The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1905

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For Remnants of Scout Buoy Explosion.

The government tug Reserve and derrick, in charge of Capt. Sughrue, of this city, was here yesterday and today making search for remnants of the steamer Scout buoys, and the remains of the late Evan Guillard, of Morrisburg, who was blown to his death by the explosion. The widow of the deceased had asked the marine department to try and recover the remnant of her husband's body, of which some pieces were found just after the catastrophe. At the time, it was uncertain to what body these pieces belonged, but since the finding of the remains of Capt. Couillard, there was no longer any doubt but that they were part of the unfortunate Morrisburg man. The pieces found last April were carefully buried at the time. Various reports reached the marine department about several grappling parties having caught onto something heavy out opposite the government dry dock, which was thought to be the cage of one of the buoys.

The department decided to send the tug Reserve here to search, and the crew was engaged yesterday and this morning, dragging the harbor from Craig's wharf to the yacht club house. Out near the latter place, the grapples caught in some heavy thing which proved to be the heavy iron plates of some old vessel that had been sunk. No trace of cage or body could be found, and Capt. Sughrue discontinued the search, returning this afternoon to Prescott.


The Sir Wilfred Has Been Located.

The big dredge Sir Wilfred, lost in a storm on Lake Ontario on October 6th, 1902, while en route from Toronto to the St. Lawrence, has been located between Newcastle and Port Hope. The dredge is in seventy-eight feet of water, and can be raised, but in the meantime is a menace to navigation. It is two and one half miles from shore, and in the path of vessels going up and down the lake. The dredge can be reached with a pike pole from a small boat, and a heavily laden steamer of the large type might strike the sunken obstruction during rough weather.

The dredge was found by W.W. Sparks, Pickering, who has boats and coal docks at Frenchman's Bay, and has been dragging, when time and weather permitted, during the past couple of years. He would buoy a course and then drag with weighted lines strung between a tug and another small boat. In this way his lines on Tuesday caught on the Sir Wilfred, and when he went to the spot he could see the dredge quite plainly. He thus earns the reward of $500 offered by the Polson company, Toronto, who built the dredge. The company will raise the Sir Wilfred.

Marine Notes.

M.T. company wharf: tug Thomson for Charlotte and Oswego with two light barges; tug Glide up with one light barge.

Swift's: steamer Kingston down; steamer Caspian from Charlotte; steamer Rideau Queen from Ottawa; steamer Hamilton up.

p.8 Rochester, July 20th - Rochester Yacht Club to choose a Canada's Cup defender.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1905