The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 26, 1889

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The steam barge Tecumseh is at Portsmouth loading 600 tons of railroad iron for Windsor.

The steamer Huron, blocking the Cornwall canal, was floated again and proceeded to Montreal.

The captain and crew of the sunken steamer Rothesay have received their pay, a matter of some $1,300.

The schrs. James Mowat and Pensaukee passed Port Dalhousie last night from Chicago to Kingston with corn.

J. Donnelly, jr., with a steam pump and diver, has gone to the rescue of the prop. Africa, sunk off Clapperton Island, Georgian Bay. He has hired the tug Resolute.

The following passed Port Colborne last night for Kingston: schr. Singapore, Cleveland, coal; schr. S.H. Dunn, Toledo, timber, schr. St. Louis, Duluth, wheat; str. Myles, West Superior, wheat.

The plaintiffs in the case of John Lasha and others vs. the steamer Rothesay, pursuant to an order of the court, have advertised the steamer and all her furniture, cables, anchors and small boats to be sold at Prescott on Oct. 30th.

The elevators at West Superior are handling great quantities of wheat. The Canadian vessels are beginning to reach the port for return cargoes of wheat to Montreal and Kingston, the high rate paid being an inducement to go there from Port Arthur.


Tangled In The Ropes of The Vickery's Rigging.

A diver at work on the schr. Vickery had a narrow escape a few days ago. At the point where the schooner is sunk a very strong current is running, and it is with great difficulty that a diver can maintain a working position on her decks, and as her sails are all set just as they were when she sank the task is doubly more difficult and dangerous, owing to the swaying to and fro of the booms. The diver went down for the purpose of sawing a hole in the deck, and securing himself by holding on to something, commenced operations. A few minutes later he was obliged to let go his hold for some reason and at the same time he received an extra quantity of air from above, which, together with the strong current of water, carried him into the rigging of the vessel. He became tangled in the meshes of the rope and was held fast. The attendant above feeling the movement of the signal rope and not understanding it, concluded the diver wished to be pulled, which he accordingly commenced doing. But to his dismay he found that he could not do it, and the harder he pulled the worse became the entanglement of the diver down below. After remaining in this position for nearly an hour the diver succeeded in extracting himself by means of the saw which he still held in his hand, and was brought to the surface, in a very exhausted condition. He says that a few minutes more would have ended his earthly career.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 26, 1889