The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Aug 1899

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Lachine, Que., Aug. 18th - An unusual and very dangerous feat of towing was performed here yesterday. Davis & Sons, contractors for the Montreal water works, had a dredge and three scows working just abreast of the big Chute in the Lachine rapids, known as Verdun, or the lost channel. As the dredging job was completed they wished if possible to take the dredge and scows out of the rapids and use them elsewhere. When this was spoken of most men shook their heads ominously as though the feat was impossible.

The Calvin wrecking company being applied to they at once surveyed the channel and placed buoys on the shoals. Their wrecker, Capt. O'Brien, with two powerful steamers were sent down and placed as near to the dredge and scows as possible without descending the rapids. From there about half a mile of steel wire cables was dropped down to the dredge and scows and with the powerful steam winches on one of the steamers they were drawn up one by one until they reached the stern of the first steamer when both steamers put on full steam and towed them up the seething current through the Lachine bridge and thence into the canal.

The steamers left here last night to tow them up to Cardinal where they will be used. This is considered one of the most dangerous towing jobs ever accomplished.

p.2 Building a Dry Kiln - Richardson & Son are adding one to their elevator.


The schooner Kate, Oswego, is at Garden Island discharging a cargo of coal.

The schooner Two Brothers, Oswego, arrived this morning with coal for Anglin & Son.

The M.T. company will likely build a new tug this winter to replace the destroyed tug Walker.

The steamer Algonquin, light, cleared yesterday for Cleveland to load coal for Whitefish Bay.

Business this year on the Rideau canal is slightly in excess of what it was last year, more lumber being shipped this season than last to Oswego.

The steamer Rosemount with consorts Selkirk and Melrose, Fort William, will arrive this evening with 175,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. company.

James Scott, diver, Kingston, is working at the lock in Ottawa clearing away great heaps of sawdust that has filtered in, making vessel passage impassable.

Incidents of the Day - Capt. Hudgin, wife and daughter, of the False Ducks, were in the city yesterday. Five years had elapsed since Capt. Hudgin last visited the harbor, and it had so changed that he scarcely recognized it.

p.4 Racers Were Sold - keel yachts Beaver and Minota sold at Toronto to C.E. Archibald.

p.6 The Harlem Floated - Buffalo, Aug. 18th - The steamer Harlem has been floated off Isle Royale, Lake Superior, by the Thompson wrecking company of Port Huron. When about 2,000 feet from shore she began to fill rapidly, and in order to prevent her from going down in deep water it was necessary again to beach her. More pumps, it is reported, will be necessary to keep the steamer afloat. It is expected, however, that she will be safe in some port in a day or two.

More Floating Palaces - Buffalo, Aug. 18th - There is a well grounded rumor here that the Northern steamship company will build two more vessels the duplicate of the Northland and Northwest, which will ply between this port and Duluth. The Northland and Northwest cost each about $850,000. It is said the new vessels will cost even more than the present boats, which have no superiors on fresh water anywhere.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Aug 1899