The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 30, 1882

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In Chicago the schr. W.J. Preston has been chartered to Kingston at 4 1/2 cents.

The schr. Eureka, from Oswego, with 200 tons of coal, has reached port.

The schr. Westside arrived this morning from Chicago with 21,000 bush. of wheat.

At Detroit there is some enquiry for charters to Kingston for September; rate 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 cents.

The schrs. Gulnair, Oliver Mowat and Annie M. Foster are loading ore at the esplanade for American ports.

The tug Glide arrived last evening from Montreal with five barges, light, and cleared with two of them for Oswego, there to load coal.

The schr. Siberia cleared last night for Lake Superior to load timber for Garden Island. She gets $90 per M., and carries 20,000 feet.

At Toledo the barges Gaskin and Glenora have been chartered to carry grain to Montreal at 6 1/2 cents; the schr. Laura to Kingston at 4 1/2 cents.

The prop. Arcadia, from Milwaukee, lightened 4,000 bushels of wheat at the K. & M. Forwarding Company's wharf and proceeded to Montreal.

The tug Heeney and consorts, from Ottawa, with lumber and ties, have arrived at Rathbun's. The lumber goes to Deseronto and the ties to Oswego.

The strs. Magnet and Spartan called here yesterday, one going up the lake and the other down the river. The latter steamer carried many passengers.

The schr. St. Louis passed down the river this morning with coal from Cleveland to Brockville at $1.20 per ton. Some half dozen vessels have been chartered to carry coal on the same route at from $1.10 to $1.25 per ton.

The yacht Laura was at the Belleville regatta, but her owner telegraphed not to enter her in the race, and the crew contented themselves by watching the manoeuvres of the other boats.

The prop. Europe discharged at Swift's wharf a large number of horses and carts to be employed on the section of the Ontario & Quebec R.R. for which Mr. P. Larkin, St. Catharines, has the contract.

The schooner Mary L. Higgie is at Chicago, and the Captain has been telling the Inter-Ocean that the outrage on his crew at Kingston was the most terrible ever perpetrated in a civilized community; that three of the men lived through the beating and ducking they received is simply wonderful; that some of the gang who perpetrated the outrage openly urged that the poor fellows be killed outright; that several arrests were made, and the officers of the Crown said they were determined to make an example of the guilty parties.

Deseronto Notes - The steam ferry Mary Ethel, from Belleville, is on the Marine Railway here being repaired.

p.3 Labourers' Union - for those who work on wharves.

Yachting Notes -


On Friday Capt. John Donnelly, Superintendent of the Dominion Wrecking Company, was telegraphed to by Mr. R.P. Cooke, contractor of public works, and asked if he could supervise the raising of a dredge sunk at the mouth of the Nicolet River. Capt. Donnelly asked if pumps and a diver were required, and was answered that these were already at the scene of the accident. He disliked to undertake any important work without the assistance of such machinery as the Wrecking Company possess, but he concluded to go to Nicolet, as requested, and understand what was being done and what service he was required to perform. Just as he was about to board the steamer, bound down the river from Montreal, he saw some men unloading a pump belonging to Mr. Davidson, an Insurance Company's manager and a wrecker of considerable experience. Capt. Donnelly, on enquiry, learned that the party had just returned from the sunken dredge, and this fact moved him to seek further information. The man in custody of the pump, not knowing Donnelly, said it was impossible to raise the dredge, whose keel and bottom had settled to a considerable extent in the sand and whose sides were so open that water flooded through her, that it would be as difficult to empty her as a lake, all of which led Capt. Donnelly to believe that things were in a particularly bad shape. The Captain found the condition of the dredge pretty much as it had been described to him. On examination he saw that the wreckers who preceded him had used blue clay with which to close the seams on the sides, but without effect, the action of the water washing it out of the crevices between the timber. He quickly laid his plans. He caused Mr. Cooke to send for a large quantity of heavy planking, while he himself went to Montreal for canvass. With these he reached the dredge on Sunday morning, erected a wall around the craft, and added about three feet to her sides. This work consumed but a few hours, the underwater service being satisfactorily performed by a Government diver from Ottawa. When all was ready about twenty men, with pails, went to work to bail out the dredge. In three hours she was afloat, and in twenty-four in a condition to be moved elsewhere for repairs, a little handpower having accomplished in one day what a steam pump had failed to do in four or five. Donnelly would have liked the service of a rotary, but thought it too expensive to send to Garden Island for such. Mr. Cooke was surprised at the rapidity with which the dredge was raised, and that, too, at an expense for materials much less than the outlay incurred by the steam pump. It was a case of brains vs. machinery, and brains won. No wonder Capt. Donnelly feels proud of his work. His achievement is worthy of newspaper record. The dredge was worth about $10,000.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 30, 1882