner was seized last year at Port Huron, and was sold by the U. S. Marshal for $125, according to the Port Huron Herald. The Yale Transit Co. has been incorporated under the laws of Ohio, with a capital stock of $210,000, with head- quarters at Willoughby, and with R. R. Rhodes. W. C. Rhodes, Robert Wallace, John H. Bartow and Frank S. Masten as incorporators. River thugs are getting in their work again. ‘Two of them desperately assaulted Engineer Botes, of the steamer Rube Richards, with intent to rob him, T1es- day afternoon, on Whisky Island. Both were after- wards arrested. : The steamer Lewiston, drawing 15 feet 7 inches, got ground on the east side of the river, north of Lake Shorebridge, Monday night. Col. Smith expects to _ have a government dredge at work here soon. A large structure is attracting considerable attention just below Willow street bridge. It is the crib of the new light-house at Sandusky, and is 50 feet square. It is being built by L. P. & J. A. Smith, who expect to have it completed in time to tow it to Sandusky in two weeks. The vessel interests cannot push too rapidly their ef- forts to secure the widening of the Old River Bed be- tween Willow street bridge and the main river. The new 432-foot boat on which the Globe Iron Works Co. is about to begin work would not be able to get out of the river bed when completed were the contemplated improvements not carried into effect. The center pier on the Willow street bridge should be taken out entirely, and not placed at one side of the present cut, as has been proposed. Such a change as that wouldonly bea makeshift of which any city administration might well be ashamed, and would answer for only a couple of years at best. The Valley bridge, with its huge piling obstructions, is, of course, almost certain to be super- seded by astructure which will not interfere so out- rageously with navigation, now that the litigation over the possession of the road is over. The steamer Riverside is building up a good trade be- tween Cleveland and Lorain. She makes two trips each day, leaving Cleveland at 10 a. m. and 6 p. m. : CHICAGO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, Carr & Blair chartered this week the John F. Eddy for corn to Buffalo at 1%c.; the Progress for wheat to Buffalo at 1%4c.; the A. G. Lindsay, wheat to Buffalo at 15c.; the Frank IL. Vance, corn, South Chicago to Buffalo atl%c. J.G. Keith & Co. chartered the P. J. Ralph for wheat to Buffalo at 15gc.; barge Harold, corn to Buffalo at 154c.; the Neosho, corn to Buffalo at 1%c. Palmer, Cook & Calbick chartered the White & Friant and consort Lizzie A. Law for wheat to Toledo at 1c.; the Fred Pabst for corn to Buffalo at 1%c.; schooner Sunrise, corn, to Point Edward at1%c. P. H. Fleming & Co. chartered the Ionia, H. S. Pickands ‘and Marengo for wheat to Detroit at 1%c. Capt. Thomas Hansen of the schooner W. O. Good- man, was drowned last week at Manistee and his body was found on Monday. ‘The deceased had been master of the schooner Goodman ten years and had been in the employ of Capt. William Johnson, her owner, 18 years. He also sailed Capt. Johnson’s schooners Olga, Ida, Alice and Clara. He had been sailing ont of Chicago about 30 years and was much respected. His remains will be brought to Chicago for burial. Many flags were at half mast on vessels in Chicago River Monday and Tuesday out of respect to the deceased. The Goodman arrived here from Manistee Tuesday morning in charge of the mate. Mosher T. Greene, President of the Chicago Lumber Co., was accidentally drowned last Friday, by the cap- sizing of a row boat in the lake, off Highland Park. _§. Lorenson, a coachman, who was in the boat, was also drowned. Mr. Greene could swim, but Lorenson could not, and Mr. Greene, in trying to save him, lost his own life. The schooner William Aldrich was dismasted by colli- sion with the Metropolitan Elevated railway bridge over Chicago River, near Jackson street, Monday morning at 9 o’clock. ‘The schooner was in tow of the tug J. R. McGordon, bound up the South Branch with a cargo of hardwood lumber. The tug and schooner passed safely through the draw of Jackson street bridge, but the rail- way bridge failed to open in response to the tug’s sig- nals, and before the schooner could be stopped she a THE MARINE RECORD. crashed into the bridge and carried away her jib-boom and three masts. Very fortunately none of the crew were injiired by the falling spars and gear. BUFFALO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. The new Lake Shore elevator began business Monday. The North West broke all previous records for speed on the last trip down from Duluth. Her time was 52 hours and 5 minutes. When she arrived at Detroit to take on fuel she was over two hours ahead of schedule time, but she stopped to take on fuel. About fifty canal men met on West Seneca street last Friday to protest and pass resolutions against what is termed the conspiracy of the railroad and elevator peo- ple to crush out the canals of the state. The resolutions demand practically the reversion to the people of the charters of the New York Central, the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg, the Erie, Lackawanna, Delaware & Hud- son, and other railroads. The preamble recites that while the canals have been carrying grain 500 miles for the unprecedentedly low rates of 1% to 2c. per bushel, the elevators have been extorting, for the mere work of transferring grain from lake vessels to canal boats, and from the boats. to ocean steamships, 2%c, per bushel, over and above what is paid to shovelers for feeding the elevator legs and trimming cargo. The resolutions are to be printed in circular form and distributed through- out the state. ASHTABULA HARBOR. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Shenango car ferry No. lis expected to be delivered at Conneaut.Thursday. She is billed to carry an excur- sion on the 22d, and will soon enter upon her regular trade. Several young men are negotiating with Capt. John P. Devney for the purchase of the yacht Unique. They expect, if they buy her, to fit her out with regulation yachting sails. The Unique formerly belonged to the Cleveland Yacht Club, and won the pennant for three consecutive seasons. iy The expense of repairing the four big hoists which were blown down by Sunday evening’s storm is reckoned at more than $5,000. Jacob Strader’s yacht, the Alice B, is still on the stocks at the Laird shipyard. He contemplates adding ten feet to her length, which would make her abont forty feet long, and would contribute greatly to her looks and speed. DETROIT. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, Capt. Hilger, of the mail boat Florence B. has been criticised somewhat because he crossed the tow line of the barge 102 last Wednesday. The line tightened up just as the Florence was crossing, and she bent her rud- der and shoe. She was repaired at once and missed very little time. Capt. Hilger explains that he did not run the risk carelessly, but found himself in a pocket, and this was his only chance of getting clear. The tug Dave and Mose was sold by the U.S. Marshal last Thursday afternoon. The Davis Fish Co. bid her in for $400. Diver Quinn recovered the body of the wrecked Brit- annica’s fireman Saturday. His name was Charles Lindner, and he shipped two weeks ago at Fairport. He had been caught by wreckage in the stairway and held fast. Capt. ER. M. Peck has just returned from Cleveland, where he has been letting the contract for a new steel schooner, to tow behind the S. R. Kirby next season. He says this is not a sign of prosperity, but a sign that those who put their money into what was paying ton- nage a few years ago, have to take this way of adding to their steamers’ capacity to make them pay, with the present low freights and low water. She will be built on the general model of the Minnesota schooners and the new Corrigan barge Aurania, and will carry the small stack aft, which makes the Malta and Marcia look like weak-lunged steambarges. SAULT STE, MARIE. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, Officials in charge of the work at the Canadian canal deny all knowledge of the rumored opening on Thurs- day, andit is probable that they would be informed if it were to take place on that date. The opening will certainly not be far distant, however, as the channel is being buoyed above and below, and two dredges are at work above and below the lock. Proposals for furnishing labor, materials and appli- ances for removing shoals from the east and west ap- proaches of St. Mary’s Falls canal, and shoals from Six-Mile Point, Hay Lake and Shoal 29, section 4, ship channel, will be received at Gen. Poe’s office, Detroit, until September 6. C. Culhane, who is conducting extensive lumbering operations in Luce County, near the Two Heart River has 40,000,000 feet of standing pine yet to work into lumber. He has a standard-gauge logging railway 11 miles in length which is thoroughly equipped. It runs south from the river. Mr. Culhane has just closeda contract with Chesbrough Bros. to haul about 10,000,000 feet of logs to the river this fall.. The Soo Mill Lumber ret and C. K. Ainsworth are engaged in sawing his logs ere. SS SANDUSKY. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. One of the straight channel dredges has been em ployed at the mouth of the bay this week. o. Mr. Harry Molyneaux received from New York, las Monday morning, a handsome naptha launch, about 25 feet long, and it was placed in the water at the Big Fou docks. It has been named the Hattie C., and was a once put into commission. ee The Bennett Bros. Lumber Co. Has leased from the Big Four Railroad Co., the property once occupied by the Ayers Lumber Co., and later by Hawes & Williams Work was begun last Monday at rebuilding the Ayers dock, and dredges will at once deepen the wate around this dock, and connect it with the main channel LORAIN. | s Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. = People turned out by the hundreds to see the stea canal-boat Alpha and her five consorts leave for Ne: York Sunday morning under the escort of the tug Harris, and carrying about 1,600 tons of steel rails fo New York. The Lorain people watch the line with a great deal of interest, for a direct counection with New York, without breaking bulk of freight, means a great deal to all the lower lake ports. After the barges got outside it was found their rudder surface was insufficient and they set out for Cleveland to have this remedied. Their greatest need of rudder surface is in the canal, where they must steer quickly to handle with success. The crib of the 64-foot extension to the west pier has fust been placed, and is now being filled with stone, brought here by the Dan Kunz and A. Y. Gowen. i: The steamer American Kagle has been chartered by the employes of the Johnson steel works for an excur- sion to Put-in-Bay next Sunday. If the government announces in advance when the wrecked barge Republic will be blown up, excursions will be run to see the explosion. The dredge Continental is doing some very lively work at this port. The schooner Red, White and Blue is being fitted out and will probably clear in a few days. rr FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. There were only 13 cargoes of coal passing through ~ the Welland in 30 days. ae Capt. McDougall estimates the loss to the Lake Su- perior fleet by low water at $10,000 per day. The schooner Jessie Phillips has been tied up at Mil- waukee on aclaim for seamen’s wages, amounting to $140. : ae Sailors’ wages on Lake Michigan are still $1.50 per day, but the men are paid off as soon as the vessel reaches port. ; = 7 Capt. John Rooney’s dredge will to-day finish remov- — ing the humps in Toledo harbor, near the Ohio Central docks, about which so much fuss has been made for a week past. Rc John Maher, of Bay City, and James McGregor, of — Saginaw, both received patents on water tube boilers this week. The latter had J. L. Jackson associated with him. Last Saturday was the 54th anniversary of the burn- ing of the steamer Erie off Silver Creek, N. Y., with a loss of 250 lives. The Erie was at one time the finest boat on the lake. The docks of the Skillings, Whitney & Barnes Lum- ber Co. were burned at Ogdensburg, last Friday morn- ing. The fire, besides heavy damage tothe dock, de- stroyed 10,000,000 feet of lumber. The F. & P. M. steamers have had a shaking up. The- No. 5 has been placed in ordinary, and her master, Capt. John Gee, has been placed in command of the No. 1, Capt. Nolan taking No. 2, Capt. Joseph Russell No. 3, and Capt. John J. Doyle No. 4. Again there is loud complaint about low water in the Welland Canal. The McVittie had to lighter 5,300 bushels of grain before she could get through. The natural gas pipes on the bottom suffer a good deal of damage by vessels dragging on them. The idea of breaking ice and driving it out of the way by means of a propeller wheel on the bow is said — to have originated with Capt. J. W. Millen, who dis- covered its efficacy when a tug man, and often passed — through ice blockades by driving his tug stern first. The Secretary of the Treasury Department has ap- — pointed KRugene V. Kimball first assistant, and Patrick J. McCoulie second assistant keeper of the light station at Seul Choix Pointe; and Charles Schultz first assis- tant keeper at White Fish Point, vice Alonzo I. Kim- ball, resigned. All charts of all portions of the lakes supplied | promptly by THE MARINE RecorD, No. 144 Superior St.

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