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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1881

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A few days ago we announced that Capt. Crangle of Toronto, with pumps and wrecking apparatus had left Garden Island, per steamer Chieftain, for the rescue of the schr. Garibaldi, which went ashore at Weller's Beach last November. The schr. D.M. Foster was taken as a lighter. Work was about commenced upon the Garibaldi when a gale arose. Operations were then suspended until Saturday. The vessel had worked down into the sand about five feet and listed over on the port side. It was deemed necessary to lighten her of her cargo of coal. The pumps were kept busily at work. It was found that a hole had been forced through her stern and water was pouring through it, and to close which a diver was necessary. The tug Chieftain came back on Saturday to Garden Island for Andrew Sharpe, returning to the wreck on Sunday, when work was resumed. The hole in the stern was repaired, about 175 tons of coal were taken out, and yesterday the vessel was successfully floated. A start was made yesterday afternoon and Kingston was reached this morning about 2 o'clock. The vessel is lying at Gunn's dock. The balance of her coal is being taken out by Swift's steam hoist. She presents a very dilapidated appearance. The Whig reporter was shown the spot where the unfortunate mate, Stonehouse, perished. As the owners of the vessel, Messrs. Matthews, of Toronto, abandoned the vessel, the Phoenix Insurance Company will have her thoroughly repaired here at a cost of probably $1,000. The wreckers did good service. Messrs. Gray and Cunningham, of Garden Island, did not have any sleep from Sunday until Tuesday noon.


The schr. Nellie Theresa loads peas at Hamilton for Kingston at 2 1/4 cents.

Capt. John Donnelly is still engaged in wrecking operations on the Georgian Bay.

The scow Charles Henry is loading cedar posts for Clayton on private terms.

The str. Flight has been on the dry dock at Deseronto today getting a new wheel on.

There is plenty of water in the Rideau Canal. A little difficulty is experienced before entering Kingston locks.

The steam barge Carlyle arrived today with a cargo of potatoes from Westport. They will be reshipped to the States.

The Welland Canal has been opened throughout for the season's business in better condition than for many years.

The str. Princess Louise will soon resume her trip between Kingston, Gananoque and the Thousand Island Park.

The tug Active arrived this morning from Oswego with the barges Cayuga and Oswego, laden with 1,200 bushels (sic) coal.

The str. Hero brought a load of cattle from up the bay this afternoon. They were reshipped on the Maud for Cape Vincent.

Calvin & Son's first raft of the season left Garden Island for Quebec yesterday. It contained 19 drams of timber and staves.

The schrs. Antelope and Albacore will be towed from Port Colborne to Toledo and back to Kingston by the steam barge Albion.

The strs. Corsican from Hamilton, Armenia from Ogdensburg and D.C. West from Westport, are reported at Swift's wharf today.

Shingles and ties are arriving per the K. & P.R.R., the ties at 4 cents and the shingles at 10 cents per 1,000.

A new yacht, the R.P. Flower, has been launched at Sackett's Harbor. Parties in Kingston are endeavoring to secure her for an excursion on the Queen's Birthday.

p.3 A Fine Propeller - The fine propeller Celtic passed down the river today from Hamilton for Montreal. She has been thoroughly overhauled and looks very handsome in her new coat of paint, green hull and white topsides. Her state-rooms are invitingly furnished, the main saloon furniture being of walnut and plush. Bath-rooms and lavatories are provided on the cabin deck. She will run in conjunction with the Ocean and the Prussia, of the Merchants' Line, making weekly trips between Montreal and Chicago. A new heater and inspirator has been put in, which will give her a greater head of steam, with a saving of fuel. A new wheel is to be put in at Montreal which will give her increased speed.

p.4 Wolfe Island Canal - Special Meeting - April 9th - At a special meeting of the Council, by order of the Reeve, all the members were present. It was unanimously resolved that this Council approve of the form of application which the Reeve made for ferry lease, and that the Reeve still proceed to obtain, if possible, the lease of ferry for the whole of the north side of Wolfe Island, this Council being of opinion that in case the lease could be obtained and controlled by the Council of this municipality it would be the means of establishing a permanent ferry from the head and foot of said Island.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1881