p.1 To Raise the Wrecked Rothesay - The Donnelly wrecking company, Kingston, which has purchased the sunken steamer Rothesay, as she lies on the river bottom near Prescott, has made all arrangements to raise the famous old craft, and will commence operations in a few weeks. The Donnellys made an attempt to purchase the wreck soon after the accident, but the price asked was too high and nothing came of it. In time, however, the owners decided to accept the terms offered, and, as a result, the boat was sold very cheaply. Immediately after the purchase one of the Donnellys made an inspection of the wreck and found that the work of raising it would be comparatively easy as it lies in about 35' of water on a perfectly even keel and a mud bottom. It was first intended to do the work last fall, but bad weather set in and the idea was abandoned. Arrangements have now been made to commence the work just as soon as the ice breaks up. Pontoons will be used, and it is expected that not over 10 days will be required to complete the job. As soon as the old boat is brought to the service she will be taken to Kingston, put in the drydock and fitted out in first-class shape as an excursion steamer.
News In Small Lots - Capt. Patrick Langan, formerly of Wolfe Island, died in Buffalo last week. He held a medal from the United States government for bravery in rescuing his brother from a watery grave
Obstructing Navigation - Capt. Joseph Dix, of the schr. White Oak, says it is a bad mistake in placing a platform buoy on the Myles and Penitentiary shoals as it will be impossible for a person in charge of a sailing vessel or a steamer to see them on a dark night or to avoid running into and destroying them, besides taking the jib-boom out of one's vessel. All vessels having no cargoes in them, and the small class loaded, can go over these shoals without touching them. When the range lights are placed at the foot of the harbor all deep laden steamers can then keep clear of them by keeping those lights in range. What is wanted is a large iron can buoy on the shoals to mark them, and then, if a vessel or steamer should strike them, they would not be destroyed.
Many men are engaged converting the schooners Bangalore and Hyderabad, at Portsmouth, into lake barges for Hugh Ryan.
About $3000 will be spent this winter in repairing the steamer Maud. She will be thoroughly overhauled, receiving new decks throughout.
Mr. Pierce is preparing plans for a small side-wheel steamer, to sail near Bobcaygeon. She will carry 300 passengers and be owned by Dr. McCamus.
Hall Bros., L'Orignal, and George A. Harris, Ottawa, have sold their freight and passenger boats to the Ottawa forwarding company. The company will have the steamers Olive, Hall, Welshman, Ida and Harry Bate under control. It is proposed to run a tri-weekly service between Montreal and Kingston.
Capt. C.C. Newton, of Montreal, has placed an order with Davis & Son, to rebuild his steam yacht Ingomar, making her six feet longer with a new bow, a new pilot house and several changes to the interior arrangements. A new fore and aft compound engine of forty horse power with a water pipe boiler, duplex feed pump, propeller and a complete new fit out, will be added at a cost of $2,000. The old machinery will be taken out.
p.2 Fussing Over A Wharf - meeting of water works committee - an application to lease part of the wharf at pumping house results in Alds. Polson and Gaskin fighting over who has authority to make arrangements; Breck & Booth at one time had permission to use the wharf.