The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Oct 1901

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p.2 They Saw A Raft - While en route to Brockville aboard the steamer Kingston their royal highnesses, the duke and duchess of York, viewed a picturesque genuine Canadian sight. The big steamer conveying the royal party passed, about midway between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, a huge raft of timber, consigned by the Calvin company, in tow of the tug Parthia. It was a pretty spectacle, the big raft having three large square sails set, while the crew gathered along one side of the strange craft and attested their loyalty by loud cheers.

p.4 Improvements To Be Made - The new steamer Aletha, owned by Capt. Roys, Princess street, has gone into winter quarters, after a most successful season's business. Since the 24th of May, she has had scarcely an idle day. When she appears again in the spring she will be fitted out with a powerful searchlight, and will have installed in her a new electric lighting plant of the latest design. Other improvements will be made, and the Aletha will appear next summer as one of the finest boats in the river excursion business.


Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean from Montreal.

The steambarge Alberta is aground at Telegraph Island, near Deseronto, with a cargo of lumber. She will be released without sustaining much damage.

A Fort William despatch says: The Montreal transportation company's fleet, and the steamer Advance are all over-due here for wheat. On account of a storm on the lake, they are probably under shelter at some point.



Was Towed Into The Harbor This Afternoon.

If nothing occurs to mar present arrangements, the steamer Richelieu, which foundered a few miles west of Kingston two weeks ago, will soon be safely afloat again. The Donnelly wrecking and salvage company, working on the wreck, succeeded last evening in getting it fast to the schooner Grantham, and at daylight this morning a start was made for Kingston, the two boats drawing about thirty feet of water. The Richelieu is lashed below the hull of the Grantham by four stout chains, and in this manner was beached just east of Cedar Island, whence she will be raised by the aid of two barges, pumped out and brought across to the city. If fine weather favors the operations, this will be done within another week.

Thrice the wreckers were forced to drop the Richelieu after having made her fast, so severe were the wind storms that swept through the gap. The fourth time she was picked up, the wreckers succeeded in getting away during fine weather and beaching their burden safely, as intimated in the foregoing. The wreck came down in tow of the steamer Donnelly, making time very slowly, in case a hidden shoal should should be encountered. John Donnelly was in charge of the wrecking operations and to him must be accorded praise for the successful outcome of the undertaking. To fish up a steamer from sixty-five feet of water, with storms sweeping over the scene almost continuously, was no small job, but he proved himself equal to the task. As far as the wreckers could learn, the Richelieu is in fairly good condition, but part of her upper woodwork is missing.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Oct 1901