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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Aug 1892

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The Deseronto View of the Wreck.

Deseronto, Aug. 3rd - While the tug Rescue was towing some barges down the bay, last night, at 9:35 o'clock the str. Princess Louise ran into her, the result being that the hull of the Louise was stove in and she barely succeeded in reaching the shore before she sank. The engine of the Rescue was reversing full steam when the boats came together. The accident occurred near the north side of the bay, off Thompson's Point. There was no loss of life.

There were thirteen passengers aboard, all of whom were brought to Deseronto by the Rescue. Their names are: Miss Yarwood, Belleville; Miss Cassels, Toronto; Miss Redmond, Picton; Miss Rothwell, daughter of the captain; Miss McMahon, Belleville; Mr. Wills, Belleville; Mr. Whitfield, Whitby; W.A. Hungerford, Belleville; two Italians; James Gammon, Deseronto; G. Blakey, Deseronto, and one other lady unknown.


The Princess Louise Met the Tug Rescue.

Yesterday the steamer Princess Louise took the place of the steamer Hero on the Bay of Quinte route. About 8:30 p.m., bound for Belleville with eleven or twelve passengers, she collided with the tug Rescue, which had a tow carrying lumber for Clayton, N.Y. Immediately after the collision the Princess Louise was headed for the shore, where she now lies in eight or nine feet of water, and leaking badly. The accident occurred near Thompson's Point, and a very short distance from the wharf. It is said the collision was caused by a miscalculation.

Before the collision occurred the tug Rescue with the steambarge Reliance and a barge came along. The Princess Louise was on her way to Belleville. There was a confusion in the whistles and the result was that the tug Rescue struck the Louise amidships. There was great excitement on board. The passengers thought they would be drowned. As the accident occurred only a short distance from the shore the passengers were easily removed. The steambarge Puritan was sent out to the Rescue.

The steamer Princess Louise ran six years between Kingston and Gananoque for the Thousand Island steamboat company. She was built by Davis & Son at Wolfe Island in 1879, and rebuilt and lengthened at Parrott's Bay in 1883.

It is said that the tug Reliance ran into the Rescue and damaged her very much aft of the engine room, even breaking some beams of the cabin. The Reliance and Rescue were towing the barges.

The barges also bunted the tug Reliance and damaged her slightly. The Rescue was able to run back to Deseronto taking the passengers from the sunken Princess Louise.

Capt. Donnelly and wreckers have gone up to the Louise and will arrange to lift her. The steamer, it is said, was not insured. An action will be entered by the owner of the Louise.


Departures: Scow John A., Rideau canal, sundries; str. Active and tow, Montreal, grain.

The str. Columbian arrived at Montreal with her machinery in bad order. She will be repaired and then started on her regular trips.

Arrivals: schr. White Oak, Charlotte, coal; schr. Grantham, Goderich, 4,000 barrels salt for Rathbun company; prop. Dominion and barge Augusta, Duluth, 40,000 bushels wheat; str. Bon Voyage, Charlotte, passengers and freight; steamer Active and four barges, light; prop. Shickluna, from a western point, lightened deals, and proceeded to Montreal; schr. Pueblo, Chicago, grain.

The owners of the steam launch Flyer sent her down the river to the Thousand Islands yesterday, at the request of a visitor from New York, summering on one of the islands, who had heard of her great speed. He had a five-mile spin in her and thinks she is the smartest little craft on fresh or salt water of her tonnage. He has seen some fast boats in New York harbor, but nothing of forty feet to touch her in speed. He thinks that if Davis & Son will build him a fast boat in Clayton or Cape Vincent, so as to have her United States build, he will leave them an order this fall for a 70 foot yacht. The Flyer is to be loaded today for Muskoka Lake, having been sold to Rev. James F. Metcalfe, summering at Port Carling. John Davis will go up, on her arrival, to put her in the water and instruct in her management.

Yesterday afternoon a handsome steamyacht, of American build, sailed into port towing a pretty little steam launch. The launch is used to handle the ropes of the larger boat, and is very handy for this purpose. The steamyacht is called the Curline (Lurline ?), and looks like a small man of war. She is handsomely equipped. She carries a crew of six or seven men, clad in navy blue. They are prohibited from talking to strangers and from giving information respecting the boat and occupants. The yacht is reported to travel twelve miles an hour. She left Washington a couple of months ago, with her owner, Major Whetmore, and a party of ladies. The captain's name is Collinette. When the reporter asked him for information he said: "We are not allowed to give information to press men." The boat left for Chicago today to remain there until after the world's fair.

South Marysburgh, Aug. 2nd - ...Several of Capt. John Vanalstine's friends went from here to Trenton, last Monday, to witness the launch of the new barge Iona, which was successfully accomplished amid a shower of eloquence from ministers Bowell and Thompson and other parliamentary notables. She will be ready for sailing in about two weeks.....Capt. Duetta, of the dismantled schr. Kate, is a native of this township, where he owns a farm and also another in North Marysburg, where he at present resides. The damage done his vessel is not so serious as at first supposed.



Detroit, Aug. 3rd - The successful raising of the Canadian steamer City of Owen Sound from the bottom of Georgian Bay, where the water is 110 feet deep, has caused great interest among marine men. The City of Owen Sound was lost in October, 1887, with a cargo of grain. When it was found that the wreck was in over 100 feet of water it was given up as a total loss. Such it was with all the ordinary appliances of wrecking, but since that time iron pontoons have been invented by William Leslie (Lesslie ?) of Kingston. These pontoons are forty-six feet in length and about ten feet in diameter, being round with cigar-shaped ends. They are divided into three compartments by water-tight bulkheads and are built of heavy steel plates strengthened with longitudinal and cross braces. To prevent undue rolling the pontoons are built with bilge keels and have a well at each end through which chains are brought up and effectively held by coggles. The lifting capacity of each pontoon is 100 tons.

Dozens of good lake boats lie within 100 feet of the surface on the lakes, and if the new invention is the success claimed for it all these craft will be afloat again. Among these wrecks is the large steel steamer Brunswick, which lies in about 90 feet of water off Dunkirk, N.Y. The wooden steamer Smith Moore is in less than 100 feet of water near Marquette. These are but a few of the valuable boats which can now be raised. The underwriters are the owners of most of these wrecks, but they doubtless will be willing to sell out cheaply, particularly as the boats have been given up for lost these many years.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Aug 1892