The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1894

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p.1 A Sight For Everybody - story behind the Lost Channel; 1760 British expedition from Oswego down the St. Lawrence. (full column)

Incidents of the Day - Today the str. Merritt arrived from Milford with an excursion party. There were about 200 people on board. Capt. Augustus was engaged to pilot the steamer through the islands. James McGillivray of this city is chief engineer, and since he has taken charge the boat has increased her speed. She can travel at the rate of twelve miles an hour.

Condition of the Alert.

The sunken steamer Alert has been removed from the channel in front of the Round Island park dock, under the direction of S.G. Johnson, the owner. The scows Crazy Boy and Flying Cloud began the work. The method of raising the boat was to place chains underneath it, and with one scow on either side, attach these chains to beams passing from one scow, and then raising beams, chains, and all by the use of jacks. The Alert was partially raised, dragged out of the channel, raised above the bottom of the river and towed to Clayton. Interest was manifested as to where the Islander struck her. The examination showed that the place of striking was amidships, just ahead of the boiler. The Alert was struck on the starboard side of the bottom upwards, as all the upper works were gone and the keel and port side of the boat's bottom left whole. The boiler and engine, so far as can be now ascertained, are all right, but nothing is left forward of the boiler but the keel.


The schr. B.W. Folger is unloading coal at the penitentiary's dock.

The str. Collier has gone up the bay for a load of grain.

Arrivals: str. Passport, Toronto; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. Bon Voyage, Ogdensburg.

The S.S. Bannockburn and barges Selkirk and Winnipeg cleared for Fort William yesterday.

The str. Arabian finished lightening 4,000 sacks of flour at the M.T. Co.'s dock last night and got away for Montreal.

The str. Jessie Bain broke her wheel at Clayton this morning and will come to Kingston to have it fixed at Davis' dry dock.

The tug Golden City succeeded in releasing the Salvation army yacht, W. Booth, ashore above Port Colborne, and towed her there minus her rudder. She is making repairs.

The str. Ocean will be off the ways next week and will look like a new boat. Aside from the repairs made necessary by the accident a number of improvements have been made.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1894