The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1898

Full Text



A Task Which the Collins Bay Wrecking Company Proposes.

Capt. Lesslie, of the Collins Bay rafting company, is negotiating with the company constructing the bridge across the St. Lawrence river at Cornwall, to secure the work of raising the sunken iron span which toppled over about a week ago, and now lies beneath the swift running waters. He has looked over the wreck and is confident that with the aid of the company's steel pontoons the steel arch can be raised to the surface and towed to shallow water where it will be beached and ultimately recovered. The undertaking will be a hazardous one, as novel in its way as it will be difficult, as divers must descend to the bottom of the river at a point where the current is very swift, chain the pontoons securely to the wreck and attend to the pumping out of the water from the pontoons. The bridge company considers the task feasible, as Capt. Lesslie has been summoned to New York to consult with the directors.


The steamer James Swift cleared this morning for Ottawa.

The schooner Kate, light, cleared for Oswego last evening.

The schooner Picton, light, cleared for lake ports last evening.

The steamer J.G. Nichols arrived from down the river last night, light.

The steamer Vision carried a large crowd across to the Cape Vincent fair today.

The tug Active left for Oswego last evening with the barge Kingston to load coal.

The steamer Spartan, Toronto to Montreal, and Algerian, Montreal to Toronto, called today at Swift's wharf.

The tug Maggie May and barge Dandy, from Gananoque, unloaded 3,000 bushels of oats at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The schooner Fleetwing completed discharging her cargo of coal at Swift & Co.'s wharf today and cleared for Oswego to reload.

Four barges, laden with pine deals cut in Michigan mills, left Garden Island last evening in tow of the steamer Chieftain for Montreal.

The steamer Tecumseh entered the government graving dock today to have a new shoe and wheel added, besides other repairs made.

The steamer Badger State, drawing thirteen and one-half feet of water, went aground in Ogdensburg harbor on Sunday and had to be lightened before she could be pulled off.

The steamer St. Lawrence is still running on the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route, and will continue in commission until November 1st. All the other river steamers of the Folger line are laid up.

The steamer Smith, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Monteagle, Chicago to Prescott, rye; and steamer Nipigon and barges, Duluth to Ogdensburg, general cargo, are in the Welland canal bound down.

Made A Record - The government dredge at work in the harbor made a record for itself yesterday, taking out no less than 2,000 cubic feet of material. From 1,500 to 1,700 cubic feet is reckoned a big day's work.

The dredge is making the channel twenty feet six inches deep at the present water level. This will ensure a channel eighteen feet, six inches deep at low water mark. At present the water is two feet above low water level.

p.4 An Old Mariner - Capt. W.R. Taylor of Kingston came up the river 75 years ago. [Montreal Herald]

Death of a Pilot - Capt. Henry McCauley, aged 78, died in Ogdensburg Tuesday. He was born in Richmond, Ont., but made his home in Ogdensburg since 1838. Capt. McCauley followed steamboating all his life and was one of the best known captains and pilots between Montreal, Chicago and Duluth. He was the first white man to take a steam boat through the Lachine rapids, about fifty years ago.

p.6 General Paragraphs - The steamer D.D. Calvin and consorts cleared today for Toledo to load timber for Garden Island.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Publication:
15 Sep 1898
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
Creative Commons licence:
pd [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1898