The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Aug 1905

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Crawford's wharf: schooner Annandale cleared for Sodus.

The steamer Pellatt cleared for Cleveland to enter dry dock there.

The schooners Metzner and Kalkins, from Sodus with coal, are at Soward's wharf.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria up tonight; steamer Waterlily up tonight; yacht Castanet from Alexandria Bay.

Swift's wharf: steamer Caspian, from Charlotte; steamer Kingston down; steamer Belleville up tonight; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa; steamer Hamilton down last night; steamer Rideau Queen from Ottawa tonight; yacht Idler from Alexandria Bay.

The dredge Nipissing is now clearing out some of the slips. Kingston has been particularly fortunate in having its harbor so carefully attended to since the liberal administration came into power nine years ago. Two dredges have been working here almost ever since.



Repairs To The Bottom Proceeding.

The steamer Argyle arrived from Oshawa last evening at exactly six o'clock, and went into the government dry dock for repairs. She came down under her own steam, and only one pump was required to be used, so well had the Donnelly Wrecking company patched the holes in the bottom. The steamer Donnelly accompanied the Argyle, and also Capt. Thomas and John Donnelly, of this city, everywhere recognized as two of the most capable wrecking experts on the continent.

The steamer Argyle's headquarters are at Kingston since a year ago when John Hazlett, of this city, organized the Lake Ontario Navigation company and became manager of it. This company bought the Argyle from Mr. Hepburn, of Picton. The steamer is only in commission six years and is one of the staunchest on the lake. Mr. Hazlett is here in the company's interests. Capt. Cliff of Montreal, representing the British Lloyds, which holds the insurance, is also here. He went aboard the Argyle last Sunday, and has been on her ever since.

The full damage to the Argyle is not yet determined, but it is not very extensive. It is expected that she will be ready to leave for Toronto next Friday. Work upon her bottom was begun today, under the supervision of Capt. Cliff. Alfred Turcotte, of this city, has the carpenter work to perform.

The Donnelly wrecking firm was lucky in being at Oshawa, four miles from the accident. In fact, they have had a whole season of luck, and everyone wishes them a continuance of it. Both Thomas and John Donnelly were engaged at Oshawa laying the new waterworks pipe, and had their steamer there with wrecking apparatus on board, all ready for a call. Within an hour after the accident, they were on the scene, and carried the passengers to Whitby. They had two pumps aboard, and telegraphed to Kingston for two more. The G.T.R. people gave particular attention to the shipment. The pumps were ordered at four o'clock Saturday afternoon. They were shipped from Kingston immediately and reached Whitby at eleven o'clock Sunday morning. The release of the Argyle was a difficult job, but the Donnellys were successful as they are in all their work. Their diver, Gus McDonald, of Kingston, according to Capt. Cliff, of the British Lloyds, did an excellent job in patching the steamer's bottom.

As to the vessel's equipment, a lot of foolish talk has been indulged in by the newspapers west and east. Capt. Cliff, the Montreal marine representative, states that he has never seen a vessel more complete with equipment and in such excellent order. Capt. Donnelly said the same, and Inspector Davis, of this city, declares that the Argyle is staunch and well equipped. As to the statement that the life-boats leaked, it is pointed out that any small boats will leak after being out of the water for some time. Capt. Donnelly says that the passengers were well taken care of and were in no danger.

The survey of the steamer will be made next week by Capt. Cliff and Wreck Commissioner Spain.

Laying A Water Pipe - The Donnelly wrecking company's steamer and apparatus will return to Oshawa on Monday. The company is laying the waterwork's pipe there. A dredge was required to do some clearing in the vicinity of the pipe route, and the public works' department responded immediately to the request of Capt. Thomas Donnelly for the use of the government dredge in that vicinity. The dredge has been at work for the past week.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Aug 1905