The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 14, 1890

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The schooner Mary arrived from St. Catharines with wheat.

The schr. Graham will clear for Charlotte this evening.

At Duluth freights to Kingston are: wheat 3 3/4 cents and corn 3 1/2 cents.

The Maggie L. left this afternoon for Oswego with 3,000 bushels of barley.

The steam barge Freemason and consort are undergoing repairs at Portsmouth.

Capt. George W. Doty, of Port Huron, has bought the schr. Jessie for $1,500.

The schr Lizzie A. Law, grain laden for Buffalo, is aground in Chicago Harbor.

10,000 tons of ice are stored on the docks at Port Arthur, Ont. for shipment to Lake Erie ports.

The harbour presented a fine appearance on Saturday afternoon as the Garden Island fleet sailed out.

Capt. Vandusen, of the schooner Julia, got the new hat for the first vessel to load coal at the D.L. & W. transit, Oswego.

The crew of the str. Maynard for this season will be as follows: A. Charlebois, master; Lewis Kenyon, engineer; John Farrel, fireman.

The prop. D.D. Calvin and tow cleared Saturday for Detroit from Garden Island. The prop. Armenia also cleared with a tow for the same place.

A petition is being circulated asking that Capt. Christie's certificate be restored to him. A similar one has been prepared in Belleville, Picton and other points along the bay.

It is likely that the M.T. Company's new barge will be launched on Saturday. Capt. John Geoghegan will command her. The dredge started work this morning. Over a thousand persons visited the vessel yesterday. The reason Saturday was chosen for the day of the launching is to give school children an opportunity of witnessing it.

General Paragraphs - The Calvin company's first raft of the season left for Quebec this afternoon in tow of the steamer John A. Macdonald. It contained ten drams timber.


The Globe of Saturday has an illustrated article on the raising of the wrecked Armstrong. The total cost of raising the craft was $15,000. It is put this way: "The contract price is $10,000, but before Mr. Leslie abandoned the old means of raising the vessel by jacks he had expended more than that amount in unsuccessful attempts to raise the vessel, and still the Armstrong lay quietly at the bottom, the resort of curious fishes. Then it became a question of losing $10,000 outright, or of spending a few thousand more, and, in the event of being successful, recover the amount of the contract. This was the position in which Mr. Leslie found himself. He stood to loose $10,000 in fruitless attempts to raise the Armstrong if he abandoned her; if, by spending $5,000 more, he was successful he would lose only $5,000. The total cost of raising the vessel was $15,000."

One of the first steps taken in the preliminary arrangements to raise the Armstrong was the purchase of a huge chain at Quebec. This chain, which is doubtless the largest in Canada, was made by the British government for the purpose of blockading the harbors in the Crimean war. It was sent out to Quebec by the British admiralty many years ago to be sold for whatever it would bring. Mr. Leslie procured two car loads of it to raise the Armstrong. Some idea of its size and strength may be conveyed by a statement of the fact that each link of this great chain weighs sixty-eight pounds and is supposed to have a breaking capacity of 125 tons. It was broken in one of the attempts to raise the Armstrong.

Over the failure to raise her last fall a dispute has arisen between her owner and Mr. Leslie, so that in all probability the long struggle with the river for the possession of the ferry will be followed by a long struggle in the courts for the recovery of the amount of the contract.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 14, 1890