The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 31, 1889

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The Way The Steamer Armstrong Is To Be Brought Up.

Last Friday evening the steamer Rival of Quebec, but in the employ of the Collinsby company, having the schooner Jessie Breck in tow, called at Clayton for the purpose of holding on all night. Capt. Thomas Mooney was in charge and is the foreman for the company that has been engaged in trying to raise the Armstrong. Capt. Mooney says "she will come up this time." The way they are going to do it is this: Two schooners, each three masters, the schooners Neelon and Jessie Breck, will be securely anchored on each side of the Armstrong and held firmly together by large oak timbers. On these hydraulic jackscrews will be worked. Three chains made of one and one fourth (1 1/4) inch iron are to be used, passing under the hull of the Armstrong, and each capable of raising one thousand tons. To these chains the screws will be attached, and as fast as the Armstrong is raised she will be towed ashore, or until she touches bottom, thus the work will go on, simultaneously raising and going into shallower water, so that in case any tackle gives way they will save what advantage was previously gained. The work will not be undertaken before the river freezes, the object being to get the benefit of smooth water.

On Monday the large timbers to be used in connection with jacking up the Armstrong, were unloaded at the upper end of the C.P.R. wharf, Brockville, where they will remain until needed. The jacks which Capt. Leslie procured are expected to arrive from Ogdensburg in a few days, after which work will again commence. [Utica Herald]

Saved From Going Down - str. Magic at dock in Clayton, N.Y., damaged by high winds.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 31, 1889