The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jun 1908

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By Donnelly Wrecking Company.

The steamer Arundell, which ran on a shoal below Thousand Island Park, on the St. Lawrence, on Thursday morning, the 18th, was released early Monday afternoon by the Donnelly Wrecking Company, which was called in after other wreckers had failed to float the stranded steamer. Last week the owners, the Star-Cole company, of Detroit, handed over the boat to the underwriters, after several efforts at release had failed. The underwriters called in the Donnelly Company, and on Monday morning the latter's steamer began work, after the Arundell had been relieved of all cargo, which should have been done at the start. After pulling three hours from the bow, the steamer Donnelly shifted her position to the stern, and in about twenty minutes the Arundell slid off the shoal.

The steamer was taken to Clayton, and a diver made an examination of the bottom. All the damage he could find was a crack in one of the planks and a small hole near the stern. The steamer then came to Kingston to enter the government dry dock, in which it will get a berth by tomorrow morning.

A.R. Lee, of Detroit, the general manager of the Star-Cole line, is here to look after the repairs. He hopes to have the Arundell in commission by Friday.



By The Break In The Cornwall Canal.

The Cornwall canal break means a great deal to Kingston. Many of its merchants and sailors suffer by the withdrawal of a large number of boats from traffic owing to being unable to get their cargoes to Montreal. Quite a number of sailors on upper lakes vessels are coming home, owing to their steamers going temporarily out of commission. Captains and engineers of vessels are engaged by the season, but most of the other men aboard vessels are not, and hence hundreds of sailors are idle as a result of the accident that occurred to the Cornwall canal.

The loss to local merchants is quite significant. While the Cornwall canal is blocked, very few grain vessels will come here to discharge their cargoes. During the season of navigation thousands of dollars are spent here for provisions for the vessels on their return trips. Much money will thus be lost by a number of merchants who did the supply work. Only a small percentage of the people know what the marine traffic means to Kingston merchants in the summer.

The superiority of big steamers over railway trains as grain carriers is very great. Trains may reach their destination quicker, if they have a clear line, but it is seldom that this happens. The largest of the Montreal Transportation company steamers, towing two lake barges, can bring 190,000 bushels of grain from Fort William to Kingston. It would take three trains to haul that cargo, as a car carries 1,000 bushels, which would mean 190 carloads of grain. It costs more than twice as much to haul grain by train as it does by boat.

Was Badly Damaged.

It cost $30,000 to get the steamer City of Montreal off the rocks in the St. Lawrence when hauled out at Ogdensburg. It was found that her bottom was so badly damaged that another large sum will be required to make her whole again. Superintendent Woods stated yesterday, that the vessel will be on the ways three or four weeks. The only thing that saved the boat from total destruction was an outside sheathing of four-inch rock elm planking bolted to the hull, which prevented her being pounded to pieces on the rocks. She was leaking badly and the syphons were kept constantly at work on the way up the river. Part of this sheathing will have to come off in order to repair the bottom. Six plates were pierced and will have to be replaced, and as many others which were dented will have to be straightened. Six of the stern plates, three on each side, must also be replaced, and in addition part of the stern post, the rudder shoe and part of the keel will have to renewed and a new wheel put on. The City of Montreal was formerly the China, of the Anchor Line and although an old vessel is in first class shape. The damage is covered by insurance.

Davis Dry Dock.

It is hoped that the Davis dry dock will be in operation again within three weeks. One of the Canadian government dredges here will render all assistance to the Davis company in building a dam, as it is in the interests of navigation to have the dock in operation just as soon as possible. The schooner Grantham, which was in the dock at the time of the accident, has been pumped out.

Marine News.

The steambarge John Randall cleared for Smith's Falls with coal.

The steamer Glengarry arrived from Erie with coal for Richardsons'.

The steamer Acadian arrived from Fort William with 78,000 bushels of wheat.

The steambarge Navajo has been given work at the Cornwall canal. The Navajo was on her way to Kingston when the accident occurred.

From an examination of the books in the collection office at Kingston Mills, it is found that the water at the foot of the locks there was, in 1886, just the same height as it is this year. It has not been as high any season since.

Yacht Club Races - to be held on Dominion Day.

p.3 Fog Signal Case - J.P. Northey, president of the Canadian Fog Signal company, testifying about costs to make fog horns; gov't thinks they are being overcharged. [Toronto Globe]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jun 1908