The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 15, 1888

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p.1 Dining The Waiters - spread put on by steward on str. Spartan.



The schooner Bay Trader is at Toronto from the wreck of the barge Oriental with 380 tons of coal taken from the sunken barge. The tug Alert and schooner Bay Trader, owned by Carter Bros., Port Dalhousie, and fitted up with all the necessary appliances, left Port Dalhousie last Saturday for the wreck, for the purpose of getting out the coal which had been sold to Carter Bros. With the wreckers was Diver Edward Smiley, of Port Dalhousie. There was not much difficulty experienced in finding the Oriental, which lay in 10 feet of water. Diver Smiley, who went down, reports that the wreck was not in such a bad condition as was imagined, and was better than he expected to find it. The decks were gone, also the cabin and upper works. The hull, however, was intact.

The coal, 700 tons of it, was in the hold. Some little difficulty was experienced in keeping the schooner over the Oriental, as the weather was rough, and the bottom being rocky, the anchors would not hold. Carter Bros. had with them a cataract centrifugal pump, which under ordinary circumstances would pump fifty tons per hour. The donkey engine, boiler, anchor, and chains were first taken out of the vessel. The engine was put on board the steambarge Clinton on Thursday night and the rest landed at Port Dalhousie. They returned to Port Dalhousie on Saturday and left again the next day. Pumping operations were proceeded with Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and about 380 tons got out. All sorts of truck came up with the coal, including spikes, nails, bolts, pieces of wood and a good-sized block. A knife, supposed to have belonged to Captain Stewart was also found. Mr. Smiley will retain it as a keepsake. Carter Bros. expect to get the remainder of the coal.



On Tuesday the str. Rothesay made the run from Kingston to Brockville in four hours.

The str. St. Lawrence arrived today and went into ordinary. She has closed a successful season.

The schr. Grantham cleared today for Cleveland with iron ore.

The schr. White Oak is loading ties and spruce wood at Rathbun's for Charlotte.

The steamer St. Lawrence ran away from the steamer Island Wanderer on the run from Kingston to Clayton on Thursday.

The steamer Spartan, for Montreal on Sunday morning, will be the last of the mail steamers for this season, and will leave at 4:45 o'clock. She went up the lake last night on the last trip in that direction.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 15, 1888