The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1899

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John Donnelly, jr. returned last evening from Quebec, where he was successful in placing the big steamer Porter safely in Russell's shipyard for repairs. It will be remembered that the Porter was run into and nearly had her nose cut off, the colliding steamer ploughing her way into the Porter right through the keelson and four feet beyond. The Porter went down in forty-five feet of water near St. Croix, thirty miles west of Quebec. There is considerable current at this spot and it is greatly increased by changing tides, making wrecking operations very difficult. The tender of the Donnelly wrecking and salvage company to raise the sunken steamer was accepted and about two months ago John Donnelly, jr. and ten men left here with the schooner Grantham and wrecking steamer Donnelly. After fitting out at Quebec the wreckers started to work at the Porter. After great difficulty six large chains were placed under the steamer and fastened to timbers spread across the schooner Grantham. Then the steamer was slowly hoisted until her deck was only four inches below the bottom of the schooner. In this way was the wreck towed to Quebec and beached, afterwards being pumped out. Before the work of raising the steamer could be proceeded with a new bulk head had to be built across the portion cut away in the collision. This opening was 16 x 28 feet and was built up with deals, covered with canvas. The steamer was laden with 300 tons of coal into which had worked about 150 tons of sand from the river bottom. The coal was sold to Quebec parties. The insurance underwriters were represented by Capt. Overton, New York, who was greatly pleased with the success of the wrecking operations. The repairs to the steamer will cost about $10,000. Mr. Donnelly is to be congratulated upon the outcome of his gigantic undertaking, especially as he met with many discouragements at the very outset.

Arrived On the Scene - Capt. Lesslie, who went down to the gulf some days ago to save the wrecked Scottish King, found that vessel in a good position, the wind and waves not having done her any damages since she went ashore. On the way down Capt. Lesslie's crew turned aside to attempt the rescue of another boat which had foundered, but when they reached the spot the vessel had gone to pieces. He has expended a great deal of money in the attempt to save the Scottish King, and failure is not deserving.

Marine Notes.

The schooner Fabiola cleared yesterday for Sodus.

The steambarge Alberta cleared for Clayton with lumber.

The steamer Glengarry and consorts cleared today for Fort William.

The tug Bronson cleared today for Montreal with six grain laden barges.

The schooner Acacia arrived today from Oswego with coal for Crawford & Co.

The steamer Glengarry entered the government dry dock today to have a new wheel placed in position.

The schooner Annie Minnes, from Consecon arrived at the M.T. company's elevator with 8,500 bushels of barley.

The tug Thomson cleared for Oswego with two barges to load coal. She also towed the schooner Oliver Mowat to that port.

Next week the Montreal officials of the M.T. company will visit the local plant for the purpose of making the annual inspection.

The 5,000 bushels of damaged wheat from the steamer Tecumseh were purchased by Richardson Bros., who in turn disposed of the grain to W.J. McNeill.

The S.S. Rosemount and consorts Melrose and Selkirk will arrive at the M.T. company's elevator tonight with 200,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William, and will clear tomorrow.

Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator: schooner St. Louis, from Toronto, with 24,000 bushels of barley; schooner Two Brothers, from Wolfe Island, with oats; schooners Pilot, Madcap and Idlewild, from bay ports, with oats and peas.

The schooner Oliver Mowat, from Toronto, unloaded 16,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. company elevator yesterday.

During the short season of seventeen weeks the steamer Toronto made quite a record for herself. Last evening Capt. Booth, first mate, in looking over his log book discovered that the Toronto during her season's run travelled 22,540 miles. She made 820 stops during which she was tied up 640 hours. Her average speed was eighteen miles an hour.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Hamilton is delayed at the Cornwall canal on account of the break in lock No. 7.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1899