Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), September 5, 1895, p. 9

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Me eiage MARINE LITIGATION: in the Court of Common Pleas at Sandusky, Satur- day, Carkin, Stickney & Cram brought a cross.petition in the suit against themof A. F. Bartlett & Co., for alleged debts on which, the dredging firm’s property. was attached at various ports last spring, which suits are still pending. By way. of counter-claim the defendants say that in 1891-2-3-4 they purchased from the defendants dredges Nos, 6,12, 13,.14,;,15, 16, 10 and 4. and the tugs Natt Stick- ney and D;.D, Johnson and also dump scows, and they Say that by reason of the work on the dredges, tugs, scows, etc., not being performed satisfactorily andinan unworkmanlike and unskilled.manner, and on account of the material being of. such inferior quality, that the machinery broke down and became unfit for use, and defendants were compelled to expend. for repairs the sum of $10,000, and purchased new machinery, costing $10,000, and that the dredges, tugs and scows were com- pelled to stop work during the time the repairs to the machinery were made; and that on this account the ex- pense and loss to the defendants was $15,000, and,said work was retarded, and that they lost a large amount of money which they could have otherwise earned on con- tracts and they place the damage at $50,000. Wherefore defendants pray that they may have judg- ment against the said plaintiff for any excess over the amounts found due plaintiff on its cause of action and for costs herein expended. Colver & Colver represent the defendants. In the case of the schooner F, W. Gifford against the tug W. H. Simpson for damage resulting from the parting of a towline inside Milwaukee Harbor in April, 1894. Judge Seaman of Milwaukee exonerates the tug from blame. The amount involved was $3,500including damage done to some coal sheds. Now the Milwaukee Tug Boat Co., owners of the tug, will sue the schooner for a towing and salvage claim-unless a satisfactory set- tlement is reached with C. W.:Elphicke of Chicago, her owner. John Bergland, a coal handler at Duluth, has libeled the Centurion for a claim of $8,350 for alleged injuries received when in the steamer’s hold by oak timbers fall- ing on him September 25, 1894. She gave bond. A mortgage for $400 on the steamer Mary Ludwig was foreclosed at Holland, Mich., Saturday, and a ship keeper placed*in charge -of the boat. The mortgage was given to Milwaukee parties last spring. ‘The boat has been idle at Holland for two months past. ee PERSONAL. Charles Park has been appointed first assistant light-keeper at Huron Shoal light-station. Purser W. T. Pierce, of the Ni rth West, was presented at Buffalo, last Thursday evening, witha handsome gold _ watch by the men in his department. > Capt. Alexander Olson, of the schooner Lizzie Law, fell into the bay just after loading lumber at Ashland,» and was drowned. His home was in Bay City. Capt. K.-S. Graham was lost overboard from the little steamer Grace Williams, trading between Fox Island and Good Harber.on Lake Michigan, Saturday morning. Capt.’ Alexander Frank,-of the Wanderer, who was lost out of: the yawl of bis schooner, had a large ac- quaintance on the lakes. His brother-in-law George E. Currie, of Detroit, offers $100 for the recovery of his body. : Capt. Alfred Anderson, a resident of Sister Bay, Door Co., Wis., disappeared August 1, since when nothing has been heard of him. His little scow Charlevoix is still lying at Charlevoix, and is rapidly deteriorating. His friends fear foul play. Capt. Albert Stewart has already resigned command of the City of Cleveland to take a more permanent place in the Viking. First Mate Archie McLachlan, of the City of Cleveland, will command that boat until Sep- tember 20, with Mate John McCullom, of the City of Alpena, to assist him as first officer. "This will continue until September 20, whenthe Alpena’s season closes, and Capt. Matthew Lightbody will then assume com- mand of the Cleveland, where he will remain until Capt. Mclachlan feels able to returnto his old post. This the latter will not do, however, before next season. DD Oo ea THE PORT ROYAL DRY-DOCK. The Navy Department has appointed; a court of in- quiry to-look into the matter of the Port-Royal drydock: THE MARINE. RECORD. This is the result of the protest of Mr..McCarthy, the contractor for this structure, against being held respon- sible for matters in connection with the dock which he claimed should be laid at the doors of the officers super- intending the work: The court will meet early in Sep- tember at Port Royal and will be instructed to make a full and complete investigation and to place the respon- sibility where it belongs, A semi-official report regarding the test of the new Port Royal dry-dock, indicates that the contractors may be called on to strengthen the end containing the gates, before the dock is finally accepted: The bottom of the dock is reported as all right, but the gate ends may re- quire bracing. Now that the dock is practically ready for use the question arises as to the depth of water over the bar in front of it. The Indiana, one of the vessels which it was intended the dock should accommodate, will draw, when loaded, some 22 or 23 feet of water. Not more than 23 feet on the bar at high tide can be dc- pended on, and some dredging will have to be done be- fore deep draught ships can safely use the dock. rr tr NOTICE TO MARINERS. ST. MARY'S RIVER.—PILOT ISLAND, DARK HOLE, AND POINT OF WOODS RANGE LIGHTS. Notice is given by the Light-House Board that on or. about September 15, 1895, the structures from which the Pilot Island range lights are shown will be painted white and be moved about 500 feet to the eastward of their present positions; that one set of the range lights at the Dark Hole will be discontinued, and the position of the other set will be slightly changed, and that the range lights at Point of Woods will be moved about 80 feet to the northward of their present positions, so that these ranges will mark, in each’ case, as near as may be, the axis of the newly dredged channel, The exact day that the changes will go into effect will be posted a day or two in advance in the canal office at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. foe eae NOTES. HucGH Ramsay, Perth Amboy, has received a contract from the government of Colombia to build a light draft gun boat, which will be the first steel ship from his yard. She will be 140 feet over all, 35 feet beam and 7 feet deep, with feathering paddle wheels driven by triple expansion engines, and to be armed with two rapid-fire guns and two machine guns. The vessel will be set up, then taken apart and shipped in sections. VERY little that is satisfactory can be said of the report of the Manchester Ship Canal company for’ the past half-year. ‘There has been an increase in traffic, of course, but the financial position is as bad as ever it was, and it is difficult to see how acrisis is to be avoided Profits have dwindled. and the large balance of £160,- 640 with which the half-year commenced has pes re- duced to £24,500.—Transport. THE great steel works at Barrow-in-Furness, the larg- est concern of its kind in Great Britain, equipped with 18 converters, and making steel rails chiefly, has been closed for an indefinite period, the directors declaring that the company is unable to make a profit on their product at current prices and rates of wages. The rail trade in Great Britain has undoubtedly seen its best days, and the time will soon come when British mills can no longer think of succéssful competition with America. : THE production of coal throughout the world last year was estimated at 533,700,000 tons. In this total the United Kingdom figured for 185,000,000 tons, Germany for 74,000,000 tons, France for 25,250,000 tons, Belgium for 19,500,000 tons, Austria and Hungary for 10,350,000 tons, and the United States for 170,000,000 tons. It is estimated that 5,000,000 tons of coal were raised last year in Australia and New Zealand, 4,000,000 tons in Canada, and 3,000,000 tons in British India. THE national bureau of labor has recently under- taken an independent investigation in a field of inquiry which it has not before entered; the work of American seamen in the merchant service. Agents have been stationed at five principal ports—New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and San Francisco—whose business it is to investigate the conditions of the life and service of the common sailors employed in the mer- chant shipping carried on under the United States flag. EEE OSE THE MARINE RECORD is the headquarters for marine publications of every description. No: 144 Superior St. LakE Carriers’ ASSOCIATION. To consider and take action upon all general questions relating to” the navigation and carrying business of the Great Lakes, maintain necessary shipping offices and in general to protect the common interest of Lake Car+ riers, and im: rove the character of the Service rendered to the public. PRESIDENT. Wititam LivincGsTong, - Detroit, Mich. SECRETARY. CuHartes H. Keep, - 4 - Buffalo, N, Y. “TREASURER, Grorce P. McKay, - - Cleveland, O. COUNSEL. Harvey D. Goutper, - Cleveland. O. VICE PRESIDENTS. "eae ee Cleveland. TuHos. CRANAGE, Bay City. A. A. PARKER, Detroit. W. S. Brainarp, Toledo Ss, D: CALDWELL, Buffalo. E. D. Carrer, Erie. Wiczy M. Ean, Chicago. J.C. RickeTson, Milwaukee. F, N. LASAttz, Duluth, F. J. Firru, Philadelphia. EXECUTIVE AND FINANCE COMMITTEE, H. M. Hanna,, Cleveland, Ohio. 2. C. Whitney, Detroit, Mich H.H. Brown, Cleveland, Ohio. . P. Henry, Buffalo, N. Y. James Corrigan, Cleveland, Ohio. i. a H. Brown, Buffa o, N. Y. . A. Hawgood, Cleveland, Ohio avid Vane, Milwaukee, Wis. Thomas Wilson, Cleveland, Ohio. R. P. Fitzgerald, Milwaukee, Wis. 'M. A. Bradley, Cleveland, Ohio. John G. Keith, , Chicago, Ill. . C. Gilchrist, Cleveland, Ohio. J. S. Dunham, * Chicago, Til. M. Peck, Detroit, Mich. COMMITTEE ON AIDS TO NAVIGATION: W.C. Richardson, Cleveland. Ohio. W. M. Egan, Chicago, IIl. George P. McKay, Cleveland, Ohio. Frank Owen, Ogdensburg, NY. H. G. Dalton, Cleveland, Ohio. A. W. Colton, Toledo, Ohio. B. L. Pennington, Cleveland, Ohio. James Davidson, Bay City, Mich. Thomas Wilson, Cleveland, Ohio. Alvin Neal, Port Hu-on, Mich, yore W Moore, Cleveland, Ohio. M. M. Drake, Buffalo, N. Y. . S, Mack, Cleveland, Ohio, W. Bullard, Buffalo, N, Y. David C. Carter, Detroit, Mich, COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION: S. D. Caldwell, Buffalo, N. Y. ee Corrigan, Cleveland, Ohio. James Ash, Buffalo, N. vy; m. Livingstone, Detroit, Mich. E, T Evans, Buffalo, N N.Y. James Millen, D troit, Mich. P, P. Miller, Buffalo, N. Y, Jesse Spaulding, Chicago, IIl. John Gordon, W. Bullard, . Edward Smith, - H. M. Hanna, Buffalo, N. Y. C. A. Eddy, Buffalo, N. Y. Alex. McDougall, Buffalo, N. Y. F. J, Firth, Cleveland, Ohio. Bay City, Mich. Duluth, Minn. | Philadelphia, Pa. FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING. A meeting of the finance commuttee of the Lake Car- riers’ Association was held Tuesday to fix the scale of wages for the fall months - Secretary Keep had come up from Buffalo, but was the only out-of-town member in attendance. Treasurer George P. McKay’s action in placing new lights in Detroit River was approved, and he was in- struc'ed to expend $200 for their supp ‘rt. J. J. Rardon, of Chicago, owner of the City of Lon- don, laid before the committee a statement regarding this steamer, which overran 290 bushels on her grain cargo at Erie lately. Hercharter stated that she should pay for all shortage, and should receive the benefit of any overrun. The elevator people refused to pay for this extra wheat. The matter was laid over until the next annual meeting, when this and other abuses of this sort will be acted upon. The committee then fell to the discussion oe the wage schedule, and it was decided not to raise the pay of en- gineers, mates and cooks on the steamers. ‘The card was then alter: d as fo lows: Steamers. Summer Wages. Fall Wages. Birenten 25) 238 $25.00 to.$30.00 $30.00 to $37.50 Wheelsmen.........- 25.00 to 30.00 30.00 to 37.50 Look Outsiccies sea aees 20.00 to 30.00 30.00 to 35.00 Deck hands..... . 12.00 to 15.00 1500 to 1800 OUGER eines 25.00 to 30.00 30.00 to 37.50 Consorts and sail. ; First mates... *.. 7.2 30.00 to 45.00 35.00 to 50.00 Second ma'es’....... 25.00 to 30.00 30.00 to 35,00 QOORS<é fsx sak Bes 3512826.00 108:30.00 30.00 to 35.00 Séameén © agra se, 25.00 to 30.00 30 00 to 35.00 BOVSie oa scree ees 12.00 to 15.00 15.00 to 20.00 rr 1 > 6 re CAPT. BUNDY’S NEW GOSPEL BOAT, Special Correspondence to The Marine Record, Capt: Bundy left Chicago Wednesday on his new naphtha launch Glad Tidings for the Manitou Islands and Duck Island, Lake Huron. The new Glad Tidings was built at Grand Rapids. Her dimensions are 43 feet over all, 9 feet beam, 4 feet 6 inches molded depth. She has been built to lessen expenses during hard times. Capt. Bundy is now completing his twentieth year of missionary work around the lakes and has been very successful in bringing many from darkness to light in benighted regions where the Gospel of Christ had but seldom been heard about or preached. «y

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