The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1897

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The steamer New Island Wanderer returned from the S.S. Rosedale about 5:30 o'clock last evening. Capt. Folger reported quite a heavy sea to be running, but it had no effect on the steamer nor hampered work at all. The Rosedale had swung around her nose, now pointing almost due west. No time was wasted yesterday. The four pumps taken out were piped, and all apparatus placed in order. The aft compartment was pumped dry, which allowed the steamer to swing without labor. The starboard side was examined by the diver, who reported very little damage. He had descended to look over the port side, when the Wanderer left. To-day all pumps were to be worked forward to reduce the water. Two pumps arrived from Midland last night and were taken out on the Wanderer this morning. With six pumps working the water must surely disappear from her hold. The wreckers take meals on the Grantham, Mrs. Perry being cook.

Marine Paragraphs.

Capt. Ira Folger says the S.S. Rosedale rests on a flat rock bottom.

The Laura D. is at Richardson's wharf with a cargo of kiln dried wheat. The wheat was damaged at the elevator fire.

Capt. Sinclair, Chicago, representing an insurance company holding a risk on the stranded steamer Rosedale, arrived in the city yesterday to look after the company's interests.

Pigeon Island light was not visible on Sunday night, also the gas buoy on Charity shoals has burned out. Steamers are still coming down the lake, and the absence of these lights may cause another disaster.

While hauling a pump aboard the steamer Rosedale the block gave way from the masthead, allowing the pump to fall and smashing it. The apparatus had a narrow escape from dropping into the lake.

The steamer North King entered the government dry dock yesterday to receive repairs to her hull. These will take two weeks to complete. Meanwhile should the dock be required for the steamer Rosedale the King will vacate it temporarily.


A Chance Lost.

The night after the Goderich elevator fire the pile of smoking wheat, about 25,000 bushels, supposedly, was offered for sale at $1,500, but no one would purchase it, not knowing in what condition it was. Messrs. Richardson and Sons, owners of the wheat, had 3,000 bills posted up in the adjoining townships, and soon the farmers came pouring in from all parts of the country, many coming fifteen and twenty miles to get a supply of the damaged grain. Some twenty cars were shipped down the line and there disposed of. About $5,000 has been realized already, and there is yet a large quantity to get rid of. [Goderich Star]

p.6 Snips - Capt. John Black has returned to the city after having assisted in placing the steamer Algonquin in winter quarters at Toronto.

Take It As A Good Sign - No direct word was received from the stranded steamer Rosedale today, and interested parties ashore take this as a good sign. A spare pump awaits transference to the wreck should its services be required. The steamer New Island Wanderer is employed at the wreck.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1897