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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Aug 1895

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On Thursday evening, while coming up the river St. Lawrence, light, from Montreal, the steamer Spartan ran on Rafferty's shoal, near Alexandria Bay. By the accident her keel was injured. She went on full steam, and when the tugs Traveller and Reginald reached her side she was in a bad position. From the forward gangway to the stern the after deck on the port side was level with the water. John Donnelly superintended the work of releasing the boat. Steam pumps were on board the tugs but were not used. The tugs had to pull hard four times to move the boat. In the struggle a twelve inch line was broken. The tugs left the city yesterday morning at six o'clock, and at one o'clock the boat was floating. She arrived here at 5:15 p.m. and went into the drydock, where she was repaired and floated this morning. This morning the Whig interviewed Captain Grange while at breakfast. He invited the reporter to dine, but the invitation was declined, that delectable occupation having already occurred. The captain said that at ten o'clock on Thursday evening the steamer, while in charge of pilot Jas. Carway, ran aground opposite Alexandria Bay. She got on flat rocks fringed with bolders. The boat went on with a full head of steam.

The cause of the accident was due to the glare of the flashlight of one of the river steamers, which blinded the pilot, and he lost his course. The steamer with the flashlight crossed in front of the Spartan before the accident occurred. The vessel laid on the shoal all night, and the water was kept out by men using the pumps on board. Had she not been a strong boat she would have been badly wrecked. The jar was a severe one.

Chief engineer Taylor was standing at the forward gangway when the boat struck. The jar was so great it knocked down a gangway over Taylor's head, injuring him, but he did not waste any time in stopping the engine.

She entered the dock last night and was out at five o'clock this morning. Had she been required sooner she would have been ready. The forefoot which was split was repaired and the bulkhead patched up. She is now lying at Swift's dock awaiting orders.

Capt. Donnelly says the Spartan is good to finish the season. Four steamers, America, North King, Empire State and Spartan went ashore this summer and were released without using a steam pump.

Marine Paragraphs.

The tug Walker and barge cleared for Oswego this morning to load coal for the M.T. Co.

Cleared from Garden Island: Schr. Dunn, Toledo; raft No. 15 left in tow of str. Traveller for Quebec.

The schr. Fabiola got in yesterday with a cargo of coal for M. Walsh and the schr. Loretta Rooney arrived last night from Oswego with coal for Booth & Co.

Passed Port Colborne: Str. Nicaraqua, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; Acadia, Cleveland to Montreal, general cargo.

Capt. Barnhardt, of the schr. Loretta Rooney, says there was quite a stir at Oswego during the past few days. Vessels were in from the upper lakes and all other points for coal. There is still a lot of coal to be transported.

John Donnelly, with one of his men, is at Deseronto to find out what was preventing the Resolute from leaving the ways. He discovered a large bundle of iron and a large amount of other debris. Quite an embankment had been pushed up by the boat before she became fast. He thinks they will have her off in a short time.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Aug 1895