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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jun 1900

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p.2 Personal Mention - Charles Nolan, Brock street, sailing out of Buffalo on the schooner Hennepin, returned home yesterday morning on account of ill-health.


The schooner Fisher cleared to-day for Oswego.

The schooner Fabiola cleared yesterday for Oswego.

The schooner Oliver Mowat cleared last night for lake ports.

The tug Thomson arrived with three light barges from Montreal.

The tug Hall cleared with three grain-laden barges for Montreal.

The steamer Ocean, from Montreal, called at Craig's wharf this morning.

The schooners Acacia and White arrived at Crawford's with coal, from Oswego.

Arrivals to-day at Swift's wharf: Steamers Corsican from Toronto; Caspian from Montreal.

The schooners Maggie L., Monitor and Minnie from bay ports, discharged grain at Richardson's elevator.

The steamer American had her boiler overhauled yesterday, and the steamer New Island Wanderer was on the Cape Vincent route.

The steamyacht Idylwild, of Gananoque, arrived this morning at Craig's wharf for shipment by train to Toronto. It was purchased by Toronto parties.

p.4 Scenery At Our Door - description of Rideau Queen's first trip, from Smith's Falls to Ottawa (1/2 column).

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The government tug Shanly, with A.T. Phillips, superintending engineer of the Rideau canal on board, is on a trip to Kingston.



Raising of the S.S. Scottish King by William Lesslie.

The Evening Herald, of St. John's, Newfoundland, describes the raising of the S.S. Scottish King by the Collins Bay rafting company, under the direction of William Lesslie, of Kingston. It describes the work as "a splendid feat of engineering skill in getting the vessel off the rocks." The Scottish King had been pronounced by experts as a total wreck, but Mr. Lesslie determined to save her. Pumps and wrecking gear were taken to the scene on Oct. 10th, 1899. Air compressors were finally used, and it was found that No. 4 hold could not be pumped out. To exclude the water in the holds, tight iron covers were placed over the hatches. Her 'tween decks were secured to the upper deck by shores, cement and asphalt to keep the hull intact, and the air as much as possible in the holds, and as very stormy weather was had last winter, nine successive attempts to float her were unsuccessful, but on four of these occasions she was gradually worked astern, her bow eventually being released from the rocks.

She was then pumped dry forward, and water was kept in her aft to equalize a difference of ten feet in the keel level. A large rock under her port quarter was blasted out of that part of the hull so that she could be towed over it. Buoys were placed over the sunken rocks near the vessel to mark them, and two were placed over the spot where the anchors and chain lay, with wire hawsers and cables out forward and astern to keep the ship in position. On June 2nd the tug Petrel succeeded in towing the vessel off. The Scottish King was taken to Fermeuse harbor, and on the 5th arrived at St. John's.

Mr. Lesslie in 1899 took the S.S. Gallia from Lake St. Peter in the St. Lawrence river, and made a name for himself. The present success adds to his renown. When repaired the Scottish King can be valued at not less than 50,000 pds. The salvors of the ship will receive as compensation seventy-five per cent of her value.

p.8 This morning on the trip down the river the steamer Corsican, off Alexandria Bay, struck a skiff containing three men, smashing it and throwing the occupants into the water. With great difficulty the men were rescued.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jun 1900