The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1883

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p.2 Condensed Telegrams - live seals seen at Grenadier Island, Lake Ontario, on several occasions; last was about ten years ago.


Mr. Merryman, the wrecker, will raise the prop. Oneida sunk near Alexandria Bay.

The schr. Sam Cook will be lowered to the bottom of the river and left there until spring.

The schr. Monitor, ore laden for Cleveland, is ashore near Manistique and full of water.

The str. Athabasca has been handed over to Capt. John Donnelly at Lachine, and the parts are now en route to Kingston.

The Government will build lock gate houses for the accommodation of the keepers and bridge men on the Welland Canal.

Capt. Cuthbert, of the yacht Atalanta, has left for Chicago to superintend the building of a new boat on an altogether new model.

Wm. Webster, engineer of the Chicora, is in Picton superintending to the improvements to the machinery of the Empress of India, with a view to increasing her speed. Her speed will be 15 miles an hour.

The steam barge Kingsford, loaded with lumber at Trenton for Oswego, ran aground last night on a sunken pier in the river there and can't get off, unless lightened, in consequence of there being no tug in Trenton at the present time.

New Steamer For The Bay.

The boat now being built here by Mr. Davis for the river and the Bay of Quinte route will be finished by the opening of navigation in the spring. She will carry between 300 and 400 passengers, and her dimensions will be 82 feet long, 17 feet beam, 6 feet depth of hold, 12 x 12 cylinder, steel boilers and 4 1/2 foot screw. She will draw 4 1/2 feet of water, light. Messrs. Davidson & Doran are manufacturing the machinery. The steamer is expected to run from 14 to 15 miles an hour and make two trips per day from Napanee to Picton and Bay ports. The cost will be about $8,000.

Seizure Of The Spartan.

The Detroit Dry Dock Company have seized the steamer Spartan as payment for the extensive repairs done to her during the past summer. Early last spring the Spartan was wrecked on Lake Superior and was abandoned to the insurance companies by her owners. An expedition was fitted out and the steamer taken to Detroit. When she came out of the dry-dock the Insurance Companies refused to pay the duty on her repairs. The Spartan's repairs were so large that she can be turned into an American steamer. The claims against her for repairs amount to $31,000, and since her seizure Capt. S.B. Grummond has filed a claim against her amounting to $7,000 for services of the tug Winslow in releasing the steamer and towing her to Detroit.

Conqueror's Crew Arrived.

Yesterday the engineers, pilots and crew of the Conqueror arrived here and reported the details in connection with the sinking of that steamer. Thursday night, they say, on the river was very dark, and off Clayton navigation became more difficult by a fall of snow. When off Johnson's Light, in the vicinity of Fisher's Landing, the tug, while under a full head of steam, struck a rock and began to make water rapidly. In half an hour she had filled and sunk about 200 yards from where she lay after the accident last summer. The men had time to save their clothing and bedding, which they carried to and deposited on the bow of the boat. She lies seven feet under water at the bow and thirty feet at the stern. What the condition of her bottom is no one can tell at present; it is believed that there is not only a bad hole in her iron hull but that her bottom is torn considerably by the jump over the obstruction after the concussion.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1883