The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1903

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Another Success of Donnelly Company.

This morning the steamer Donnelly with barge Grantham in tow arrived back from Farran's Point canal where the steamer Wahcondah was sunk last Monday morning. The Donnelly Wrecking company was successful on Wednesday night in raising the big vessel. The Wahconday proceeded up the river under her own steam. Delay was caused at the Cardinal canal where the vessel had to lie for some time waiting to get through.

The Wahcondah in coming out of the current at Farran's Point canal, hit the south pier and sank. She was drawing thirteen feet eleven inches forward and thirteen feet nine inches aft. Capt. Thomas Donnelly was in charge of the wrecking crew, and proceeded to get the hole in the vessel's bow patched up, this work being done by a diver. The Wahcondah was then pumped out, and finally floated. She was lightered of 140 tons of pig iron, 65,000 bricks, and 415 cases of pickles, the latter being chiefly for Kingston. This portion of the cargo was placed on the Grantham and brought here. The damage done to the Wahcondah will probably amount to $5,000. Twelve of her frames were broken.

At ten o'clock last night the released steamer reached Brockville, and early this morning cleared for Toronto with the remainder of her freight. It is likely she will be placed in the dry dock at Buffalo. She is 250 feet long and 40 wide.

Capt. Donnelly stated that most of her cargo was of a course nature and uninjured. She is a fine vessel for the freight trade, he says, being handy and fast.

Movement of Vessels.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria due tonight, up.

Soward's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego.

Crawford's wharf: schooner New Dominion, from Oswego with coal.

Swift's wharf: steamers Spartan due up tonight and Corsican down.

The steamer Armenia arrived from Cornwall to enter dry dock for repairs.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes arrived from Belleville to load feldspar at Richardsons' wharf for Sodus.

Richardsons' wharf: steambarge King Ben from Montreal with merchandise; schooner Pilot cleared for Gananoque with grain.

The raising of the steamer Wahcondah is the Donnelly Wrecking company's sixth engagement and success in two weeks. May the good work continue is the company's prayer!!

M.T. company elevator: schooner Sophia Luff, from Chicago, with 20,000 bushels of corn; steamer Bothnia, coal laden, cleared for Montreal with her consort, the Augustus, grain-laden.

The steamer Topeka cleared for Oswego to load coal for upper lake ports. This is another of the big United States that have come to Kingston as a result of the canal tolls being thrown off.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Acacia, after a long wait, will enter Davis and Sons dry-dock tomorrow for repairs.

The tug Nellie Reid and two grain-laden barges clear tonight from Richardsons' elevator for Montreal.

p.6 Collins Bay Items - The last boat has left here; the steamer Neelon was towed away by the steamer Petrel last week.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1903