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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1884

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Working At The Shoal.

Every morning a tug and hoister go out to the shoal opposite Point Frederick. Capt. Paul, the superintendent, says lots of work has to be done before any blasting can be performed. This year the weather has been admirable, and already nearly as much has been done as was accomplished all last season. The width of the shoal is 320 feet, its length 1,020 ft. It is the intention to remove the stone so that a uniform depth of sixteen feet of water will be secured. The shoal in some places is only seven and eight feet below the surface. Some people thought the work could be finished in a season, but there is no prospect of blasting being done even this year. The rock lies in layers, and by the use of handspikes it can be lifted out in great blocks. As long as possible blasting will be avoided. Four divers are employed. All the great boulders, which damaged vessels more than the flat stone, have been cleared away.

Attending A Lawsuit - Capt. J. Donnelly is in St. Catharines, a witness in a suit brought by the proprietors of the tug line against Mr. Beatty, of Montreal, for the towage of the steamships Alberta, Algoma and Athabasca through the Welland canal last fall. Mr. Beatty hired the tugs to tow the ships through at a certain time, but they were detained and the tugs charged for the time they were lying idle. This Mr. Beatty refuses to pay for.


The Pilot has arrived from Deseronto.

The schr. Nassau arrived this morning with 20,625 bush. corn.

The tug Wright towed the schr. White Star to Oswego this morning.

The schrs. Bangalore and Hyderabad have been laid up. No business.

The Thompson left with four barges for Montreal and 80,000 bush. grain.

The steamer Puritan took 200 people from Gananoque to Clayton last evening.

The Princess Louise will start tomorrow at 4 o'clock on her regular route to Alexandria Bay.

The schr. Nassau left this afternoon to load coal at Charlotte, and Itasca to load coal at Oswego.

The tug McArthur is expected to arrive at Collinsby from Port Hope with a large raft tonight.

The steambarge Albion and barge Ark left yesterday for the Georgian Bay to load timber for Collinsby.

The schr. Hannah Butler is discharging coal at the penitentiary in fulfilment of Breck & Booth's contract.

The prop. Georgian, at Peninsula Harbor, struck a rock. Her stern sank in 42 feet of water. The propeller is insured for $12,500.

The prop. California has been floated off the Detroit dry dock, having received an entirely new bottom and other extensive repairs.

Work still proceeds at the Murray Canal. It is 120 feet wide at the top, 80 feet wide at the bottom, and will float a vessel drawing 14 feet of water.

Swift's - Arrivals: Str. Corsican, Toronto; schrs. Oliver Mowat, Fairhaven, 600 tons coal; Flora Carveth, Toledo, 450 tons soft coal; Annie Foster, Oswego, 250 tons coal.

The propeller was seen, raised to her proper position in the water, but with the pumps still at work and two tugs along side. She is not the wrecked sight that was expected.

The steamer Rothesay, after undergoing extensive repairs, has commenced her regular trips on the river and among the Thousand Islands. The repairs consisted of many new floor timbers and side keelsons along the engine, keelsons, several new timbers forward and aft, streaks of plank forward and along the sides where they were required, new guards on both sides, fore and aft, new beams, rails, timber heads, decks, watertight compartments forward, etc. The work was done under the inspection of Capt. J.B. Estes, a gentleman of extensive and practical experience, and one well posted in all the requirements of steamboats for safety and comfort. The repairs cost about $5,000.

p.3 A Vicious Fight - Capt. Rothwell, of str. Princess Louise, saw it at Brakey Bay, foot of Wolfe Island.

Incidents Of the Day - At the Trenton yacht race the Surprise was upset and the crew rescued by the Dauntless. The Iolanthe won, with the Enid second.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1884