The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Jun 1899

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The steamer Nile left last night for Deseronto.

The tug Hall left for Montreal last night with five barges, grain laden.

The schooner Fabiola arrived this morning from Oswego with coal for Swift & Co.

The M.T. company's barge Jennie entered Davis' dry dock this morning for repairs.

The steamer Badger State cleared from the M.T. company's elevator yesterday for Ogdensburg.

The steamer Columbian, Toronto to Montreal, touched at Swift & Co.'s wharf this morning.

The steamer King Ben with a general cargo from Montreal arrived at Folger's wharf this morning.

The tug Charles Ferris with two light barges cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal for Smith's Falls.

The barges Riley and Doris with 16,300 bushels of peas and wheat left Richardsons' elevator today for Montreal in tow of the Nellie Reid.

The schooners Maggie L., from Picton, with 3,500 bushels of wheat, and the Laura D., from Trent, with 3,000 bushels of wheat, unloaded at Richardsons' elevator today.

The barge Winnipeg, whose shoe was stuck fast on the ways at the M.T. company's wharf for three days, was pulled off yesterday afternoon. Chains had to be placed under the vessel to raise her a little. The ways have only recently been built, and were not in perfect working order.



The M.T. company's tug Walker, sunk off Nicholson's Island on the morning of October 22nd last, arrived in Kingston harbor at noon today underneath the schooner Grantham, in tow of the steamer Donnelly. Three weeks ago yesterday the Donnelly wrecking company commenced operations at the place of the wreck with their schooner and steamer. Sunday, May 21st, the first chain was passed aft underneath the shaft of the sunken tug, and by this means she was raised fifteen feet. Another chain was swept amidships, but shortly afterwards a gale sprang up from the south-west, and as the wreck was heading north-west, the schooner Grantham had to take the gale broadside. So heavy was the blow that both chains, of one and five eighth inches, were broken. The next day a chain was placed underneath the stern and a second one underneath the engine. It was all that forty men working on twenty-four powerful jack screws could do to lift the tug out of the sand and clay in which she was sunk to the depth of five feet. Two more chains were swept underneath the Walker, and then she was lifted right underneath the Grantham. The work was completed last Wednesday at noon when all was in readiness to go to Kingston. At six o'clock that evening a start was made, but on account of the extreme draught of both boats, which was thirty three feet, the progress made in towing was very slow. The steamer New Island Wanderer met the tow at Long Point and helped it in. The route taken was through the upper gap into the bay of Quinte. The arrival here was made about noon, and when opposite the dry-dock, about twenty yards from the shore, the tug grounded.

The Donnelly company will get another barge alongside the Grantham and raise the tug between them. The Walker is so badly broken that it is impossible to pump her. When raised she will be placed on the new marine railway of the M.T. company for repairs. At Nicholson's island there was too heavy a sea to raise the tug between two vessels.

Some of the wreckage was held to the tug by heavy stays connected with the engine and other rods. Mr. Smith, of the Ontario powder works, a friend of Capt. Donnelly, consented to go up with an electric apparatus and dynamite to break the bolts holding some of the wreckage. Three charges were used for this purpose.

The diving in connection with the raising was done by foreman Edward Charles, William Newman and James Clark.

An ocean steamer would have no trouble in coming in to Kingston harbor when the Grantham with the Walker underneath came in so close to the dry-dock. The draught of an ocean vessel is about twenty-seven feet.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Jun 1899