COMPTON CARRIES AWAY WELLAND CANAL GATES
Steamer Disables Lock No. 4 but Damage Will Be Repaired Speedily
Special to the Free Press.
St. Catharines, Ont., April 30. - The first mishap of the Welland canal this season occurred at 6 o'clock tonight when the steamer Compton, of the Hall Forwarding company, Montreal, carried away three gates of Lock No. 4, completely tying up traffic.
The Compton,* upbound for Ashtabula, entered the lock at a rather stiff rate of speed and pushed the head-gates some little distance before being completely stopped. The gates, forced back by pressure of water from the level above, returned unevenly, failed to mitre, were torn from their fastenings and were tossed, along with the steamer, into the level below, one of the two foot-gates also being wrenched off by the rush of water.
The boat sustained little damage and damage to the surrounding land will be light, as the level unwatered was small and did not produce a flood of the volume that would have swept over the banks had the accident occurred at lock No. 5, directly above. The government staff expects to have the gates replaced shortly after daylight.