The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 15, 1882

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"Yesterday" (Monday,) says the Detroit Free Press, "a very peculiar craft came dashing around Sandwich Point and made for Odette & Wherry's coal wharf in Windsor. The craft was a long, low, black side wheel, with two smoke stacks, one directly in front of the pilot house, where the wheelsman could have a good view of it and nothing else, and the other aft, so as to obstruct the scope of his vision in that direction. The smoke stacks were red with black tops, and raked aft, giving the craft the appearance of an English dispatch boat. As the George M. Bibb had left this port the city was comparatively at the mercy of the stranger, and so much anxiety was felt that a reporter was at once sent to Windsor to see on what terms peace could be secured and the city saved from destruction. On arriving on the other side the reporter found the steamer to be a peaceful wrecking tug with the warlike name of Conqueror. The tug was bound from Kingston to the Georgian Bay to rescue the steambarge Georgian, which has been ashore on Club Island since Sunday, Nov. 6th, and which has very likely gone to pieces before now. The Conqueror is an iron Clyde built steamer 190 feet in length. She has two condensing engines, 34 inches bore and 57 inches stroke. They are beam engines but are so arranged that the beams are in the engine room instead of above the hurricane deck. Each engine works one wheel independently, but the two may be coupled so that they work together as if on one shaft. The wheels have feathering buckets similar to those of the City of Cleveland. Steam is furnished from the boilers, one forward and one aft of the engine, and each boiler has three furnaces. Her officers claim that the Conqueror can make 16 miles an hour and that she is an excellent sea boat. She came from Port Colborne to Amherstburg in 22 hours, with a heavy sea and almost every other boat on Lake Erie asking shelter. She has on board two twelve-inch steam pumps and other wrecking gear, and tows the barge Victor from Windsor to be used as a lighter. The expedition is in charge of Capt. John Donnelly, who has had large experience as a wrecker, and the tug is commanded by his son, Thomas Donnelly. Capt. E.A. Booth, of Kingston, is pilot. The Conqueror and outfit are the property of the Dominion Salvage and Wrecking Company."



The schr. Jessie Macdonald has cleared for Oswego with ash lumber.

The steam barge Norman is loading ties and lumber for Oswego.

The schr. Polly M. Rogers, a Cape Vincent vessel, is reported to be pounding herself to pieces on the "Whale's Rock," Green Bay. The vessel is known here.

The schr. St. Louis has arrived with coal from Cleveland. She will strip and lay up here, the coal being left in her until Spring. The round trip of this vessel has been a very quick one.

The tug Gardiner on Sunday morning left Oswego, light, at twenty minutes to nine o'clock, crossed the lake, went down the St. Lawrence, and reached Brockville at ten minutes to six, actual running time eight hours and fifty minutes for over 100 miles.

The grain trade has ceased. During the year the insurance companies have had no losses to cover in the importation service between Kingston and Montreal. The way in which the grain has been handled shows that the barges are in good repair.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 15, 1882