The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 7, 1883

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p.2 An Unfortunate Craft - The steam-barge Anna Smith and her consort, the James C. King, arrived at Oswego on Sunday and narrowly escaped destruction. It was the first time the Captain of the barge sailed on Lake Ontario. On his way up the river he struck a rock near the Thousand Island Park and ran on several feet. He was there several days. The revenue cutter Bibb endeavored to pull the boat off, but without success. The wrecker Hiram A. Calvin was telegraphed for and released the barge at the first pull, charging for her service $500. The tow then started for Oswego. At Kingston they remained several hours on account of the weather. On Sunday morning about 1 o'clock the tow arrived off Oswego. Both were light and pitched in the sea badly. The barge was afraid to make the harbour with the schooner in tow. The tug Dana failed to answer the call. The barge steered badly and drifted to leeward. She was obliged to try and get into the new harbour in order to keep the vessel off the breakwater. She failed, and her port bow struck the corner of the old lighthouse pier, staving in a large hole just above the water line. By this time the tug Dana got a line to the vessel and both were landed safely in the new harbor.



The big side wheel tug Conqueror, after undergoing repairs, was launched off Power's Marine Railway this morning.

The barge Eagle, of the Montreal Transportation Company, which has been entirely renewed from keel to covering board, will be launched at once. She has a capacity of 23,000 bushels of grain.

Early yesterday morning a barge belonging to Hall & Co., Ogdensburg, completely carried away the pair of locks No. 5 on the Cornwall Canal. Local Superintendent McDonald immediately proceeded to investigate the extent of the damages and direct preliminaries for repairs. According to the telegrams received it will require from two to three days to repair the break; in other words, navigation through the canal will be stopped during that time.

One of the divers at the sunken schr. Sam Cooke relates that in raising a pile of lumber he disturbed some of the boards and immediately was surrounded by myriads of eels. He says they swam around and against him and did not exhibit the slightest fear. He has a good idea now of what is meant by the saying, "as slippery as an eel." He would catch them in his hands, but they slipped out as though he was trying to grasp a lot of quicksilver. There will be a lively time when the vessel is raised, as the diver says thousands of the snaky fish will come up with her.

The bridge, according to law and the charter of the Cataraqui Company, must open at the draw to every boat which whistles for it. The bridgeman will please bear this in mind if he does not want a law suit on hand.

p.4 Canal Building - work progresses at Murray Canal.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 7, 1883