The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 9, 1887

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p.8 Portsmouth Paragraphs - The villagers are much elated over the prospect of having the breakwater repaired and a dry dock built.

The men in the M.T. Co.'s yard did not observe Good Friday as a holiday.

The old Portsmouth tannery is gradually disappearing. The vats are being taken up and the ground filled in.


On Thursday afternoon the steam pumps on the Myles lightened her so that she floated. Suddenly her chains, which held her to a dock, snapped and she careened to one side. The chains, underneath her, were sufficiently strong to prevent her reaching the bottom. She is at present in a bad position. After the accident it was discovered that there was a hole in her bow that had not been battened. Diver Coulson closed it up. There were some narrow escapes from accident. Two sons of Hon. G.A. Kirkpatrick were on the boat when she listed, and they were slipping overboard when a workman seized them and threw them on the wharf. Had they gone into the water alongside the wharf they would have been fatally crushed. One of them lost his hat in the excitement. A crowd was about the craft when the chains snapped. Lately spectators have become so bold that they have actually incommoded the workmen with their presence.

Yesterday another of the chains underneath the Myles broke, but she did not get any lower in consequence. The other chains were able to hold her up.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 9, 1887