The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 18, 1889

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The schr. Philo Bennett is loading lumber for Oswego.

The schr. Eliza Fisher is loaded with ties for Charlotte.

John Dandy and E. Mulleen were appointed shipping-masters for the seamen's union yesterday.

The prop. Celtic arrived yesterday afternoon with grain from Chicago. She lightened and proceeded to Montreal.

The prop. Tilley's consorts are loading railroad iron. The prop. Tilley, in the meantime, has gone to Toledo for a load of grain.

It is said that the St. Lawrence will come out with a new engine next year that will give her sufficient power to beat any boat on the river.

The fourth pontoon has been sunk successfully alongside of the Armstrong, and it is hoped that the next attempt to raise it will be successful. A trial will be made today.

The steamer Rothesay, which suffered in the collision near Prescott on Friday, was built at Carleton, N.B., (for Enoch Lunt) by the Messrs. Olive, from models and specifications furnished by M.S. Allison, a celebrated steamboat builder of Jersey City. The steamer was 200 feet keel and 55 feet over the guards, was fitted with five saloons and other appointments, and was swift of speed. The Rothesay was too large and expensive a boat to be successfully run on the St. John River, and was eventually sent to Upper Canadian waters.


A short time ago the Kingston Foundry was sold to W.G. Craig, connected with A. Gunn & Co.'s wholesale establishment. Since the sale negotiations have been going on with a view to the establishment of a syndicate, to conduct the work. Today matters were brought to a finish, and a syndicate composed of E.W. Rathbun, A. Gunn, W.G. Craig, Folger Brothers, Captain Gaskin, P.R. Henderson and H.A. Calvin was formed.

These men will have sufficient work accruing from their individual enterprises to keep the works in full blast. They represent the Rathbun company, Deseronto; Montreal Transportation Company and Kingston and Montreal Forwarding company, Calvin Company and the St. Lawrence steamboat company.....


The Barge Gaskin With All Leslie's Material Beneath The Surface.

Brockville, Ont., Sept. 18th - While engaged in placing two large pontoons under water to raise the steamer Armstrong at noon, today, one of the pontoons came up with such force that it knocked a large hole in the bottom of the barge Gaskin, sinking it alongside of the Armstrong. No lives were lost. All the material for raising the Armstrong was on the barge.

The Very Latest.

Brockville, Sept. 18th - About one o'clock today, two of the pontoons used in raising the Armstrong broke loose. On coming up one struck the barge Gaskin amidships and made such a hole in her that she sunk at once and now lies along side of the Armstrong in a hundred feet of water. The barge went down almost immediately, only three minutes elapsing from the time she was struck until she disappeared. The hands on the barge escaped safely with the exception of the cook, who was considerably injured. The loss of the material on the barge is estimated at $9,000.

It Was A Kingston Boat.

The barge Robert Gaskin is owned by Captain S. Fraser, of this city. She was a tow barge formerly with the prop. Scotia, but being too old for service she was retired last year. When she sank she had on board material used in wrecking the steamer Armstrong. A steam pump, a donkey engine, and a quantity of tools are supposed to have been lost. The material was owned by W.B. Leslie, who took the contract to raise the steamer and place her on the Ogdensburg ways for $10,000. Unless the boat was lifted no money was to be paid.

Mr. Leslie has been engaged at the work for a month. The wreckers used the Gaskin for working on and from it the pontoons, chains, etc., were lowered by derrick. The pontoons were large iron structures and capable of raising one hundred tons each. From the brief telegram to hand it would seem that the pontoon had been filled with air and breaking loose from its fastenings came up with great force doing damage sufficient to sink the barge. The material is thought to be worth $10,000.

The cook was a Kingston woman. A week ago Capt. Booth hired her and sent her to Brockville on the mail boat. She resides on Alfred street. Her name was not secured.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 18, 1889