The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1881

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Capt. Donnelly Spends A Busy Fortnight.

Captain John Donnelly, Garden Island, has returned home after spending two weeks very busily in the east. He went to Montreal after the collision between the Royal Mail Steamer Passport and Traveller, and after making a survey of the wreck returned to Kingston for pumps and such apparatus as he decided necessary for the raising of the tug. While here, and before returning to where the accident occurred, the Dromedary struck and grounded near Gananoque, and to her relief he at once went, leaving others to complete the outfit for service on the Traveller, and start for a given point which he designated. With the aid of the steamer Watertown he took 1,000 barrels of flour out of the Dromedary, raised and patched her, and at Gananoque took the train for the place where he was to meet the Traveller's party. He reached it before they did, his activity and success thus far being favourably commented upon. On Saturday week the Traveller was reached, work being commenced upon her at 8:30 o'clock. She lay in 40 feet of water, bottom up, but five feet of her keel was visible. By using two partially laden schooners, one on each side, and with good management the tug was got on her side that evening; on Sunday she was turned on her bottom and her stem deck raised out of water; on Monday at 11:30 o'clock her decks were dry, and on Tuesday she was patched by divers and pumped dry. Her keelson was badly damaged, with a break of from 15 to 20 feet. From Tuesday until this morning early she was en route to the city. Her injury is estimated at between $6,000 and $7,000. In sinking, after the collision, her boiler seems to have rolled out, also her pony engine and pump, her windlass, anchor and chain. The work of raising has been so well accomplished that Capt. Donnelly has been highly complimented. We question if such expedition has been shown by any of the western men who are so desirous of reputation. While engaged on the Traveller, Capt. Donnelly was telegraphed to go to the relief of the schr. Camanche, sunk in the Welland Canal and the Marysburg, in distress at Port Union, but had to decline the call in both cases.

Atalanta's Chances - Toronto, Nov. 7th - Private advices report that the New York sports have been thrown on their beam ends. The Atalanta men cannot believe that she can win, yet she is so different in some respects from the recognized models that they are all leaving themselves an opening to get out of in case she does win. A special despatch to the Telegram says the Atalanta has gone down to Staten Island today. Her bottom is very rough compared with that of the Gracie or Mischief. Experts cannot understand how she can carry 28 tons of ballast and be only 58.26 tons measurement, or nearly double the present United States measurement. Great fault is found with the lightness of the Atalanta's iron work, and it is expected that she will go to wreck if the breeze is stiff.



The str. D.C. West arrived from the canal this afternoon with a full load of passengers and freight.

The prop. Persia is detained at Morrisburg the water being so low that she cannot get through the canal.

Navigation closed on the Napanee river last year on Nov. 17th. The prospect this year is that the river will remain open until a much later date.

A contemporary remarks that Oswego harbor affords a theatre which has been furnished some of the most thrilling marine dramatic scenes ever witnessed. "Hear, hear, hear."

Whats The News? - Capt. Donnelly left to view wrecked schr. Marysburg.

Important Mission - Mr. P. McArthur of East Saginaw and Capt. D. Manson, are in the city to see if the tugs Annie Craig and Admiral D. Porter can be hauled out at Portsmouth and be rebuilt.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1881