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Wellington (Steamboat), 7 Jul 1881


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Advices from Garden Island, July 7th, says: The steamer WELLINGTON, which has lain sunk in this bay here during the past five or six years, was pumped out and placed on the marine railway today to be rebuilt. The pumping was done by rather a novel contrivance. A large box, seemingly about fifteen feet long and four or five feet square, was placed in the hold of the steamer. Inside this huge box was fitted a cast iron plunger, with necessary valves and ponderous iron connecting rod. Leading from the top of the pump to the deck of the WILLIAM JOHNSTON was an immense chute. A chain running over suitable sheaves in this chute connected the pump with an iron barrel, and steel wire ropes worked by a set of engines, which are on the deck of the JOHNSTON. The apparatus had a stroke of from five to seven feet, and the rush of water each time the ponderous came up with a Niagara Falls in miniature, and it was asserted by the bystanders that a dozen ordinary steam pumps could not throw the water it did. At one time, by request, the machinery was stopped for ten minutes, during which time the water rose two inches in the hold of the WELLINGTON, thus proving that an ordinary steam pump would have had no effect on her. This novel method of raising a sunken craft was contrived by D. D. Calvin, M. P. P., Frontenac, and possibly it may solve the problem of pumping out dry-docks, which hitherto has proved so formidable an undertaking.
      Cleveland Herald
      July 12, 1881
     
     
      A NOVEL STEAM PUMP
Advices from Grand Island (Lake Ontario - d.) of July 7 say: The steamer Wellington, which has lain sunk in the bay here during the past five or six years, was pumped out and placed on the marine railway today to be rebuilt. The pumping was done by a rather novel contrivance. A large box about fifteen feet long and five feet square was placed in the hold of the steamer. Inside this huge box was fitted a cast iron plunger, with the necessary valves and a ponderous iron connecting rod. Leading from the top of the box to the deck of the propeller Wm. Johnson was an immense chute. A chain running over suitable sheaves in this chute connected the pump with an iron barrel, and steel wire ropes worked by a set of engines, which were on the deck of the Johnson. The apparatus had a stroke of from six to seven feet, and the rush of water each time the plunger came up was a Niagara Falls in miniature, and it was asserted by bystanders that a dozen ordinary steam pumps could not throw the amount of water it does. At one time, by request, the machinery was stopped for ten minutes, during which time the water rose two inches in the hold of the Wellington, thus proving that an ordinary steam pump would have had no effect on her. This novel method of raising a sunken craft was contrived by D. D. Calvin, M.P.P., of Frontenac.
      Detroit Post and Tribune
      July 14, 1881




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rebuilding, Garden Island
Date of Original:
1881
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McN.E.8830
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Wellington (Steamboat), 7 Jul 1881