The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1903

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Schooner Acacia Is Badly Damaged.

The schooner Acacia, which went ashore on the south side of the Main Ducks Saturday night, was released at one o'clock this morning, and, in tow of the steamer Donnelly, arrived at Crawford's dock at seven o'clock. The Donnelly Wrecking company's crew, under the direction of John Donnelly, was at work two days on what at first seemed an unpromising job. Fortunately the weather held good, and brightened the chances of saving the vessel. First, one hundred tons, equal to one-third of the Acacia's cargo, was lightered and placed aboard the wrecking steamer. A simple method, known only to expert wreckers, was adopted, and the vessel was then gradually pumped out, and at one o'clock this morning was afloat.

The Acacia was badly damaged, but the extent of her underwater injuries will not be known till she is placed in Davis' dry-dock. Her rudder was smashed, her anchor broken, and damage done all along the deck. She lay on a flat rock, and that made operations all the more difficult for the wrecking crew. There is no insurance on the Acacia.

General Marine Notes.

The steamer Advance, Montreal to Toronto, called here today.

Craig's wharf: steamers Persia down; Ocean, up tonight.

Richardsons' elevator: steambarge King Ben and schooner Maggie L., from bay ports with grain.

The Donnelly Wrecking company has been engaged at three vessels within the past week, in this district, and released all of them in quick time.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Turret Cape arrives late today from Fort William with 101,000 bushels of wheat; tug Glide cleared with two grain-laden barges for Montreal.

The Visgers, of Alexandria Bay, have had the yacht Castenet rebuilt and hope to have her on the water very soon. She will, this summer, make the tour of the islands and trips to historic Kingston.

The K. & M. F. company's floating elevators Sparrow and Sampson have been hauled out on the marine ways at Portsmouth, to have the boilers and engines removed, preparatory to breaking up the old hulls, as they are now obsolete and useless.

Capt. Scott's Fine Record - Capt. J.H. Scott of the Persia has a great record. As far as is known by local men he has been steamer master by profession for a longer period continuously than any man on fresh water. He has sailed the lakes for half a century, and has been master of a steamer without a blot on his certificate for thirty-five years. He has with him this season all his old officers and crew. [Toronto World]

p.3 New Private Yachts - that will be found on the river this year. [Watertown, N.Y., Standard]

p.5 The Largest Cargo - The grain cargo of 101,000 bushels coming here tonight or tomorrow morning by the steamer Turret Cape is the largest to ever enter Kingston harbor in one vessel. The Turret Cape has a drought of seventeen feet three inches, a foot more than the Rosemount or Bannockburn. She is one of the vessels of the Great Lakes & Ocean Navigation company.

Sent To Report - government to send engineer to decide whether Trent Canal should exit at Trenton or Port Hope; looking at abolishing fees for customs' officers hitherto collected from vessel owners.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Petrel cleared for Collins Bay this afternoon to be fitted up, ere clearing for Newfoundland, where she will hereafter be stationed.

p.6 Schooner Dowd Released - Charlotte, N.Y., May 6th - The schooner Reuben Dowd, with coal from Fair Haven to Toronto, which was ashore at Devil's Nose, was released by the tug Yates, after much of her cargo had been thrown overboard. The wrecked boat was towed here, where she sank decks to. The cargo is insured, but there is no insurance on the vessel.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1903