The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Dec 1897

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THE R. & O. N. CO. LOSE.

Montreal, Dec. 31st - Justice Lemieux has given judgement in favor of Ernest Lecours for $200 against the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, as damages. Mr. Lecours was coming down from Toronto by the Corsican in July, and for some time was shadowed on suspicion of being a hotel-runner. For the annoyance and inconvenience suffered caused by him he claimed $1,000, being successful to the extent stated.



Her Hull In A Badly Damaged Condition.

Great interest centres in the steamer Rosedale which last night was placed in the government dry dock. Crowds visited the scene today and inspected the damage done the steamer. Wonder was expressed that the steamer was floated with such a damaged hull. In the first place in striking the shoal the steamer's forefoot was broken, the steel plates connecting therewith being torn and twisted like so much cardboard. From that point to a spot just aft amidships the bottom is corrugated, dinges deep enough to stow away barrels between the frames, extend for a distance of more than half her length. Just forward of the boilers and almost amidships the plates are badly bent. The damage here shows on the deck, which is also heaved. From this part aft she was all afloat and not so much as a scratch is to be seen. The main damage begins just forward of this point, where, on the starboard side extending from keelson to bilge, the plates and frames are broken. There are three large holes here, almost large enough for a man to crawl through. Between the frames where the indentions are deepest, the plates are burst asunder. Altogether there are a dozen or fifteen good big holes visible.

Practically a new bottom will have to be provided from a point almost beneath her boilers to the bow. New frames are necessary, and few of the plates can be used again as they are more or less rendered unfit for use. Her tank tops are also damaged, but to what extent cannot be learned until all the grain has been removed. Clarke Bros., malters, have purchased the damaged grain, of which there are fully 5,000 bushels still in her hold. It will be hoisted out by Capt. Booth, jr., and carted away on rigs provided by Clarke Bros.

The successful release of the Rosedale will be handed down as one of the greatest achievements in wrecking in modern times. The Donnelly company, particularly John Donnelly, jr., who had charge of the operations, deserves the congratulations received. The company, in the face of great odds, demonstrated its ability to cope with the greatest marine disaster Lake Ontario has witnessed in years.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Dec 1897