The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1889

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p.1 A Time of Excitement - excursion on str. St. Lawrence; broke walking beam when coming back into harbor.


The schr. Tradewind, with lumber, cleared for Oswego this morning.

The barge Williams is loading phosphate for Montreal at Richardson's.

The tug Freemason with three barges leave tonight for Ottawa with granite.

The prop. Canada arrived this morning from Chicago and after lightening proceeded to Montreal.

Mr. Collier has purchased the schr. Vickery sunk off Wells' Island and will raise her as soon as he can get permission from the United States authorities.

For some time men have been trying to remove a dangerous butment from a wharf at Oswego. Last week the stone in the buttress was removed and it floated away. On Saturday the captain of a schooner which arrived with grain reported that he met the floating wharf near the False Ducks. The tug Jessie Hall with a crew of seven or eight men went in search of it. They went as far as Tiimber Island, but did not find any trace of it. If any boat collides with it the result will be bad for it is large and heavy.


The attempt to raise the Armstrong has not been made owing to delays from various unforeseen causes. In the first place the chain around her centre was left too slack while lowering the pontoon and it therefore coiled away alongside, the pontoon resting on top of it. Early this morning an attempt was made to raise this slack and some fifteen feet were pulled up, but it is not known whether the cable is short enough to lift her in the middle. This, however, is of no great consequence as the fore and aft chains are sufficient to bring her up. The diver then had to go down to close the valve left open to allow the leeward pontoon to sink. These valves were intended to be automatic, but from some cause or another this one did not work in the way intended, allowing the air to escape as fast as it was pumped in. The hose got a kink in it and this caused a break.

It will take some time to force the water out of the pontoons, somewhere about an hour and a half, but, owing to this being their first trial it is impossible to tell correctly. These pontoons are of a new kind, the ordinary ones hitherto used being simply great wooden boxes out of which the water was pumped when sunk and secured. These pontoons, however, from all appearances are vastly superior to the old sort. If everything goes well the Armstrong will probably come up well. It then depends on her position, whether well out of the water or not, whether she will be run ashore and a fresh lift taken, or whether she will be towed immediately to her destiination, Ogdensburg. The former course will probably be taken.

It was reported this morning in Kingston that the steamer is not yet brought up as one of the pontoons will not retain the air pumped into it. The tug McArthur went down last night. Another trial will be made today. [Brockville Times]

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1889