The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1886

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The prop. Myles lies sunken at Davidson & Doran's wharf, though Capt. Donnelly arranged his engine last night and pumped considerable wheat into the lake. This was done in order to prevent the cargo from swelling and bursting the decks. Nothing is being done today, pending the arrival of George McLeod, inspector for the American underwriter's pool in which the cargo is insured for $30,000 or $33,000. It is thought that the cargo will be abandoned. One of the firm of Myles & Co., Hamilton, is now here, and orders will be given for the raising of the craft. Capt. Donnelly may secure the contract. At noon, W. Bissonette, diver, examined the hull. He found that the propeller had struck on the shoal on the port side, which is towards the dock. Some say it will be difficult to raise her as the resistance will be very great in view of the position she occupies. It is said that the accident will cost Myles & Co. $15,000. Capt. Donnelly thinks it may take five weeks to raise the boat; she cannot, at any rate, get away from here before spring. Repairs will have to be made at Port Dalhousie or Ogdensburg. Today the furniture and all movable effects were removed from the steamer. Allen shoal is in line with the Snake Island, penitentiary and Cedar Island shoals. Vessels entering the harbour do not usually approach so near the shore and consequently avoid the shoal. It has only been discovered in recent years. Capt. Paul intends calling the government's attention to the obstruction. The barque John Breden once struck on it.

p.8 Work Done For The Season - Capt. Paul has concluded the season's work on the Point Frederick Shoal. Workmen have been engaged since last May, and a very large amount of work was done. There is now 12 feet of water over the shoal. The rocky reef is about 1,070 feet long and 300 or 400 feet wide. It will take some years yet to secure a uniform depth of sixteen feet over the shoal.


The prop. Niagara, en route to Hamilton, called at Swift's wharf yesterday.

The schr. W. Elgin has cleared for Oswego with 132,865 ft. of lumber.

The storm signal announcing a heavy gale from the west has been ordered up.

The steambarge Reliance, with lumber, and the schr. Philo Bennett, grain, have gone to Oswego.

The prop. Nipegon, about which anxiety has been felt, is safe at Pie Island some twenty miles from Port Arthur.

A Belleville alderman says the work done at that port by the dredge is the worst ever known. Money is being wasted.

The prop. Clinton and schr. Grimsby have been chartered by Breck & Booth to carry ore from Weller's Bay to Cleveland at $1 per ton.

The str. Eleanor and barges, with 200,000 feet of lumber, from Ottawa for Swift, are en route to the city. The lumber will be transhipped and sent to Oswego.

Yesterday a quantity of wreckage from the schr. Belle Mitchell was driven ashore at Erie, Pa. by the wind. With it was the body of the vessel's cook, Mrs. Dick, sister of Capt. Rusho. Fishermen are on the lookout for the bodies of the rest of the crew. Mate George Beaupre was married and resided on Grindstone Island. He was married to a sister of Capt. Rusho.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1886