The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1897

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p.4 Through For The Season - The plant of the Collins Bay rafting company, engaged in laying the conduit pipe in Toronto harbor, has been taken to Collins Bay, the work having been suspended until next spring. A small portion of the undertaking still remains to be completed. George Walkem, assisting engineer of the work will arrive home on Monday. Owing to the shifting sand which forms the harbor bed, the laying of the pipe is a peculiarly difficult work, but so far has been done with eminent success.

p.8 Snips - The second steel barge building at the locomotive works for the M.T. Co. will be ready for launching within two weeks. She may not, however, be placed in the water before next spring.

Dec. 20, 1897



On Saturday evening the tug Walker pulled the steamship Rosedale from her moorings at Craig's wharf, and placed her so that her bow touched the end of the locomotive works' wharf, the intention being to allow the steamer to settle to the bottom, and rest there until the dry dock is ready for her. While preparations were going on to place her in the desired position, a temporary board bulkhead, about midships, gave way, allowing the water in the centre compartment to rush forward. She being down in the bow - and the pumps being inactive - water flowed in the broken sections forward at such a rate that the steamer sunk until her bow rested on the ground. At that point the water was about twenty-five feet deep, the surface coming a few feet from the top of her bulwarks. The after compartment being empty, her stern was thrown up so as to entirely expose her propellor. All pumps were set in motion yesterday morning, and at three o'clock in the afternoon she was raised almost on a level. The steamer Pierrepont was called out to break the ice that had formed between her and Craig's wharf, and the Rosedale pulled in to about thirty feet off the end of Craig's wharf, where she was allowed to settle in fourteen feet of water. There she will rest until the North King is released from the government dry dock.

St. Lawrence Navigation - Ogdensburg, Dec. 20th - At a public meeting of the owners and masters of steamers held in the city resolutions were adopted urging the immediate establishment of lightships on Charity Shoal, Niagara outer shoal and Galoup shoal; gas buoys near Colos ferry shoal and on the shoal in Jones' narrows; lighthouses on the main docks and northerly point of Carlton Island; a steam fog whistle at Port Dalhousie; range light and buoys through all the narrows on the St. Lawrence river. These claims are to be urged before the United States and Canadian governments. The lake carriers' association and shipmasters of both countries are endeavoring to do away with the many wrecks occurring between the lakes and the foot of navigation at this port.



Capt. Grant has been given charge of the schooner Grantham.

The steamer Hero will winter in the slip north of Swift & Co.'s big coal shed. The North King will tie up in the berth formerly occupied by the steamer Corsican.

As soon as discharged the schooner Fabiola will be taken above Cataraqui bridge and put into winter quarters alongside the schooner Fleetwing. She is still at Swift & Co.'s wharf.

Yesterday thousands visited the wrecked steamer Rosedale as she lay in moorings at the foot of William street. Little was to be seen beyond the working of the steam pumps. No idea of her damage can be estimated until she is docked.

The steamer North King will not likely leave the government dry dock until Tuesday, 28th inst. Her owners have the dock engaged up to that date, and besides, her repairs will scarcely be finished before that time. It is a little hard on the Donnelly wrecking company that the dock could not be secured for the steamer Rosedale.

p.4 Wind Wafts - The Marine Review, Cleveland, has requested Capt. T. Donnelly to furnish an account of the wreck and release of the Rosedale.

Capt. Frank Strange has purchased the ice yacht North Star from W. Hora and is having it thoroughly overhauled and put in racing trim. New skates will be added.

p.6 Snips - There is a possibility of the steamer Rosedale being left in her present position until spring, and then taken to Buffalo to be repaired. Kingston would thus lose $25,000 in the way of repairs.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1897