The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jun 1894

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Arrivals: schrs. Rooney, Fabiola, Folger, Oswego, coal.

The str. Melbourne arrived from up the lakes this afternoon.

The M.T. Co.'s tugs are tied at the docks until some grain arrives.

The str. Algerian takes the wheelmen down the river to Montreal on Sunday.

The tug Walker cleared for Oswego to load coal for the M.T. Co. She took over two empty barges.

The steam yacht Wherenow arrived last night having repaired the break in her machinery at Gananoque.

Departures from Garden Island, June 28th: str. H.A. Calvin, Ogdensburg, light; str. Chieftain, Ogdensburg, light.

The men who raised the prop. Ocean and her officers are grateful to Mr. Dodge, of the Sister Island, for the kind and courteous manner in which he treated them.

The steambarge Iona, Capt. J.B. Vanalstine, broke her wheel at the Cornwall canal and had to be towed to the city. She will ship a new wheel here and then resume the carrying of coal between Fairhaven and the city.

Made Chairman of the Board - Mr. Adams, inspector of boilers here, has been called to a higher position. He was notified today that he had been appointed chairman of the board of boiler inspectors with headquarters at Ottawa. He will enter upon his duties as soon as possible. He will fill the position brilliantly and Kingston will lose a popular citizen. His many friends offer congratulations.


The Way In Which The Craft Was Raised.

The str. Ocean arrived at this port about twelve o'clock last night, being propelled by her own machinery. The wrecking vessels, Ella Murton and Grantham, were on either side of her. The raising of the Ocean was accomplished by Capt. John Donnelly, sr., and his son John. It took from 5:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon to reach here, and from the fact that she came up with her own steam the vessel cannot have been strained in lifting her, as the engine was sent at full speed. It is just three weeks ago today since the collision occurred with the barge Kent, just off the Sisters, but only about fifteen days was taken in discharging her cargo and bringing her to Kingston. When the wrecking company took charge they found a hole twenty feet square, large enough to admit two teams of horses abreast, in her bow. She was cut into amidships and right down to her keel. There were a couple of feet of water on her main deck forward. Her promenade deck was level with the water aft. She was broadside to the steamer, heading for the Sister Island. She had 290 tons of freight, consisting of sugar, wire, cement, sulphur, and other things. Most of the freight was hoisted out of the hold by aid of divers and delivered at Kingston. A good deal of it was in a saleable condition. The schrs. Murton and Grantham were then taken down, one placed on each side of her and three rows of timber put from one vessel across to the other with chains passed underneath. She was then lifted by twenty-four screw jacks with power of three tons each. The raising only occupied about a day, the rest of the time was taken in patching the large hole forward. Tuesday at five o'clock the pumps were started and at eight o'clock, only three hours, she was afloat. This is an evidence of the excellent patching done. Over the patching a piece of canvas was laid to good effect. Wednesday morning she was moved over to the Canadian side into shallow water. The rigging was cleared and the steamer's boiler filled with water. The boiler had previously been filled with air so as to lift its own weight. Steam was then raised and she came on to Kingston. There was not a single hitch in the work at any time. Everything passed off satisfactorily.

The steamer was tied up at Gunn's dock, where the survey will be made. She is in bad shape and every thing about her looks demoralized. Her stern decks have been chopped away to convenience matters. There is nothing left in her cabin but old documents still saturated with water, and unable to be touched. The books of the boat also suffered. The estimated cost of the loss to the Ocean is between $6,000 to $8,000. Mr. Cantin, dry-dock owner, of Montreal, will conduct the survey for the owners, and a gentleman lately connected with the Polson iron works will look after the insurance companies interest. After the survey the Ocean will proceed to Deseronto. The Rathbun company have the contract of repairing her.

Capt. Malcolmson, of the str. Ocean has not yet given a statement to any newspaper of the collision between his boat and the barge Kent. He had read the Whig's account of the collision and as far as he could see it was correct. He was asleep at the time of the collision but all that is necessary to prove that the barge must have swerved is that the hole made in the Ocean's bow is triangular. There will be no trouble at all from the passengers. On their tickets is a provision which clears the steamer in such a case.

The reason the owners of the Ocean figured on sending her to Deseronto was the account of the conveniences afforded them for (joiner ?) work. However, as they they (sic) are any amount of men laying around Kingston, the owners may decide to run her on Davis' dry-dock.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jun 1894