Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), August 15, 1895, p. 9

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. planking down from THE MARINE RECORD. g ns I nrcoecnceneeeeeeeenneneemeeeenereeeeeeeee nee en ev ee The Standard Contracting Co. has found it impossible to rebuild the J. R. Worswick, and a new hull will be built next winter into which the Worswick’s machinery will be put. The Castalia struck an obstruction at the Sault and needs some repairs, which will not be made until the close of the season. BuFFALO.—The Owego has left dry-dock at Buffalo, re- pairs to her damage catised by striking Racine Reef being almost $20,000, The S. F. Hodge is getting 40 feet of new keel, new fore-foot, repairs to her stern- bearings, and a new stack. Her machinery will also be repaired, the whole costing: about $900. Other work lately done has been two new pieces of garboard put into the steamer Walter Vail, besides a new wheel and some calking ; six plates were taken off the E). P. Wil- bur, four being replaced wilh new ones; and the C.P. Mitch received new jibboom, stem, bowsprit, knight- heads, rail and stanchions ; the light-house tender Haze is getting new foremast and stern bearings. CHICAGO.—The steamer Alva has been floated, two weeks after her collision, in the Sault, and will come to Chicago to unload and be repaired. The W. & M. barge which punched a hole incherself when launched at West Bay City, has been pumped out, and will come here for re- pairs. The repair bill of the steamer Arthur Orr was only between $600 and $700, while it has been reported at as many thousands. At Miller Bros.’ ship- yard, the steamer Al- legheny received a new wheel and re- pairs to her steru- bearings... The stedmer Progress had» some _ bottom planking put in and her stern repaired. The tug Monitor had her stern-bearings lined up. DuLutH.—The re- pairs to the steamer Nyanza will require about three weeks yet. It was found necessary tocut the the rail to the turn of the bilge, and re- move the planking for about 50 feet on either side of the damaged section, to- gether with nine frames and the steel trusses,and about 100 feet of deck. Repairs are being made with white oak plank from Kentucky. The ship will be entirely recalked, and will receive new steel stringers. Barge 117, which collided with the Alvain the Sault, arrived Tuesday night and is receiving repairs at the American Steel Barge Co.’s yards. MARINE City.—The Point Abino, which had her cabins scorched at Cleveland, has been getting them’ repaired here. DeErrorr.—Wreckers will make an examination this week of the wreck of the steamer Britannic, which was sunk at 5 o’clock last Friday afternoon by collision with the steamer Russia. The Britannic was ore-laden and was struck amidships, and was cut more than half in two. She was abandoned to the underwriters, who hold risks as follows, and who have asked for bids from wreckers: Western Assurance, $15,000; British Ameri- can, Greenwich and Union Marine, $10,000 each; Detroit, St. Paul, Security and Marine, $5,000 each, The Russia was found to have 27 of her frames broken or bent, and an equal number of plates will have to come off. She was patched tip at Detroit and proceeded for Green Bay. The Iron Age and John Oades had their wheels tight- ened in the Detroit dry-dock. ‘The Louis Pahlow is get- ting her machinery repaired at the dry-dock engine works. Port Huron.—The Mineral Rock has been getting some necessary repairs at the Wolverine dry-dock. The schooner C, N. Johnson, which’ has been lying scuttled at the Owen salt block, at Marine City, was raised last week and brotight here, and is béing overhauled at the Wolverine. STURGEON Bay.—Leathem & Snrith have been fitting outthe A. J. Wright with a new rudder. This firm has bid in the wrecked steamer Hurd, which sank the Cay- uga, at U. S. marshal’s sale, at Harbor Springs, for $750 and will tow her here and rebuild her. CHANNEL IRON SYSTEM OF CONSTRUCTION. (ILLUSTRATED.) The channel iron system of construction is excellently shown in the accompanying illustration, which pictures the methods employed in the building of the large new steel steamer which the Cleveland Ship Building Co. is putting up for the Wilson Transit Co. There has been a good deal of controversy, pro andcon, upon the merits CHANNEL SYSTEM* OF CONSTRUCTION. | (Showing keel, keelsons, intercostals and floors.) of this system, as compared with the old style of using angle irons on steel plates. The channel system is the invention of Mr. Sinclair Stuart, of the United States Standard Register of Shipping, and has been used in the yards of the Cleveland Ship Building Co., the Chica- go Ship Building Co., and F. W. Wheeler & Co., in build- ing the Yale, Penobscot, Malta, Marcia, Aurania, Kearsarge, Zenith City and Victory. The channel sys- tem certainly saves a large amount of riveting, and its advocates claim that it gives the shipa greater rigidity where it is most needed, and where rivet heads shear off most. This matter of extra strength, however, is dis- puted by some builders. The saving in rivets is effected by riveting the flanges of the channeled iron together direct, instead of using angle pieces. The illustration shows the turn of the bilge in the foreground, no frames being yet set up. The frames will attach where the temporary wooden stringer is seen. rrr I HYDROGRAPHIC CHARTS Of Lakes Erie, Ontario, Superior, Huron, and St.Mary’s, St. Clair and Detroit Rivers, for sale at the office of the MariInE Recorp, No. 144 Superior street, Cleveland. Prices 75 and 50 cents each. DOMINION NOTES, A $20,000 dock will be built at North Bay this summer. The new dry-dock at Owen Sound will be 430 feet in length. The total expenditureon Canadian canals for the year ending June 30 was $3,690,647. The new steamer of the Ottawa River Navigation Co. is known as the Duchess of York. She is 160 feet long by 41 feet beam on the main deck. The schooner Kagle Wing, formerly of Port Huron, now of Sarnia, was sold at Chatham, Ont., this week for $31.75, subject toall claims against her, which amount to $500. The Port Stanley, Ont., council have asked the Do- minion parliament to grant the Lake Erie & Detroit River Railway a bonus of $3,200 per mile to extend their railroad from Ridgetown to connect with the London & Port Stanley. People down on the docks, about 8:30 Saturday even- ing, witnessed quite a tangle in the river. The steamer Dominion and barge werelying at the Grand Trunk dock and swung out into the stream to goonup. As they did so a whale- back with two cigar boats in tow came up stream, and the Dominion had conse- quently to stop her machinery to _ pre- vent crowding the whalebacks over upon'the Middle Ground. Back of the three cigar boats came the Alberta on her regular up trip, and she, too, had to slow cown, to avoid punching a hole into the towbarge attach- ed to the Dominion. In the midst of this tangle the ferry boat Beard started out from the dock on this side and crossed the bows of the Domin- ion, narrowly escap- ing running down the marine reporter, whose boat was hid- den behind the Do- minion; only a swift turn of the Beard’s rudder saved him. The Conger, too, was at the same time busy crossing the bows of the Al- berta, and altogether the river was about as full of boats as was comfortable.— Sarnia Post. THE North German Lloyd Co. are doing some building this year. The report is that they will build two vessels for the transatlantic trade, and four for their China fleet. THE International Navigation Co. announce that Capt. J. C. Jamieson, of the steamship New York, has been appointed commander of the steamship St. Paul, which, it is expected, will be ready for service next month. rr 2 m+ re WORK ON LIFE-BOATS. Gen. Gupt. S. I. Kimball, of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, is in Michigan ona trip of inspection to three different establishments in that state where life-boats are being built for the government. The Wyandotte Boat Co. has already delivered two and 1s constructing four more 26-foot boats of the Monomory pattern, cost- ing $261 each. At Port Huron the Wolverine Dry-Dock Co. is building twelve 34-footers of Honduras mahogany, self-bailing, self-righting water ballast and center- board, which cost $1,800 each. At St. Joseph the Trus- cott Boat Manufacturing Co. is building twelve Beebe surf-boats, of white cedar, 27 feet long, and costing $200 each. The aggregatecost of the work reaches $26,166,

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