The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 12, 1889

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The tug Walker and tow arrived yesterday with 100,000 bushels of grain from Duluth. After unloading she proceeded to Toledo.

The tug McArthur towed another pontoon from Portsmouth today. It will be used in connection with the raising of the steamer Armstrong, still lying at the bottom of the river near Brockville.

The schr. Lewis Ross, wrecked on Rondeau harbor, is undoubtedly a total loss. No attempt will be made to raise her, nor will the owners of the cargo endeavor to save the 424 tons of block stone with which she was loaded. The stone was for the Toronto Stone Company, from their quarries at Pelee Island, and was insured for about $2,000 in the Western.

The Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Company have purchased 150,000 feet of oak timber at Georgian Bay. A consignment of the timber arrived over the G.T.R. today and after being made into rafts was towed to Portsmouth. Mr. Stewart, manager of the company, says he intends to build a large vessel for lake service this winter. Divers commenced today to repair the marine railway leading into the company's yard at Portsmouth.

The attempt to raise the Armstrong yesterday, says the Brockville Times, was again a failure, but not for want of exertion on the part of Capt. Leslie and his men. There was a serious leak in one of the pontoons through which the air escaped to the surface in a foam of bubbles. This, of course, delayed the emptying of the pontoons greatly. Pumping with the compressor was continued until late at night, however, and it is thought that the bow of the Armstrong is clear and off the bottom. She sank stern first and is embedded to the depth of some eight feet in the clay bottom at the stern and this holds her fast. The McArthur made an effort to tow her into shallower water late last evening but this also proved a failure, proving that she is far from forty feet from bottom as was currently reported. The diver is at present engaged in trying to do something to stop the escape of air, but it is not probable that anything further can be done today. Capt. Leslie is determined to raise her and doubtless will succeed though the difficulties to be encountered are many and hard to overcome.

It Goes To The Gracie - the silver cup for yachts.

DOWN AT THE DRYDOCK - the work being accomplished by the contractors.

The WhereNow On a Cruise - steamyacht.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 12, 1889