The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 28, 1889

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p.1 Dry Dock Contract - Things are quiet once more about the dry dock office. For several weeks from ten to twenty persons have been examining the plans. Mr. Strong could not say how many tenders were put in, but he imagined there would not be less than twenty. Of course the security required (certified cheques for $20,000 each) would knock some out. It is proposed to excavate for the dock at first, the earth to be utilized on the crib work on the west side. The coffer dam, extending about the property, will be built at the same time.

p.4 Boat Of A Peculiar Kind - Mr. W.H. Power has been instructed to construct a steamer near the city of Ottawa for a ferry company. The boat will be 110 feet keel, 35 feet over the yards, with a hold 9 feet deep. She will be propelled by two screws, one at each end of her, and have two rudders. She will not have to turn about at either end of the route. The engine will be located amidships. This will be the first boat of the kind built in Canada. She will be used for ferry purposes on the Ottawa river, distance one mile and a quarter, and will carry 400 passengers.



Shut Up In A Lighthouse

Rescued By The Life-Saving Crew.

Oswego, March 28th - Beacon light-keeper Cotter has had a thrilling experience. He went out to the beacon to prepare it when the brisk north-east wind drove in a large field of ice, cutting off communications with shore. A choppy sea kept the ice surging and dancing and crushing, making it impossible to venture out with a boat to the rescue. After Mr. Cotter had been imprisoned thirty hours without food, Captain Blackburn, of the life-saving station, was called upon to devise some means to get Mr. Cotter ashore. He brought one of the Lisle guns, used at the station to shoot lines over stranded vessels, and fired a line over the lighthouse, and a hawser was pulled out, which Mr. Cotter made fast at the beacon. The breeches buoy used to bring wrecked sailors ashore was then sent out and Mr. Cotter climbed in. There being no elevated points at which either end of the line could be fastened there was considerable slackness in consequence, and Mr. Cotter was pulled to the pier through the water and ice. He was thoroughly chilled and exhausted, but glad to get ashore.

On Board the Steamer Peel - East Zorra, Ont. has couple who were forced off Sir Robert Peel in 1838.

p.8 Opening of Navigation - str. Pierrepont breaks through ice; gives dates for opening and closing of navigation from 1867 to 1889.

Passed A Good Examination - Capt. T. Donnelly, who expects to be gazetted inspector of hulls in the place of Capt. Dick, resigned, passed a highly creditable examination yesterday. One examiner, who has been a mariner for over fifty years, said today that Capt. Donnelly was a very intelligent young man, thoroughly versed in marine matters and well qualified for the situation he is trying for.


The steambarge Nile is receiving extensive repairs at Deseronto.

J. Pendergrast, second engineer of the steamer D.D. Calvin, arrived today from Cornwall.

The steamer Chaffey has been sold to Captain Langevine, of Montreal. The steamer is at Prescott.

The yacht Merle of Oswego, built by Burgess, has been purchased by Messrs. McMurchy and Michie, of Toronto.

H.A. Calvin says that timber freights are a little in advance of those last year. More timber will also be brought forward.

Eleven years ago fishing boats left Cape Vincent for Grenadier Island on March 7th. On March 11th tugs with tows passed up the river and navigation opened at that early date.

The double ended steamer Canadian is being torn to pieces and rebuilt at Oakville. Another deck is to be added to her height, a new wheel house constructed at either end and new machinery put into her hold.

Capt. Laroche will be in command of the new barge Valencia, of Garden Island, to be a consort of the steamer D.D. Calvin, and Capt. Smith will have charge of the barge Norway. The other Garden Island vessels will be commanded as heretofore.

Grain freights at Milwaukee are sluggish. Yesterday the steamer John Rugee was chartered to load 65,000 bushels of wheat for Kingston at 5 cents. This is the first engagement of the season. At Chicago the steamer D.J. Foley and consort American Union were engaged for corn to Kingston at 5 cents.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 28, 1889