The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Dec 1897

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p.2 About a dozen persons undertook to climb to the bell tower of the city hall yesterday afternoon and from that vantage ground viewed the wreck of the steamer Rosedale. She could be seen quite plainly with the aid of a good field glass.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer North King, now occupying the government dry dock, is having placed in her a new keelson. This means a removal of a portion of her bottom, and the occupation of the dock for ten or twelve days yet.

p.4 His Joy Exceedingly Great - Capt. Donnelly, sr., has been confined to his bed for some days with a heavy cold. Last evening word was sent to him that the Donnelly wrecking company had released the Rosedale. His joy over the success chased away all sickness, hastily dressed and hastened down to the wharves to see the steamer sail into port.



With great rapidity the news of the Rosedale's release spread about the city last night. Reports came that the steamer would reach port at ten o'clock, and many remained about the wharves to see the once abandoned boat steam into port victorious over seas and shoals. In that, however, they were disappointed, for the Rosedale was taken from the Charity shoals to Cape Vincent, entering the American channel to avoid a heavy sea rising before the southern winds. There she remained over night, and left this morning for this port, going around the foot of Wolfe Island and up the river on the Canadian side.

The most difficult task, or the work requiring the most time, in wrecking proceedings at the steamer Rosedale was in pumping the grain from her hold to uncover the holes in her bottom. The swollen wheat would collect and clog the pumps, necessitating a stop to free them again. The pumping also was regulated largely by the condition of the lake. While a heavy sea was running the steamer could not be lightened very much, for the probabilities were that she would slip off the rock and sink in the deeper water. Yesterday the first good opportunity was afforded for energetically pushing the work. The hold was sufficiently cleared to expose the holes in her bottom. These were planked and cemented over and battoned down by upright props reaching to the first deck. The flow of water being stopped, the pumps soon lessened the steamer's draught, and at six o'clock last evening she cleared her rough and rocky resting place and under easy steam she headed for the American channel. Reaching Hinckley's flats, across the channel from Cape Vincent, the steamer awaited daylight, and passing down around the foot of Wolfe Island, reached here this afternoon.

At 12:30 noon the wrecked steamer Rosedale, in tow of the steamer New Island Wanderer and tug Reginald rounded the foot of Wolfe Island and headed up the Canadian channel, bound for this port. She is being towed stern foremost, her bow being deep in the water and her stern in the air, rendering it impossible to use her own power and steering apparatus as at first contemplated. The hour set for her arrival in port was four o'clock.

The steamer Rosedale appeared in the harbor at 3:25 o'clock. The steamer Island Wanderer had her flag half-masted.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Dec 1897