The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1897

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The ferry service between Brockville and Morrisburg will be discontinued for the winter on the 15th inst. The Deseronto-Picton service was discontinued yesterday.

Capt. Oliver, who commanded the schooner Queen of the Lakes last season with success in the trade on the coast of Nova Scotia, has received three offers from owners in Hamilton and Toronto to take three masted schooners from those ports to the coast. Each offer is a tempting one, and Capt. Oliver may give up the Queen of the Lakes.

Last evening Capt. James Dix, E. Charles and James Clinch returned from Buffalo, N.Y., whither they had gone to man the steamer Shrewsbury. It was thought the season had advanced too far and that therefore the risk of bringing her down the lake to Kingston was too great, so it was decided to allow her to remain at Buffalo until next spring.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Dec. 8th - Down: barge Noyes, Cleveland to Oswego, light. The steamers Aragon, Monteagle and Topeka are the only boats expected to pass through the canal before the close.

A Fleet Steamer Indeed.

The new steamer Shrewsbury, recently purchased by the Messrs. Folgers for the "White Squadron," is a wooden boat, launched in 1888 at Bath, Maine, and is said to have cost $85,000. She is classed A-1 1/2, and her dimensions are: length over all, 161 feet 5 inches; beam, 26 feet, 5 inches; over guards, 45 feet 5 inches; depth, 7 feet 3 inches; draught, light, 4 feet, 1 inch; loaded, 4 feet, 5 inches. She is fitted with triple compound, surface condensing engines, cylinders 25 x 44 x 72 inches, of 750 nominal horse power. She is also equipped with a small pony boiler with high pressure engine. In 1894 the steamer was thoroughly overhauled and placed in first-class condition. Her furnaces have a capacity of twelve tons of coal per twenty-four hours. She is capable of attaining a speed of seventeen miles an hour.

p.3 Port Milford, Dec. 7th - ....Capt. M. Hicks, of steamer Water Lily, is home. We congratulate him on his very successful season....The steamer Resolute and steam barge Lake Michigan have recently taken refuge in our harbor.



The pumps are still at work on the steamer Rosedale, and the prospects are that she will be released to-day. Yesterday she was lightened so that her stern rose two feet, with nearly the same raise forward, and when the tug Hall left her last night the tugs Walker and Reginald, pulling on her stern, were able to swing the steamer without much difficulty. She, however, will not move ahead or astern, and it is thought that she is held fast by a boulder penetrating her bottom. Nearly two-thirds of her cargo has been taken out, 17,000 bushels of good grain being placed in the M.T. company's barge Maggie; 8000 bushels, damaged, in the barge Dorchester; 5,000 bushels, damaged, in the coaster Nichols, and a quantity pumped overboard. The tug Hall was forced to leave with the barge Dorchester at three o'clock this morning, owing to a heavy sea running. Hope of getting the Rosedale to the dry dock this week is entertained by those in charge of the work.

The Rosedale Abandoned - The vessel was abandoned to-day. The water could not be kept out of her. The movables have been brought to port.

Wind Wafts - The Collins Bay wrecking company tried to secure the services of the steamer Pierrepont to break ice in the Beauharnois canal, but she could not be spared off her route here.



The Steamer Stripped & Left To Its Fate.

After all that could be done and only when every resource failed, those in charge of the operations on the steamer Rosedale were forced to admit that they were overmatched, and reluctantly they came to the conclusion that it was absolutely useless to prosecute further wrecking operations this fall. The steamer thereupon was abandoned and left to its fate. If, after the winter winds and ice jambs have worked their worst, there is anything left of her in the spring, further efforts may be made to patch up the hole in her hull, but of this Capts. Crangle and McLeod have no hope. Everything that human skill could apply was done in an effort to release the steamer, and the chances are now nine to one that she will go to pieces.

With fair weather yesteday and last night pumping operations were kept up incessantly, five pumps going the greater part of the time. These pumps were placed on the lower deck so as to be nearer the scene of their work. This morning the water in her hold had receded and it was thought there was a prospect of floating her. A tug was made fast to the stern, and after a few minute's pulling the stranded steamer swung around a trifle and then stuck fast again. As soon as she moved the water rushed in again, gaining over six feet in less than five minutes. Men working in the hold were driven out by the inrushing water and had to seek safety above. Despite the efforts of the five pumps, not an inch could be gained on the water, the in-rush being in excess of the out-put. After wasting several hours in the battle, those in charge concluded they were fighting an uneven struggle, so gave orders to cease work. Everything moveable was placed aboard the schooner Grantham and shortly after noon the old hulk was abandoned.

The Rosedale lies heading almost due north-west, with eighteen feet of water under her stern, and fourteen feet under her bow. She is exposed broadside to the fury of the prevailing wind, south-west, and the chances are that if she does not pound to pieces, the ice will shove her off the shoal, and she will disappear beneath the waters. In expectation that the steamer would be off to-day, Capt. McLeod paid in $100 to manager Rees to secure the use of the dry dock. This money was at once forwarded to Ottawa, necessitating an application for the refund of the money. Those working at the wreck are quite despondent at having to abandon the stranded steamer.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1897