The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1882

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Imprisoned In Diving Armour.

The following additional particulars have been received from Port Huron of the death of the diver who was working at the sunken schooner Clayton Belle. At noon Joseph Joyce was put in the dress and sent down to clear the anchor of the scow Wilcox, it being foul of some part of the wreck. He had been down but a short time when he signalled for more air. Calvin Jones had the line and pipe up to this time, and when more air was ordered he gave the pipe and line to one of the men and then went to dinner. Jones says that when he took the pipe again he signalled Joyce and could get no answer. After the signal was sent down a number of times he sent down for Jas. Quinn, who was on the Senator Blood taking pig iron out of the Clayton Belle. Mr. Quinn at once ordered another diver down to see what was the matter, but before he could be put in the dress Joyce was hauled to the surface a dead man. He was taken out of the dress and the scow came to this port, where an inquest was held and a verdict rendered that Joseph Joyce came to his death from congestion of the brain caused by fright. Joyce was unmarried and lived, when home, at Bronte, Ont. He shipped in Detroit one month ago. He had never been down in a dress but once before, and wanted to learn to be a diver.



The appropriation to Oswego harbour by Congress amounts to $50,000. Over $175,000 was asked for.

The steam barge Nile and barge Bedford are discharging cedar posts into the schr. Cataract, for Charlotte.

The str. Watertown is being cleaned and painted and will shortly be put in commission. She will act as a spare boat.

The str. Princess Louise is undergoing repairs and painting. The craft will look neat and trim when she comes out.

The barges Benson, Manly and Russell have reached Port Dalhousie on their way to Elk Rapids. They will be dry docked at St. Catharines.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly leaves this evening for Montreal to bring up the steamer Conqueror for the Dominion Wrecking Company. She will be engaged in wrecking and rafting upon Lake Ontario.


Schr. Hannah Butler, Port Hope, 5,455 bu. wheat.

Prop. Cuba, Toronto, 18,000 bu. wheat.

Enterprise Ashore.

Owen Sound, May 10th - During the storm yesterday morning the steambarge Enterprise ran ashore in Georgian Bay, a few miles north of Presque Isle. She was taken off this morning by the tug Mary Ann and arrived here without having sustained any apparent damage.

A Dry Dock Needed.

The Chicago Inter-Ocean says: - "The prospect being that, with the completion of the enlarged new Welland Canal, our large craft will ply to and from Lake Ontario, an urgent demand springs up for a good dry-dock of the largest class on that lake. If one of the American ports on that lake will build the dock it will be so much in that port's pocket. If the Canadians with their usual enterprise, furnish the dock, they, of course, will rake in the shekels."

p.4 Wolfe Island Council - Resolved - that the clerk notify the lesees of the ferry that the time has arrived for the establishing of the regular trips for the season.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1882