The Evening Tribune May/June, 1891
The steamer, Dr. Hanley, which has been running on the Grand river between this city and Grand Rapids, was seized at the latter city on Wednesday last and is tied up by the United States Marshal Clark, to satisfy debts for which the boat is security.
Steamer Atlanta - Built this year at Cleveland for the Goodrich line by the Cleveland Dry Dock Company.
The tug, Miller, of Muskegon, brought a vessel in this morning to get the remainder of the lumber of the Grand Haven Lumber Company at Ferrysburg. The vessel will fill out her load at Muskegon and then go to Tonawanda, N. Y.
The new steamer Atlanta, Capt. Rosman, of the Goodrich Transportation Company, leaves Cleveland tonight for Chicago, and will at once take her place on this route between this city and Chicago.
First mate, J. Smith, of the City of Milwaukee, who has been sick several days, resumed his station today.
Last Saturday the steamer Lizzie Walsh left this port for Benton Harbor and when off St. Joseph harbor she lost her rudder. The sea was running high, and Capt. Woltman was obliged to steer by means of her screw. Being unable to enter the harbor she signaled for help. The tug Tramp immediately went to her assistance, and after considerable difficulty succeeded in towing her in. Several hundred spectators on the shore anxiously watched the result. Those on board were Capt. Woltman, John and Martin Beukema, Geo. Brooks the engineer, and John M. Miller. Much credit is due to the captain for his skillful management of the boat. The household goods of John Beukema, which the Lizzie Walsh was carrying to Benton Harbor were badly shaken up. The steamer is now in South Haven, where she is undergoing sundry repairs.—Holland City News.
Freight rates are so low that vessel and steamboat property is not the best paying property in existence just now.
A large scow load of timbers for the pier arrived last night.
By the courtesy of the Goodrich Transportation Co’s local agent we are in receipt of the Marine Review containing an illustration and description of this company’s new steamer the Virginia, the most elegantly appointed passenger steamship built on any inland water, and the finest ship that flies the American flag. She will leave Chicago at 9 o’clock each morning, and including the stop at Racine will make the trip to Milwaukee in five hours.
Twenty Years of Service.
Ten years ago today
the City of Milwaukee left Detroit to take her place on the route between this
port and Milwaukee, where she has constantly been employed ever since. Capt.
Smallman, who was in command then is still on deck, and it is worthy of note
that the City of Milwaukee has never crossed the lake or sailed a mile without
her old commander. Under the careful and watchful eye of the captain, the City
of Milwaukee is today as staunch and seaworthy as the day she was launched and
the traveling Public need have no fear of crossing the lake as long as she is
under the care of Capt. Smallman.
Capt. Smallman is by far the oldest captain who has been continuously crossing the lake to this port. Prior to going on the City of Milwaukee he commanded the steamer "Muskegon" of the Goodrich Line for ten consecutive years between this port and Chicago, making twenty years without intermission. He crossed on the Muskegon on the fatal night when the Alpena left our harbor never to reach her port.
The Grand Haven Ship Building Co. will build for G. C. Geikens of Charlevoix, a steamer 65 ft. keel, 15 ft. beam and 6 ft. depth of hold. The engines 14x16 will be built by Henry Bloecker & Co.
Lena Behm, built here by Captain Behm in 1885-86.
She is 59 ft. long with a 16.3 ft. beam and a draft of 5½ ft.
The fish tug Emma Boecker is receiving a coat of paint.
Capt. J. McClure takes charge of the Spring Lake Basket Co.’s pleasure steamer, "Antelope".
The Goodrich steamer Atlanta, will leave Cleveland, June 13, and proceed to Milwaukee where she will receive her furniture etc., when she will immediately take her place on this route, between Chicago, Grand Haven and Muskegon.
The Lena Behm came into port this forenoon for repairs after being on the beach near Wilmette from Thursday last till Sunday. She was gotten off without the use of a tug and but slightly injured, having part of her center board broken off and some windows smashed.
The new steam barge O. O. Carpenter, of Port Huron, Capt. Black, came into port this morning with a load of oak lumber for Grand Rapids.
The Ionia clears for Escanaba this afternoon; she will load there with iron ore for Lake Erie ports.
F. A. Hazen, proprietor of Sturgeon Bay quarry, arrived at 6:30 p.m. yesterday from Sturgeon Bay on the tug Lathram with a scow load of stone for the new pier cribs.
The Goodrich Transportation Company's new steamer Atlanta, left Cleveland at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for Milwaukee where she will take on her furniture.
President Goodrich of the Goodrich Transportation Co. was in town last evening.
Have They Figured On It?
The steam barge O. O. Carpenter unloaded a large amount of oak lumber at the docks here today, some of which will be left for use here and the balance will be shipped to factories at Grand Rapids and Zeeland. This very nicely illustrates the advantages the Grand River factories have over their inland competitors. The additional railway freight charges on this one shipment of lumber to inland factories amounts to no inconsiderable amount of money and on a year’s shipment amounts to an immense sum that the Grand Haven manufacturers can charge to profits, additional improvements or lower prices on goods. The time will come when the inland manufacturers will have to move lively to keep up with the latest lake-port contemporary and it ought not strain a live manufacturing concern’s imagination to see this point.
Notable Harbor Improvements.
In addition to the extension of the north and south piers 150 feet, the government has decided to build a pier frontage along the other side of the river now occupied by the fish houses. This will be a valuable improvement to our harbor and a benefit to the fish companies, as it will prevent the change of water line.
The fish tug Emma Bloecker, owned by VanderVeere Bros., caught fire last night. One of the crew happening to go to see her at 7 o’clock discovered the fire, which was near the stack, and extinguished it. The man going there was purely an accident but was very fortunate one for the owners as the boat carries no insurance.
The elegant steamer Atlanta of the Goodrich line entered our harbor yesterday morning on her maiden trip. She is commanded by Capt. Rossman formerly of the Menomonee, who is well known on this route and has the confidence of the traveling public. Clerk Herbst and Chief Engineer Phillip Roth will fill their positions to the satisfaction of everybody.
Mr. Phillip Roth, who was chief engineer of the City of Milwaukee when she first came out, is now the chief engineer on the steamship Atlanta. Phillip’s numerous friends in this city are well pleased to see him on this route.
Arrived Sunday 5 p.m. tug Leatham D. Smith from Sturgeon Bay towing scow loaded 170 cords of stone for Government piers, time 24 hours.
The Grand Haven Ship Building Company has begun work on two fish tugs, one for Capt. Geigen of Charlevoix, 75 feet over all, 15 feet beam and 6 feet 9 inches hold. The engine, built by Henry Bloecker & Co. will be 14x16, with the boiler 5 feet 6 inches by 11 feet, built by Johnston Bro. of Ferrysburg.
The other boat will be 70 feet over all, 14 feet beam, 5 feet 9 inches in hold, and will be built for Capt. Smith of St. Joe. This engine will also be built by Henry Bloecker & Co., 13x14, and the boiler 5 feet 3 inches built by Johnston Bros.
The tug Leathan D. Smith arrived this noon from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., with 170 cords of stone for the pier. She made the run in 22 ½ hours.
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