Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gleaned in the Local Harbor
Door County Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), 30 Dec 1909, p. 1, column 1-2
Full Text

Ice extends from the mouth of this bay out into Green bay as far as the eye can reach.

The L.T.P.A. will hold a meeting tomorrow (Friday) night and all members are requested to be present.

The schooner Defiance, owned by Capt. James Larson of Menekaunee, and which dragged her anchors and went on the beach at Ford River late this fall, will be a total loss.

Capt. John A. Carlson has an advertisement in this issue of The Advocate offering the schooner Kate Howard for sale. The Howard is in good condition and can be bought at a bargain.

Capt. James Tufts is putting in the winter on the steamer Pere Marquette 4 with Capt. Mel Mackey. Jim says this is better than staying home all winter and helping with the family washing.

The steamer Denessen was the last craft to lay up at Menominee outside of the local fleet. The Denessen delivered a load of fishermen supplied down the peninsula and brought back some fish packages.

Capt. John Eble of the steamer Sydney O. Neff, returned here the first of the week from his home in Manistee, where he spent Christmas with his family. Capt. Eble will look after the rebuild of his boat at the shipyard.

The tugs operating off the canal are mak­ing some fair lifts of chubs. They continue to come down to the city to deliver the catch. The ice is getting pretty heavy and it is likely that after this week they will be contented to remain at the cut. The Sylvia took all her nets and reels up to the canal the first of the week to be prepared for a sudden freeze-up.

The Michigan state militia training ship Yantic, formerly an U. S. auxiliary steam- warship of the rebellion, is to receive a par­tial rebuild here between this time and next June. A new spar or upper deck, new waterways and rails, besides a great many minor repairs and changes. Active work will not be commenced until some time the latter part of next, month.

At the meeting of the local M. E. B„ A. held Monday evening, the following officers were elected for the ensuing term: Edward Weber, president Ashley Cofrin, vice president Axel Swan, recording secretary C. O. Chapman, corresponding and financial secretary James Curry, treasurer And. Tollifson, trustee 3 years Chas. Wondrasek, delegate to Washington.

Capt. and Mrs. B. A. Peterson are residing with Sam Johnson and family in the First Ward, for the winter, while Capt. Peterson is looking after the rebuild of the steamer Buckley, his command. Capt. Peterson was in the good old days of sailing ships, mate with his father, Capt. Peter Peterson in the schooner Winnie Wing. The Wing was a frequent caller at this port and she was a fine vessel when in her prime and a good money maker. Capt. Peter Peterson, though retired, is still hale and hearty and resides in Chicago. Those were good old times and those who knew them recall them with many pleasures. It was all sailing then, and you had to be a sailor.

The training ship Yantic will have her rig changed when she goes into commission again. Her main and mizzen and foretop­ mast and jibboom will be taken out and left out. All that she will have in the way of rigging will be the foremast and its gear. It is too bad that this must be done, for her rig was her one redeeming quality. Her masts, yards, rigging and other top hamper, gave her a grace that without she will look like a junk. At least this is the opinion of those whose tastes are that way and who are competent to judge. They reason that she has been retained on account of her historical value and why not keep her intact. This seems like good logic, but probably there is also a good reason for removing it. Possibly it is too much of a strain on the hull, and too costly to keep up, both in itself and the hull which must sustain it. Whatever the cause there are many who will very much dislike to see the change take place.

The owners of the steamer Lotus, which is laid up at the shipyard, are figuring on lengthening and widening the craft. The Lotus for many years ran on the route be­ tween Escanaba and Gladstone, but the business on this run has been monopolized by the new electric railway, and as a consequence the Lotus must find a new trade. The steamer Maywood, of the same line, has been found too large and costly for her run so that it hap been decided to put the Lotus on her run and the Maywood on the Green Bay-Escanaba run in conjunction with some of the boats that are now on that route. The Lotus is too small for the Maywood’s run and this is the reason for enlarging her. The Maywood has been running from Escanaba into Big Bay de Noque. The Maywood, which is also laid up at the shipyard, will have her cabin remodelled and some new state rooms added. The Maywood ought to prove something of an innovation on this run, being modern in every respect and the fastest passenger boat in the Green bay region.

The rebuild work on the steamers Buck­ley and Neff is progressing at a very satis­factory rate. The Buckley will be torn down to the fifth plank below the sheer strake. The bulwark stanchions have been cut off at the covering board, and new ones will be put in between the old ones, the feet of which will come as far below the fifth plank as possible. She will have solid bulwarks, new stanchions being placed between the new ones and on top of the old ones, and the whole bolted together. This new work will go all around the boat. Some new ceiling is to be put in around the boiler, and the kettle has been raised for this purpose. The work of calking the hull is well underway and when this is completed will also materially assist in strengthening the whole. Some changes in the crew’s quarters forward are to be made. The rooms will be in the wings with a center hall way, and a spare room, leading to the captain’s room by a stairway will be put in on the starboard side, while the crew’s quarters, will be on the port side. The Buckley was built at Manitowoc in 1891, and as she has not received a rebuild in that time she was pretty well gone, but not so bad considering what the boat has done and the weather she has been shoved out in during the past 18 years. The Buckley is one of the finest lumber barges and also one of the speediest on the lakes. The Neff has been torn to and including the plank sheer, and new bulwark stanchions have been put in all the round. She will also receive new decks and deck beams where needed besides a great deal of minor work. The Neff was built in Mani­towoc in 1890.

Clarence E. Long expects quite a number of pupils from outside next month to at­tend his nautical school. Mr. Long makes more of a specialty of teaching navigation by correspondence than by personal instruction, on account of the larger field to work in. He already has a large number of outside scholars enrolled, but he still handles scholars personally who desire it, and he desires it known that all those who wish in instructions to notify him at an early date. Mr. Long has a monopoly of this business owing to the fact that he has the only books devoted to the theory and practice of lake navigation. His books are easily under­ stood, are self-explanatory and treat of the things you must know in order to be a navigator. He has a book for each branch of a sailor’s calling. His Nautical Magazine treats on the theory and practice of navigation. His Lake Steam-manship and Guide to the Marine Board Examinations, tells just what to do in order to get a license, whether pilot or master. This book, in addition to containing over 1200 questions and answers dealing with every thing that has to do with ships, contains a multitude of other things. The book is an encylopedia of nautical information, and there is but very little that has to do with boats that cannot be found in this book. His new and Improved Course Finder, Deviation and Compas Recorder, is another one of his publications that is having a good sale. It contains, in addition to all the corrected courses and distances for the chain of lakes, a system of making courses without paying attention to variation and deviation. This Course Finder will be found on all the big boats of the lakes. Other books are Long’s Course and Bearing Corrector, Deviation Diagrams and Log of the Rivers, and a device for mechanically solving all problems of the compass. This instrument is to the sailor what the adding machine is to the business man. We might say a whole lot more, but if you are interested it will pay you to write to Mr. Long for a circular which explains his various books and school in detail. Address, Clarence E. Long, Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Mr. Long has agents at all the big ports.

Item Type
Date of Publication
30 Dec 1909
Personal Name(s)
Larson, Jams ; Carlson, John A. ; Tufts, James ; Mackey, Mel ; Eble, John ; Weber, Edward ; Cofrin, Ashley ; Swan, Axel ; Chapman, C. O. ; Curry, James ; Tollifson, Andrew ; Wondrasek, Charles ; Peterson, R. A. ; Johnson, Samuel ; Peterson, Peter
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.83416 Longitude: -87.37704
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.


Gleaned in the Local Harbor