The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1889

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The schr. Ella Murton, Capt. Saunders, is waiting at Charlotte to load coal.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes has gone to Cleveland to load coal for Owen Sound.

The tug David G. Thompson arrived yesterday from Oswego with three barges laden with coal.

The tug J.P. Clark has been fined $400 by the Canadian customs authorities for landing a tow at Sarnia without reporting.

The schr. Heather Bell discharged 8,000 bushels of wheat on Friday at Richardson & Sons dock. She cleared for Fairhaven to load coal.

The str. Armstrong will not be as easily raised as was at first expected. She lies deep in the mud. This makes it very difficult for divers to work at her as it is very dark. It will be some time before she is raised.

A chain has been placed under the Armstrong's bow and others are being placed. The cars of coal which went down with the boat are still on her deck. The diver doing the work is Pat Etchmein from Quebec. He thoroughly understands his business.

The new schooner built in Picton for R. La Rush, Wolfe Island, was launched on Friday last, and named the Maggie L. She will be fitted out at once and be ready for business shortly. R. LaRush states that although his contractor, William Redmond, is not quite up to time that had he to order another boat he would engage the same builder.

On Friday afternoon some person wrote on the bulletin at the Brockville post office that the str. Rothesay had sunk. Those who had friends on board became excited and anxious. There was not a word of truth in the report. A liberal reward will be paid by Mr. Carswell, agent, to any person giving information that will lead to the discovery of the perpetrator of the dastardly trick.

ad - Cataraqui Graving Dock - now ready to dock vessels 150 feet long, 3 (sic) feet wide, 8 1/2 feet draft. Foot of Wellington Street. T. Howard, foreman.

Portsmouth Paragraphs - The steamer Pierrepont has arrived in the harbor with the St. Lawrence in tow. The St. Lawrence is to be hauled out on Gunn's ways. The steam barge Nipegon and tow are in the harbor with 50,000 bushels corn from Chicago.


Successfully Raised And Now Ready For The Dry Dock

The steamer Algerian sunk early Thursday morning at Ferrin's Point on her way from Montreal to Toronto, is again afloat. Capt. John Donnelly and John Donnelly, jr. arrived at the sunken vessel at 10 o'clock Friday morning. They immediately began the work of raising her. At five o'clock she was pumped out and floating. The wreckers had her listed on her port side. On the lee side two large holes were made in her by two buckets of the wheel. One patch of boiler plate was put on measuring 3 x 4 feet, and another two feet square. Both patches were fastened by screw bolts. The hollow between the sides and the patches were filled in with Portland cement, making the injured parts strong. Yesterday morning she got up steam and arrived in Kingston during the afternoon. She will be ready to take her regular trip on Tuesday from Toronto to Montreal.

Praise is due Capt. Trowell, of the Algerian, for running her ashore when he did. If she had gone down in deep water it would have taken a long time to have raised her, and the cost would also have been much greater. She left last night for Toronto.

The steamer St. Lawrence, ashore on Hog Island, arrived at the Portsmouth dry dock about 11 o'clock last night. As far as can be seen at present her injuries will not amount to $500. Her machinery was not moved an eighth of an inch. The report that it would cost $20,000 to repair her was caused by people judging her to be built on the same principle as other lake boats. But she is not. Her frame work is made on the principle of an iron bridge, the braces being all on an angle, so that whatever part of her was struck she would be able to stand the strain. It is expected that she will be ready for work in a few days.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1889