The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 4, 1865

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The Spartan, as our readers will remember, was sunk on the 26th of August on her downward trip, striking a shoal rock below Lachine, opposite the Government pier. She had sunk in 23 feet of water, there being about 2 1/2 feet on her promenade deck. Preparations were immediately made to raise her, and on the 5th September the work was commenced under the superintendence of Mr. Davidson, Marine Inspector of the Provincial Insurance Company; Captain Douglas, of the Western Insurance Company of Toronto, and Captain Howard, commander of the Spartan. Four barges belonging to Messrs. Henderson & Glassford, were moored, two on each side; eight timber arches, of heavy square timber, were laid from barge to barge over the sunken hull, and inch and a half cable chains having been passed round the Spartan under her keel and fastened to these arches. She was gradually raised by the mechanical power of 64 screw jacks applied beneath screw-blocks. These screws were worked by eighty men, chiefly Caughnawaga Indians. It occupied three days to raise the hull eleven feet, the weight to be lifted being over 360 tons. She was finally raised to the required level on Friday last, when, having worked her bow round on to the mud, the two forward barges were removed, the other two still supporting her stern. A hole was found in her, where she struck the rock, of 22 feet in length, with an average width of 8 inches. The extent of this accounts for the rapidity with which she went down. Today the hole, with the assistance of the divers, is to be stopped, when the pumps will be immediately placed on board, and the water taken out, after which it is expected she will be in a condition to be taken into port, where it is hoped she will be arrive tomorrow evening. She will be taken to Cantin's Dry-dock for repairs. The cost of raising her simply is estimated at $5,000. The Spartan has sustained very little damage, except in her joiner work, which had to be cut away to leave room for the timber arches. She will be fitted up again in every respect in as good style as before the accident, and will be ready to take her place in the line at the opening of navigation next spring. [Montreal Gazette]

-The U.S. gun boat Little Ada touched here at noon today, and stopped about five minutes at the Inland Navigation Company's wharf. The river pilot got off to return to Montreal. The vessel is a beautiful little craft, and had she stayed longer would have attracted more attention.

p.3 Imports - 3,4.

Vessels To And From Canadian Ports Passing Through The Welland Canal - 3rd.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 4, 1865