The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Dec 1897

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p.1 Won't Sell Glencairn II - Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 7th - yacht designed by G. Herrock Duggan; won the Seawanhaka Corinthian international challenge cup last August, is not for sale.



The barges Jet and Beauport have been pulled out on the marine ways at Portsmouth.

The tug St. George arrived up from Brockville with four K. & M. F. company's barges.

Laborers working at the wreck of the steamer Rosedale are being paid at the rate of forty cents an hour.

The steamer Armstrong will be taken off the Morristown-Brockville ferry on the 14th inst., and will be used during the balance of the winter at Prescott.

Capt. Craig has almost made up his mind to purchase a steamer instead of building one. A number of first-class steamers have been offered him very cheap.

Considerable repairs will be done to boats at Portsmouth this winter. The tugs St. George and Antelope, two K. & M. F. company's elevators and several barges will be repaired on the marine railway.

Howard S. Folger will spend a greater part of this winter in Buffalo, N.Y., looking after the reconstruction of the steamer Shrewsbury, recently purchased by the Thousand Island steamboat company. The steamer will be put in excellent condition, and will be run on the American line next year. She will be renamed the New York.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Dec. 6th - Down: steamer Arabian, Fort William to Prescott, wheat; steamer Myles, Port Arthur to Prescott, wheat; steamer Denver, Milwaukee to Oswego, barley; steamer Rugee, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; steamer Prince, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.

Port Colborne, Dec. 6th - Down: steamer Iron Chief, Pueblo, Lindsay, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn.



The steamer Rosedale still rests on the east Charity shoal and in a bad condition although the full extent of her damages cannot be ascertained until the grain is all removed. Her appearance from the outside is by no means cheerful to the owner. The first return from the wreck was made last night, the tugs James A. Walker and Jessie Hall bringing in barges 16,500 bushels of dry wheat. The Walker arrived in port about 7:30 o'clock with Capt. Gaskin and Capt. S. Crangle on board. The last named reports that the Rosedale is not as badly damaged as at first anticipated. A rough survey was made yesterday and her bottom was found to be pretty well broken from bow to to about mid-ships; her decks and stanchions sprung, and side plates in the hull bent. The captain did not think her back was broken. The boat leaked freely, damaging all the wheat in the forward and midship compartments. In the aft section the wheat had not been touched by water, and this, amounting to 16,500 bushels, was elevated into barges and brought to port. The remainder of the cargo of 65,000 bushels will be thrown overboard.

The wreckers yesterday had splendid weather to work; no sea running to hamper work, and every minute was utilized to the best advantage. The attention of the wreckers is devoted to removing the wet grain from the steamer's hold, and reducing the water as much as possible. Until she is relieved of her cargo, her full injuries cannot be determined. Work was continued as far into the night as possible, but the wind blowing from the south in a gale made work almost impracticable. The seas following such a gale struck her almost broadside, and washed over her in volumes. The tug Walker left for the steamer at daylight this morning. Capt. Crangle does not care to conjecture on the possibility of the steamer reaching port this fall. When he left her she was resting on the shoal amidships, drawing seventeen feet forward, and eleven feet aft. The crew are all safe and comfortable.

There seems a curious fatality to follow the steamer Rosedale. Last season whilst coming down from Fort William on her final trip, she grounded in Mud Lake, got caught in the ice and was run into by another vessel, having considerable damage done, principally to her bulwarks on the port side. This season, at the beginning of November, she had her rudder carried away and had to be towed into port. Now, when she was almost in sight of her port of discharge, Prescott, on her final trip for the season, she must needs pile herself upon the Charity shoals. Had it not been for these mishaps her season would have been financially a very successful one. She is owned by Messrs. Crangle & Hagarty, of Toronto.

During the night the wind changed from the east to south and blew a gale. The tug Walker took out a supply of coal for the use of steam pumps, but upon attempting to reach the wreck this morning it was found the sea was too high, consequently the attempt was given up and the Walker returned to port. The two pumps aboard the wreck, however, were kept working removing damaged grain and keeping down the water. As soon as the wind goes down the Walker will return to the wreck, taking out two additional steam pumps supplied by either the Calvin company or the Collins Bay wrecking company.

The wind to-day is in a bad quarter for the wreck, and the seas breasted her from stem to stern. The shoals are exposed to every puff of wind that blows, and consequently the stranded steamer suffers in proportion to the fury of the gale. The schooner Grantham remains lashed alongside the Rosedale.

This afternoon R.E. Rispin, Buffalo, N.Y., representing George L. McCurdy, Chicago, arrived in the city to look after Mr. McCurdy's interests. The last named holds the risk on the cargo of the Rosedale, representing $65,000.

The Tug May Get Through.

An attempt will be made to get the big tug Brown through to Montreal this winter. It will be remembered the tug stuck at Valleyfield through the pontoons being too wide. While trying to lessen the beam by removing the wooden strips from the pontoons, the Beauharnois canal froze up. The canal authorities have consented to open the locks and bridges and the tug Petrel, which cleared from this port this morning in command of Capt. McDonald, will attempt to break the ice. The prevailing mild weather helps the undertaking and it is confidently expected the big tug will yet reach the harbor of Montreal before winter actually sets in.


Storm-Bound at Oswego.

The tug Rival, owned by the Collins Bay rafting company, sent out to pick up and return with the pontoon which broke away from the big tug W.H. Brown, off Whitby, on Nov. 17th, and which was recovered at Thirty Mile Point, west of Charlotte, is at Oswego wind bound. The tug cannot withstand rough weather, and hugged the south shore until Oswego was reached. The old fashioned side-wheeled tug and her strange consort attracted widespread attention at Oswego. As soon as the weather calms down the Rival will attempt to reach Collins Bay. Capt. McDonald left the Rival at Oswego and came over on the Cape boat to take charge of the tug Petrel, which left this morning for Valleyfield to break ice in the Beauharnois canal.

Leased For Seven Years.

At a meeting of the Wolfe Island council held yesterday the ferry service was formerly (sic - formally ?) leased to the Folger Bros. for seven years under the terms of the old charter. The first steamer from the island to the city will leave at 9:15 o'clock; the second at one o'clock, and the last at 3:30 p.m. From the city the first steamer will leave at 11:30 o'clock, and the last trip will be made at three o'clock.

What May Occur.

The steamer Rosedale is rated as being worth $100,000. A few more such disasters will be necessary before the eyes of the insurance underwriters will be opened to the necessity of favoring Kingston as a point of transhipment. Mariners are of opinion that insurance rates will be advanced on vessels engaged in the Prescott grain trade.

Went Up the Lake - Another attempt was made this afternoon to reach the scene of the disabled steamer Rosedale with the tug Walker. Representatives of the insurance underwriters were aboard the tug.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Dec 1897