The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Nov 1898

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The schooner Fleetwing cleared for Oswego last night.

The steamer Richelieu still makes two trips daily to Cape Vincent.

The steamer Hamilton, en route to Montreal, passed down early this morning.

The steamer North King is running the Bay of Quinte route minus her topmast and gaff.

The sloop Pilot loaded damaged wheat at Richardsons' elevator this morning for Glenora.

The M.T. company's barge Kildonan entered the government graving dock this morning for repairs.

The sloop Minnie, with oats from Gananoque, was among the arrivals at Richardsons' elevator today.

The schooner Annie Falconer arrived from Trenton last evening with 8000 bushels of wheat and rye.

The steamer J.G. Nichols will enter Davis' dry dock for repairs as soon as the steamer Hero is floated out.

The sloop Maggie L., with 3,000 bushels of wheat and rye from South Bay, arrived at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The M.T. company is having built at the foot of Barrack street another short marine ways for use in one of the elevator slips.

The tug Active and lighters are still in Brighton bay, unable to reach the barge Hector on account of the heavy winds.

The schooner Robert Macdonald is in port awaiting a favorable wind to proceed to West Point to load lumber and ties for Charlotte.

The schooner Annie Minnes, from Bay of Quinte ports, unloaded 8,000 bushels of wheat and rye at the M.T. company's elevator this morning.

Last year the prevailing winds from the middle of October until well into November were from northern points, while this year the very opposite will be recorded. The probabilities today are for a continued heavy south east blow.

Gen. J.M. Wilson, chief of engineers, United States army, has asked congres for $75,000 for the Cape Vincent breakwater. Already $25,000 has been voted for the purpose. The Eagle thinks the work of construction will commence early next spring.

John Donnelly, jr., and Capt. Donnelly, sr., returned home yesterday afternoon after successfully superintending the work of taking 30 large boats through the St. Lawrence River rapids. The work of piloting the boats down the rapids was a responsible trust, as the fleet included some of the very large boats of the upper lakes, which, as a mariner said, with another coat of paint they would have been unable to pass through the Welland canal. Thus the success of the pilots in running them through with only one slight accident is highly commendable. This morning the steamer New Island Wanderer left Cornwall with two barges for Coteau, where ten of the fleet will be wintered. The last six boats to reach Montreal left Hochelaga yesterday to continue their journey to the coast. The tug Chieftain returned to Garden Island yesterday and the steamer New Island Wanderer will reach port tomorrow.

p.4 Raising the Wrecks - Wellington Nov. 3rd - Capt. Donnelly's tug, under the care of Capt. Boyd, with thirty men, a three-master, two steam pumps, and two steam raisers, arrived at the wrecks on Huyck's Point on Friday morning at 8 o'clock. They got everything in readiness on the barge and commenced work at two o'clock. The barge draws ten feet of water, lies seven feet out of water and is buried about three in the sand. Capt. Haskins is in charge of the crews and is a hustler. Everything is moving as favorably as can be expected. In conversation with him he says that it will require smaller lighters owing to the shallowness of the water. The pumps are doing excellent work. Capts. Haskins and Boyd show great indignation because the life saving station was removed from Wellington and consider it one of the greatest mistakes the government could make in removing it to where it is now. About 500 people viewed the wrecks on Sunday last. Nothing will be done to the raising of the tug J.A. Walker before spring. Capt. McCollough has been engaged by the M.T. company to remain with them until through with the wrecks.

A Steel Freigher Sunk.

Buffalo, Nov. 4th - At the end of the breakwater the Maratana, a big steel freight steamer, owned by the Minnesota steamship company, crashed into the Starucca, a big steel freighter belonging to the Erie, last night. The Starucca sank almost immediately in twenty-five feet of water with a great hole in her side. Marine men estimate the damage she sustained at $10,000 to $20,000 and say that a week's time will be required to raise her and several weeks to put her in condition for active service again.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Nov 1898