Schooner Annandale Safe.
The rumor that the schooner Annandale had gone ashore on the Main Ducks was unfounded, and created some anxiety in marine circles yesterday. Capt. Oliver, of the schooner Queen of the Lakes, whose oldest son sails on the Annandale, immediately telegraphed to Fair Haven on hearing the report. A despatch in answer stated the schooner was tied up in Fair Haven awaiting favorable weather to cross the lake.
Will Commence In A Few Days.
The work of sinking the spiles for the M.T. company elevator foundation is nearly completed, one tier on the inside remaining to be driven, which will occupy a day or two. When that is finished contractor George Wilson will begin the stone and concrete work. The cold weather is not the best in which to prosecute such work, but Mr. Wilson says he can do the work satisfactorily even though it is cold. A small scow has been fitted out with a boiler and other equipment to assist in the work.
Sued For Wages.
This morning Judge Price threw out of court the action brought against the Donnelly wrecking and salvage company by five sailors, suing for wages. M. McMahon, P. McAvey, R. Stevens, Mr. Sands and Mr. Wright were sailors on the schooner Grantham during the first visit made to release the steamer Rosedale from the Charity shoals. When the schooner returned to port J. Donnelly, jr., offered each of the men $1.25 per day and $3 for extra work of one night. This they refused and sued for twenty cents an hour for the time they were engaged. A.B. Cunningham appeared on their behalf and J.L. Whiting for the company. The hearing lasted for nearly three hours, when the case was dismissed.
Dec. 23, 1897
p.2 Canal Gets Advertised - "Canada's obscure side door to the great lakes" - Rideau canal history, views of American newspaper [Memphis Commercial Appeal]
A Large Passenger List.
This morning when the steamer Pierrepont reached the city on her early trip she had about six hundred passengers, all from the islands, but the majority from Wolfe Island. At Marysville the people had to drive about one quarter of a mile out on the ice to reach the steamer.
Repairs To Be Made.
It is expected that by Monday next repairs to the steamer North King will have been completed and she will be floated out of the dock. The steamer Rosedale will immediately enter and will occupy the dock all winter.
Snips - The schooner Annandale arrived at Craig's wharf yesterday afternoon, having had a comfortable run across the lake. She is likely to be the last schooner to enter the harbor this season.
Dec. 24, 1897
p.2 Incidents - Last evening the steamer Coaster cleared for Cape Vincent with a cargo of pulpwood, consigned to J.H. Scobell. This will likely be the last clearance from this port this fall. The schooner Annandale holds the record for the last arrival.
A gang of rivetters were placed at work on the steamer North King last night, the first night work that has been done on her since entering the dry dock. An effort will be made to have her out of the dock by Sunday.
Dec. 25, 1897
Dec. 27, 1897
p.2 Incidents of the Day - The steamer New Island Wanderer was to have gone into winter quarters on Saturday, but on the return of warm weather it was decided to continue her in commission. She went over to the Cape at five o'clock this morning.
In the case of Stevens vs. Donnelly, before Judge Price, the men were awarded $12 and costs each. They had been offered $9 each. A.B. Cunningham was counsel for plaintiffs.
Bought In By The Owners.
At Sackett's Harbor, collector Stearn seized the cargo of wet wheat in the steamer Gilbert for duties and sold the same at public auction. It was bid in by Capt. Hemmens, owner of the Gilbert, for about four dollars. The cargo was estimated at about 700 bushels. As it was Canada wheat, from the wrecked steamer Rosedale, the United States government made no difference in the duties of wet or dry wheat and wanted twenty-five cents per bushel duty.
p.6 Snips - It is expected the steamer North King will be floated out of the government dry dock tomorrow evening. The steamer Rosedale will be put in on the day following. Some difficulty may be experienced in raising her sufficiently to pass over the dock sill.
Dec. 28, 1897
p.4 Making Big Changes - The steamer Shrewsbury, recently purchased by the Messrs. Folger, is being thoroughly overhauled and rebuilt at Buffalo, N.Y. Her forward deck is being enclosed with plate glass windows, a commodious cabin is being added, and altogether she is being made suitable for the river traffic. It is said she will eclipse everything in the steamboat line on the river, both in point of speed and in the elaborateness of her furnishings. Capt. J. Allen is superintending the work.
The River Frozen Over - .....The steamer Pierrepont experienced difficulty in getting out this morning, but managed to get away to the Cape on time.
Gone Into Winter Quarters.
Yesterday afternoon the steamer New Island Wanderer left here for Cape Vincent, intending to lay over there all night, returning today. When it was found there was prospect of the river freezing over, the Messrs. Folger telegraphed to the captain of the steamer to return at once. Thereupon the steamer cleared for this port, arriving during the night and going into winter quarters.