The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1889

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The str. Ontario has gone into quarters at Clayton.

The schr. Albacore left last night with paving stone for Deseronto.

Vessels are in demand to take stone from Dead Man's Bay quarry to Toronto.

The steamers Corsican and Spartan will go into winter quarters at Swift's wharf.

The schr. Wawanosh passed Port Colborne last night, from Toledo to Kingston, with corn.

The steamer Shickluna, from Kingston, passed Port Dalhousie on her way to Amherstburg, light.

The str. Tilley and consorts are loading railroad iron at the Montreal Transportation company's wharf for Port Arthur.

The steamers Resolute, Reliance, Saxon and Van Allan all left Oswego together on Monday. An exciting race followed. They reached Deseronto in the following order: Resolute, Van Allan, Reliance and Saxon. The smoke stack of the Van Allan caught fire on the trip, and some of the woodwork adjoining also caught, a pretty sure indication that she was burning all the fuel which the capacity of her furnaces would allow.

Not until the tug Myra was placed upon the Ogdensburg dry dock was the destructive force of the collision fully apparent. About amidships a jagged rent two feet wide at the top, and extending about five feet below the water line, marked the place where she was struck by the Rothesay. On either side of this cut for about ten feet the planking is stove in, and over twenty five feet of the rail torn off. Nine stanchions and a like number of frames are broken, covering boards destroyed, and the port side of the cabin crushed in. The steam pipe is cut off close to the boiler, and one of the engine frames broken. She presents an appearance as though every timber in her frame was shaken. It is supposed Sullivan was standing near the fireroom door at the time of the collision, and was thrown by the force of the shock into the hold of the tug.

Incidents Of The Day - John Finucan says arrangements had been almost completed by a Brockville syndicate to purchase the Rothesay when the news arrived of her mishap. He had an offer when he boarded the Rothesay on the evening of the disaster, an offer he says he is almost certain the owner would have accepted.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1889