Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), August 22, 1895, p. 4

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4 NEWS AROUND THE LAKES. Ne The proposed cut in tie west arm of the breakwater has been pretty thoroughly blasted out, and the gov- ernment dredge Maumee is expected down from Detroit © inside of a weet #6 take gusthe debris. Harry B. Strong has so d the fishing tug W. W. Rich- ardson to Harvey J. Kendall and others, of Port Huron. General Supt. S. I. Kimball and District Supt. E. E. Chapman, of the life-saving service, visited the local station this week. A number of improvements are planned. es The little steamer Trio, of Port Clinton, has been en- gaged by State Game Warden Buntain to watch the fishermen, and she is patroling the Ohio coast. It is probable that some sort of anagreement will be reached which will render this unnecessary after a few weeks. The yacht Neva was libeled at Sandusky Tuesday by Capt. Collins, who claims $25 wages for sailing herin the Put-in-Bay regatta. There is talk of arrangements being made by the Northern Steamship Co. with the Pennsylvania Co. for a landing at the outer harbor next summer. While all this is very much in embryo, the Northern Steamship management openly avow their aversion to entering rivers, and say they would prefer lake front dock at any - port, if it were sufficiently protected. : The Pennsylvania Co. will extend its o'd river bed dock facilities by improving 90 feet more of the front- age, which will afford additional storage capacity for nearly 100,000 tons of ore. . CHICAGO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. The Union Line steamer Rochester, intow of the tug Mosher, going up the South Branch of Chicago River last Thursday collided with the schooner Cape Horn, lying in the river near 16th street, and carried away the schooner’s jib-boom. The schooner Winnie Wing, in tow of the tug Protec- tion, when going up the river Saturday morning col- lided with Madison street bridge and had her jibboom, cathead and jibstays carried away. The captain of the tug claims that the bridge was closed back upon the schooner after it had been partly swnng open. The fine tug J. C. Perrett, Capt.Thos. Chron, has gone to South Chicago to await the arrival of the Lake Michigan Car Ferry Transportation» Co.’s Car Ferry No.1 recently built by James Davidson at Bay City. The Perrett has been purchased by the company to tow Car Ferry No. 1, also No. 2, which is nearly completed, between South Chicago and Peshtigo. The two car ferries will each carry 28 loaded cars and will be towed at the rate of 8 niles an hour by the Perrett. The water route from South Chicago to Peshtigo is 240 miles and the boats will make the round trip in five days. : The steamer Santa Maria, Capt. Kugene Rathbun, made her maiden visit to this port Saturday afternoon with 1,000,000 feet of lumber from Ashland. Her con- sorts the Teutonia and Thomas Gawn, also brought along 1,300,000 feet between them. Nearly 4,000 tons of Black Horse coal has been un- loaded at the O. S. Richardson Fueling Co.’s Market street dock during the past week from the steamer Alcona and consort Alta and the steamer Mary A. McGregor. The Vessel Owners’ Towing Co.’s tug Calumet towed one of the American Hydraulic Dredging Co.’s large dredges, 8-pipe scows and one coal scow from the drain- age canal to Waukegan, where they will be employed to dredge out the harbor at Tacoma, Wash., ata cost of $6,000,000. Capt. George W. Girdon, one of the most préminent navigators in the country, died at his home at Chicago, Friday, aged81. He was for 20 years chairman of the local board of United States steam vessel inspectors. Palmer, Cook & Calbick have chartered the W. H. Wolf for corn to Buffalo at 1%c.; the Fred Pabst for oats, South Chicago to Buffalo at 13c. Carr & Blair chartered the W. H. Gratwick for corn to Buffalo at 13¢c, Capt. John Prindiville chartered the A. Weston, Eleanor and Jenette for corn to Port Huron at 1%c.; the Can- isteo for clipped oats to Buffalo at 1¥c.; the Stewart for wheat to Cleveland at 2c.; the Pomeroy for wheat to Toledo at 1%c. P. H. Fleming & Co. chartered the Ogemaw and James Mowatt for 65,000 bushels of wheat to Toledo at 13%{c. Wiley M. Egan chartered the steam- ers City of Rome and Samoa and schooner Northwest for corn to Buffalo at 13,c. J. G. Keith & Co. chartered the C. S. Parnell, Thomas Davidson and E. C. Pope for corn to Buffalo at 13%c.; Marion, corn to Kingston at 3c.; Mary A. McGregor, clipped oats to Port Huron at 1c. : BUFFALO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, Captain Simon O’Day has resigned as master of the S. F. Hodge and Capt. John Cassin, formerly of the Empire State, goesin her. It is understood that Fer- ral Bros. have bought Capt. O’Day’s interest in the Hodge. The new steering gear on the tug Cascade was tried Monday and gave good satisfaction. It is of the Welch ‘George Porter and others, THE MARINE RECORD. pattern, and is similar to the gear of the tugs Fabian and Babcock, except that the machinery is placed aft instead of in the pilot house. The hatchet seems to be buried for all time by the Northern Steamship Co. and the excursion boats. It is now said that the excursion boat owners and managers have been invited for a trip on the Northern Line boats. A lively legal fight over the Shrewsbury has just ended. In Qctober, 1893, the Shrewsbury, owned by which was plying between here and the Falls, was repaired by Walsh & O’Day, ship carpenters, and her machinery altered by R. W. Akin. Shortly afterwards she was sold to Toledo par- ties, ane has since been in the excursion business there. She got into debt and owing to some controversy over the terms of her purchase, she was put into the hands of a receiver, through an Ohio court. - Proctor Josiah Cook then libeled her on behalf of Walsh & O’Day and Akin; the claims amounting to $1,000. The Shrewsbury was sold by order of the Ohio court, but immediately after her sale was seized on behalf of the Buffalo claim- ants, whose action has been sustained by the United States court. The money was paid over last Saturday. The fleet of steel canal boats arrived here safely Wednesday, after a good but slow passage from Cleve- land, the delay being chiefly due to caution in navigat- ing. They began their canal trip Thursday evening. They attracted considerable attention while here, espe- cially from the canal boatmen, who are less inclined to look upon them as competitors than as co-workers in the developmént of the canal trade. J. J. Albright’s seagoing yacht Sapphire has arrived at her home port for the first time. She was built for President A. ly. Barber, of the Barber Asphalt Co., and has twice changed hands. by 19% feet beam, and a draft of 9% feet. She has a triple-expansion engine and a large Cramp boiler. She is schooner rigged. Mr. Albright expects to use her » chiefly on the St. Lawrence River and the coast. DETROIT. * Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. The small steamer J. H. Pauly has been sold to Capt. McLachlan, former master of the City of Detroit, and A. A. Gray, of Gray, Toynton & Fox. 3 : By order of the underwriters, Parker & Millen are displaying the proper lights at night on the wreck of the Britannia. Capt. William Goodyear, of the tug Witch of the West, has applied for a patent on a new invention, consisting of a winch situated on the after end of the tug near the tow-post. In operating it, the end of the tow-line is taken to the boat ahead and is attached to a’ reel, inside of which is a drum, into which steam is turned. The steam dries out the line, saving a vast amount of labor to the vessel, and lengthening the life of the line. J. Phillips has sold the steamyacht Wanda for $3,200 to Oren Scotten. Capt. N. S. Whipple has sold his one-half interest in the Raleigh and Tokio to Henry Wineman, Jr., “ for $2 and other valuable considerations.”’ Baker Bros., of this city, have contracted to raise the steamer Nellie Torrent, sunk at Port Huron. MILWAUKEE. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. For the week ending Saturday night 24 boats had arrived here with coal aggregating 40,587 tons. The trouble with the coal handlers at Superior has had the effect of greatly increasing coal shipments to this port. Since the disturbance began over 60 boats which had been chartered for the head of the lakes dis- charged their cargoes here. A sweeping change in the management of the Illinois Steel Co. effecting all of the 1,200 employes and includ- ing the resignation of Supt. C. S. Otjen and the discon- tinuance of the Milwaukee office will go into effect September 1. He will be succeeded by George Ll. Reis, of Cleveland. The whaleback steamer Christopher Columbus washed out the Kipp dock last week. It is being repaired by Hathaway & Co. DULUTH AND SUPERIOR. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. Congressmen’ Jenkins, of Superior, and Towne, of Duluth, are already laying their plans of campaign to secure a sufficient fund from the river and harbor bill for the improvement of the harbor at the head of Lake Superior, to an extent which will be made necessary by the establishment of the 20-foot channel through the Sault. The commission which reported to Congress last year recommended an appropriation of $3,000,000 as nec- essary to do this, and Major C. B. Sears, Rugineer Corps U.S. A., is heartily in favor of carrying out the recom- mendation of the commission. The two Congressmen will try to have the above sum appropriated, to be ex- pended at the rate of so much per year, on a continuing contract. The Pennsylvania & Ohio Coal Co. is putting in a set of clam-shell scoops on its Duluth dock, similar to those employed on the Lehigh Valley dock in Superior. “ Williams, Dougherty & Upham have completed the $25,000 contract for dredging the channel in St: Louis River from Grassy Point to New Duluth. The channel is now 17 feet deep and from, 70 to 100 feet wide. In a She is 137 feet over all, month more the $35,000 contract for deepening St. Lou Bay will be completed, and the harbor appropriatio for this year exhatisted. The 21st avenue channel being dredged and the north shore channel widened Capt. Barker’s $15,000 St. Louis Bay contract wasc pleted about a month ago, and he will soon finish dredging the channel on the Superior side westward i Superior Bay. : : The coal handlers’ strike at Superior has been settled the old men returning to work at the old scale of 40 per hour or 17%c. per ton. : Concerning the newly incorporated Northern Coal Storage Co.,acoal man interested says: “It is not a — hydra-headed monster, as so many people imagine, and no undue advantage will be taken of the consumers. The nine head-of-the-lake coal companies lost $300,000 last year because they were in open competition and the trade was demoralized. The Northern Coal Storage Co. is the remedy for this state of things. All of the coal companies have for principal stockholders some of the big coal producing companies of the east. The com- panies here are Supplied by the various individuals and firms whom they technically represent, and are charge a set figure. When competition was fierce it was easy for the companies here to get into the hole through quoting too close prices,bad debts, or an overestimate of stocks. Under the new system all the companies wi buy their coal from the storage company and pay cash for the same. Then the companies will sell for cash only. Prices will be agreed upon, of course, but they will continue comparatively low.”’ Dock No. 1, of the Ohio Coal Co., has been cleaned up and repaired, and on Saturday received the first coal of the season. ' ‘During the first half of August Duluth shipped 138,000 tons of ore. It is estimated that Two Harbors shippe 165,000 tons, and the Duluth & Winnipeg docks 40,000. TOLEDO. Special Correspondence to The Marine Recora, : The yacht Comrade, schooner-rigged, had both masts carried away Sunday by collision with the tug Roy, whose bows the Iacht tried to crass. The Roy tried to get out of her way, but was towing a schooner, and the collision was unavoidable. ; The U. S. Marshal sold the schooner Guest, owned by Mrs. George H. Rice, of Locust, to Thomas A. Wilkinson, ~ Friday. Her new owner will convert her into a yacht. Capt. Louis Goss launched his new sail yacht at River- side park last Thursday evening. Last Friday morning, while the schooner J. C. Fitzpatrick was coming up to the Columbus wharf, she caught one of the derricks on her jib-boom and lifted it bodily, depositing it in six feet of water in the river near the dock. Capt. George Daily is raising the derrick. Mr. Charles. Johnson, at one time engineer of the steamer Wellington R. Burt, died at Sandusky last week of blood poison. He was well known and highly re- spected here, and there were many flags displayed at half-mast in the harbor. Four derricks have been placed in position to drive piles at the foot of Madison street, on the Traction Co.’s lot. LORAIN. Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. : Otis EK. Young and other stockholders of the O. Young Coal Co. have sold their interest to R. H. Wainwright, of Massillon, whither the offices will beremoved. C. Ll. | Penny has resigned the general management, although © he still retains his interest, and will look after the bus- iness of the Penny Bros.’ Coal Supply Co. ‘ Lorain ore receipts for July were 42,404 tons, and of lumber 1,892,000 feet. Coal shipments were 57,696 tons. Dredge No. 6 lifted the stern of the tug O. J. True out _ of the water Saturday, while her stern bearings were & repaired. Zee ; A gust of wind caused the schooner Marion W. Page — to take a sheer when towing out of the harbor behind the tug Cascade last Friday evening, and her jibboom — demolished the light-house ‘The loss will not be very heavy, as the structure was slight. $ The new Brown hoists here sadly puzzled Capt. John Donahue, of the steamer R. P. Ranney, Sunday evening. He signaled for a tug and asked what port this was, thinking he had lost his bearings. About 350 of the employes of the. Johnson steel plant, with their friends, picnicked at Put-in-Bay Sunday, going up on the American Eagle. Capt. Ralph Lyons, of the Zenith City, is a Lorain young man, His friends are all glad to see him prosper. ‘ASHTABULA HARBOR, Special Correspondence to The Marine Record. _ The life-saving crew held services last Sunday even- ing in the boat-house. A number of guests were present. The new King conveying machines on the P., Y. & — A. dock, described August 1 in THE Marine RECORD : are proving to be all that they are represented. Boats are receiving quick despatch, and as the operators a becoming accustomed to their work the machines are proving very successful in every respect in practice. Nine hundred tons of ore was taken out of the Keysto last Friday in 12 hours, with only two rigs. 3 Several car loads of material have arrived, to be us in repairing the Brown hoists which were blown dow by the wind a few weeks ago, and the repair work b

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