The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 16, 1889

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Captain John Martin, of the tug Myra, sunk by collision with the steamer Rothesay on Thursday night, in an interview with an Ogdensburg Journal reporter, says he left Ogdensburg about 8 o'clock, with the barge Mary in tow, bound for Brockville. He saw the lights of the Rothesay distinctly, and when at a proper distance blew one blast on his whistle, which was the signal that he was to keep his own side of the river, the port side. After waiting a few moments he signalled in the same manner, all the time porting his helm, but received no reply. The Rothesay did not change her course or make any reply. When the Rothesay was too near to allow him to change his course, the Rothesay gave two blasts, a signal for the Myra to take the starboard side, but there was no time for him to change, and the Rothesay struck him amidships, as stated, breaking the steam pipe.

No arrangement has yet been made for the raising of the Rothesay, says the Brockville Times. The underwriters must first be heard from. It is likely to be a difficult piece of work, for she is not strong enough to be raised by two chains like the Armstrong, and therefore several will have to be passed under her, and as she rests on mud, this may necessitate digging a passage for them underneath her. At the same time she is not in anything like such a depth of water as the Armstrong sank in.

Marine Intelligence.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes is loading lumber for Charlotte.

The prop. Tilley and consorts arrived yesterday with grain from Chicago.

The steamer Enterprise and consorts arrived Saturday evening from Chicago with grain.

The steamer H.A. Calvin and consorts arrived at Garden Island yesterday with timber from Toledo.

John Goodwin, formerly a resident of Prescott, but now of Deseronto, an old man of 90 years, last week rowed from Deseronto to Prescott in a skiff, carrying with him a tent and provisions. He will return home in the same way.

It was expected that the Armstrong would be raised today. The bow of the boat was raised some distance but the stern yet rests in the bed of the river. Two more pontoons to be attached to the aft chain are expected to be down this afternoon. One of the leading chains parted but the diver recovered it.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 16, 1889