The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Oct 1891

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Prop. Myles, Kingston, hay, passed Port Colborne for Port Arthur.

Clearances: steam barge Freemason, Ottawa, stone; Rideau Belle, Smith's Falls, passengers and baggage.

While passing through the Cornwall canal on Tuesday the Ogdensburg Coal and Towing company's tug Rescue broke her wheel.

The schr. Jamieson had considerable difficulty in reaching Oswego harbor recently, on account of the blinding snow storm which was raging outside. The captain stood up the lake for some time and had to wait for the storm to cease before he dared make the attempt to enter.

Arrivals: barge Peruvian, Washburn, 4,000 bushels barley; str. John Haggart, Perth, rye and peas; sloop Lila, Wolfe Island, 1,800 bushels barley; prop. Ocean, Montreal, general cargo; schr. Herbert Dudley, Oswego, light; str. R. Anglin, Cape Vincent, light; schr. Monitor, Sackett's Harbor, light; barges Minnie Francis and Ontario, Cape Vincent, light.

Morrisburg Canal To Be Deepened - The dredge Sir Hector, in tow of the str. Beaver, left for Morrisburg canal yesterday afternoon, where she will be engaged in deepening the canal. Several dredges have failed in this work, which is due to the hard bottom. The accomplishment of the job will be considered a great victory.



The Marine Review has the following speech in reference to the raising of the Kesota. The raising of the wreck was a very interesting sight. A party of gentlemen went to the wreck in a naptha launch, and were engaged in watching the inch by inch raising of the badly wrecked upper works, as the diver kept filling the casks with compressed air. About five o'clock the hull very unexpectedly raised about six feet within a minute. Those who didn't take off their hats and cheer regretted it. Capt. Falcon, the successful wrecker, brightened up and said: "This takes a heap of trouble off the old man's mind." How much will she be worth in dock? One owner answered $50,000; a shipyard superintendent said $30,000. This is the thirty-seventh wreck raised by Falcon, with his compressed air process, although the Kesota is considerably the biggest the largest boat ever raised. For deep water wrecking it is the only successful plan. By means of it he has raised a schooner in 100 feet of water in the Straits. The plan consists of sinking large casks filled with water, and forcing the water out by means of compressed air when the casks are secured in the hold. At the time the Kesota was raised the casks in her hold that had not been filled with air represented forty tons of unused power. The compressed air apparatus was very simple. A deck hoist engine worked the compressor, and a common hose line was used as a connection between the compressor and casks. This boat is still in twenty three feet of water and it will be necessary to do considerable work on her before she is ready to take to dry dock. [Marine Review]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Oct 1891