The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Feb 1899

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p.2 Secured Good Contracts - The steambarges Nichols and Alberta, owned by Capt. Gus Hinckley, Cape Vincent, have secured some large freight contracts for the coming season, among which are the following: one thousand cords of pulp wood from below Montreal to Dexter; one thousand cords from Deseronto and Trenton and two thousand cords from Kingston and Brockville. These contracts will consume about three months of steady work.

p.6 They Work Under Water - In no way distinguishable from the other guests at the Palmer house last night were government divers, the Donnolly brothers, Kingston. Their submarine experience, however, furnished ideas that were out of the common and found plenty of listeners. Some one in the crowd asked how far below the rippling surface it was safe to venture for such work, and diver J. Donnelly thought about 100 feet.

"When you get down below that depth you are subject to bleeding of the nose, ears and lungs and also paralysis of the nerves. One of the strongest men I ever knew," said the diver, "came up from 103 feet and has never done a day's work since."

This story whetted the appetite of the crowd for more adventure, and Mr. Donnelly told of a narrow escape he had when the pressure of water twenty one feet down in Lake Superior pulled off his helmut. The weight of water drove in the drum of his left ear, and he had just time to jerk the signal rope before he became unconscious.

The Donnellys' will shortly get to work to raise the tug Walker that lies in fifty seven feet of water at the foot of Lake Ontario, and also the Lloyd Porter, run down near Quebec.

The historic Eurydice, of Toronto, has been bought for a wrecking vessel, and a force of men is now engaged in removing her upper deck to make room for short heavy spars for handling pumps. [Toronto World]

Late Afternoon Events - Capt. Allen is overlooking repairs to the steamer Pierrepont.

The Repairs Completed - Repairs to the government dredge, in the dry dock, have been completed, and the dock flooded. The dredge was caulked all over and when the water was let in no sign of leakage was observed.

Feb. 25, 1899


Feb. 27, 1899

p.2 Calvin-Macnee Trophy - fourteen yachts in first ice-yachting race in series for Calvin-Macnee trophy was sailed on Saturday; light winds, four times around a triangular three mile course; order of finish - Jack Frost, J.B. Carruthers; Blizzard, S. Calvin; Vivid, J. Gaskin

Feb. 28, 1899

p.2 Business of City Council - discuss formation of a committee to investigate the agreement with the Mooers' elevator company.

A Change In The Standing - second race in the Calvin-Macnee series - heavy winds, only six ice-yachts started: Jack Frost, Vivid, Blizzard, Whistlewing, West End and North Star; order of finish: Whistlewing, W.C. Kent; Vivid, J. Gaskin; Blizzard, S. Calvin.

Sporting Notes - meeting at the Kingston yacht club to discuss entering a yacht in the trial races for the Canada Cup defender; Hamilton and Toronto will both enter boats for the trials.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Feb 1899