The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 14, 1881

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Advices from Grand [Garden] Island 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.

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This would have been Garden Island, opposite Kingston, Ontario
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July 14, 1881
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 14, 1881