• Steam Barge
  • 18ffw 6m
  • 166ft Length
  • Garden Island, Lake Ontario
  • 44¯12.143’N 76¯27.543’W

Chronological History #

  • 1883 – Sep 11 Hull launched; machinery fitted & installed Cleveland OH, $75,000.
  • 1886 – Sep Towed barge PRUSSIA.
  • 1886 – Oct 4 Timber laden AuTrain, MI – Garden Island, ONT; struck & badly damaged swing bridge Port Colborne.
  • 1887 – Towed barges PRUSSIA, W.R. HULL, J.N.O. GASKIN.
  • 1889 – Towed BAVARIA, VALENCIA & NORWAY.
  • 1889 – Lake Ontario gale struck CALVIN with BAVARIA, VALENCIA & NORWAY; BAVARIA threw on Galloo Island, all hands lost.
  • 1890 – May Towed VALENCIA, BAVARIA, DENMARK Cheboygan, MI to Garden Island, ONT.
  • 1890 – Jul Damaged by fire East Tawas, MI.
  • 1891 – Sep Duluth, MN loaded 24,500-bushel wheat for Montreal, QUE.
  • 1892 – Towed VALENCIA & CEYLON. 1897 – 99 Towed CEYLON & AUGUSTA. 1910 – Sold to Carlton Smith, Belleville, MI.
  • 1910 – Apr 11 Burned Garden Island, ONT

Selection of News Articles for more www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca #

Selection of News Articles for more www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca #

Cleveland Leader, Detroit Post, and Tribune Saturday, October 13, 1883 #

The D. D. Calvin. The work of putting the engine and machinery into the steamer D. D. Calvin as she lies in Presley’s slip is progressing finely, and there is a confident expectation that everything connected with this part of her outfit will be completed by Saturday night or Monday. So soon as it is done she may make a short trial trip to this port. She has already had steam up in her boilers.

The size of the latter, which are of Otis steel is 10 feet, 4½ inches shell, of a five-eighths inch thickness, while the length is 10 feet, and have a working pressure of 105 pounds to the square inch. Her engine is a compound of the fore and aft pattern, and 27 and 50-inch cylinders and 36-inch strokes. She has a wheel of 10 feet, 6 inches diameter, with 13 feet 6 inches pitch. These figures do not indicate the substantial manner in which she is constructed, which is, too, after strict Canadian law — all holes made for putting her together are drilled in place and none punched.

The length of the ship overall is 180 feet, beam 32 feet, and 15 feet hold. Her whole build is unusually solid and made so with some special reference to the traffic in which she is to be sailed, is intended to carry heavy pine timber, which she will get at Lake Superior ports and deliver at Garden Island.

The latter is the port in Ontario where she was built by Messrs. Calvin & Sons, by whom she is owned. Here she was launched on the 11th of last September, or just one month ago. Her total cost, including engine and machinery, is expected to foot up to all of $75,000. So far as officered at present – Capt. A. H. Malone is her master, and Mr. John Hazlett is her engineer. –   

List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the Dominion of Canada on December 3, 1898 #

Steam screw D.D. CALVIN. Official Canada No. 83298. of 750 tons gross; 483 tons reg. Built Garden Island, Ont., 1883. Homeport, Kingston, Ont. 66.0 x 32.0 x 15.1. Owned by the Calvin Company Ltd., of Garden Island, Ont.

The first Calvin wooden propeller was built at Garden Island in 1883 and was launched as D.D.CALVIN (Can. 83298). She was 166 feet in length, 32 feet in the beam and 15 feet in depth, with tonnage of 750 Gross and 483 Net. Upon completion of the heavy wooden hull, the CALVIN was towed to Cleveland for the installation of her machinery. D.D.CALVIN served her original owners until she burned at Garden Island on April 11, 1910

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