The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Sep 1891

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A correspondent from Kingston writes to the Mail regarding an arrangement for raising sunken vessels, and adds: "It may interest you to know that Mr. Leslie, of this city, manager of the Collins' Bay wrecking company, raised the transfer steamer Armstrong at Brockville, last year, by means of steel pontoons, which had the water driven out of them by air pressure, and he is now engaged in lifting a vessel sunk in 100 feet of water in Lake Superior.

His pontoons are of steel plate, with the inlet and outlet valves in them. They are sunk beside the vessel and fastened to a chain previously swept under her, and then the air pump is put on and out goes the water, and then, of course, the vessel must come up, unless the weight has been miscalculated. It is two years since he first began work on this scheme. He has had a telephone arranged to work from the deck of the tender to the diver on the bottom, and the results are very satisfactory. The details of the scheme were worked out by our local telephone manager."


The steam yacht Una, from Well's Island, called here yesterday.

The steel steamer Seguin is loading railroad iron at Portsmouth for Port Arthur.

The government tug City of Stratford passed up yesterday from Montreal.

Charters are being made at Duluth at 6 1/4 cents to Kingston and 8 1/2 cents to Montreal.

The R. & O. N. steamer Corsican arrived up from Montreal yesterday to go into winter quarters here.

Clearances: tug Active and four barges, Montreal, grain; schr. Folger, Oswego, railroad ties; tug Yarrow, Oswego, light.

The Detroit Free Press refers to the schr. Minnedosa, of Kingston, as "the largest and finest of her kind on the lakes - Canada's pride."

The three-masted schooner Laura, loaded with coal, ran aground in Toronto. The tug Frank Jackman puffed and pulled for a couple of hours but was unable to move her.

A large addition will be made to Swift's wharf this winter, in the continuation of the short pier to the end of the present dock. The crib-work is now in course of construction.

The schr. Two Brothers, Capt. McCrimmon, went ashore Friday night on Green's Island, near Prince Edward shore. She has on board 1,500 bushels of rye. The vessel has sustained no damage.

The steamer J.H. Prentice and barge Middlesex, with rye for Kingston, are detained at Milwaukee by the delay in unloading the second barge, the Carpenter. Suit will follow for $1,000 demurrage.

The steamyacht Nightingale, of Clayton, with a party of sportsmen who spent last week at Hay Bay fishing grounds, passed here yesterday homeward bound. The Sirius also returned to Clayton with a party from the Rideau.

Arrivals: tug Active and six barges, Montreal, light; prop. Seguin, Chicago, 4,300 bushels rye; tugs Active and Thompson and seven barges, Montreal, light; schr. Fleetwing, Charlotte, coal; schr. Singapore, Oswego, light; tug C. Ferris and three barges, Oswego, light.

A steamer at Milwaukee offered 5 3/4 cents on corn from Chicago to Kingston, or 3 3/4 cents on flax seed from Chicago to Buffalo. One or more cargoes of barley and rye are seeking a chartering party there. On the rye to Kingston 5 cents free of canal tolls is offered.

The whaleback steamer C.W. Wetmore has left Philadelphia for Tacoma. Her cargo is a large and valuable one, including the plants of several different industries. She will have over 13,000 miles of constant steaming before her, but will not have to round Cape Horn, having the advantage of the smooth waters of the straits of Magellan.

The str. Geneva, now of Oswego, arrived here yesterday with a cargo of fruit. At one time the Geneva was the favorite excursion steamer here. She was afterwards sold to one of the Toronto ferry companies and plied between Hanlan's Island and the city.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Sep 1891