The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 May 1898

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p.1 Capt. Reid, Bay City, succeeded in moving the stranded steamer Outhewaite forty feet the other day by the use of jacks. It is expected that he will have her released from her stranded position outside of Alpena in a few days. She will then be towed to Presque Isle and allowed to settle on the bottom until her consort Barr has been released. The insurance companies interested attempted to do the wrecking, but after a trial gave the work to Capt. Reid, who, if successful, gets one third the value of the steamer for her release, and $7,500 for the Barr.



The sloop Minnie left for Bath today with a load of lumber.

The schooner Singapore from Oswego is unloading coal at Folger's dock.

The propellor Ocean touched here on her way to Hamilton early this morning.

The schooner Acacia arrived this morning from Oswego with coal for R. Crawford.

The schooner Emerald cleared from Garden Island last evening for up the lakes.

The schooner Fabiola cleared last evening for Oswego to load coal for James Swift & Co.

The steamer Black Rock has been chartered at Chicago to carry corn to Kingston at three cents a bushel.

The steamship Rosemount, from Fort William with 80,000 bushels of wheat, arrived at the M.T. company's docks last night.

The tugs Walker and Hall arrived in port yesterday with five light barges from Montreal. The Jessie Hall returned today with four barges, grain laden.

Capt. Craig will command the steamer John Haggart, which is to run this season between Picton, Kingston and Cape Vincent. She goes on the route June 1st.

The steamer King Ben entered Davis' dry dock today to receive a new wheel, the old one having been broken on her way up from Montreal. When released the steamer leaves for Belleville to load rye for Montreal.

The government dredge, a powerful machine, commenced operations in the harbor yesterday and will continue until the whole harbor affords free navigation. Capt. J. Gaskin is pleased with the government in sending the dredge, and in the eyes of the captain, Hon. J. Israel Tarte is the man.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, May 18th - Down: Schooner Clara Youell, Chatham to Prescott, wheat; Aztec and barge, Chicago to Prescott, corn; Armenia and barge, Toledo to Kingston, timber; Haze, Buffalo to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Escanaba, Chicago to Prescott, corn; Spencer and barge, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn.

Port Dalhousie, May 18th - Down: Steamer Rosemount, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; schooner Youell, Chatham to Kingston, wheat; steamer Thistle, Port Dalhousie to Toronto, light.

By All Means Move It.

Capt. J. Gaskin is emphatic in the statement that the Cataraqui swing bridge should be moved out to a point at least two hundred yards from its present location. Kingston is now a marine port, and should free its harbor from all obstructions to navigation, and the swing bridge is certainly a nuisance as it stands at present. Alderman McKelvey is of the same opinion.

p.4 The American steamboat inspectors left for Picton today to inspect the steamers Varuna and Merritt. Yesterday the steamers St. Lawrence, America and Pierrepont, of the white squadron, were examined here.



Frederick Duncan, sailor on the steamer Brittanica, unloading at the M.T. company's elevators, fell into the hold of the steamer this morning and sustained injuries, which may result fatally. While performing his usual nautical duties he tripped over the combings and fell a distance of eighteen feet. He struck on his shoulders and one side of his head. The crew heard the fall and went to the young man's assistance. On picking him up they found that he was bleeding profusely from the left ear but still conscious. Dr. T.M. Fenwick and Reid's ambulance were summoned and the doctor had him removed to the general hospital. One rib was slightly fractured and but for the hemorrhage from the ear, which probably bespeaks some internal rupture, he is otherwise all right. Frederick Duncan's home is in Port Huron, and the captain of the steamer will hold his vessel over for a few hours in the hope that Duncan will be sufficiently recovered for removal to his home. The steamer was to sail at four o'clock this afternoon.

Dredging Kingston Harbor.

A great number of citizens have been watching the operations of dominion government dredge No. 8, opposite the foot of Princess street. Her work here, in making an eighteen foot channel, will occupy her all this season and a good part of next year. The eighteen feet will be provided for at low water mark, necessitating the deepening now to a depth of twenty and a half feet. Rotary dredging is a new feature here, and the powerful machine is well worthy of a visit. Engineer Cowie, public works department, started the crew at their work and returned to Ottawa last night. He is one of the busiest men in the dominion employment, constantly moving about overlooking operations and starting new works. It was under his direction that the survey of the harbor took place last winter and that the first complete may has been completed, showing the depths from Belle's island far out into the lake. Above Cataraqui bridge there is no depth above nine feet at low water mark. The government plan shows the proposed breakwater above the government dry dock. It would have to be located in water at a depth of thirty-five feet, costing over $50,000. In the channel as laid out on this harbor survey map no rock is encountered. The dredging will be in soft clay.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 May 1898