The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1908

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p.1 Wrecked On Lake Ontario - Watertown, Aug. 15th - sloop Iris struck by squall on Lake Ontario, one man drowned.



In The Release of the Steamer Wahcondah.

The steamer Donnelly returned yesterday, after releasing the S.S. Wahcondah from Farran's Point, where she went ashore last Sunday afternoon.

This is the most treacherous spot in the river. The steamer took a shear and was driven out seven feet forward. The steamer Donnelly arrived at the wreck Monday afternoon and 18,000 bushels of grain were put into the lighter Grantham, and 7,000 bushels into the barge Dorchester, 1,200 feet of one and one half inch steel hawsers were fastened on the shore to windward of the Wahcondah and wire purchases were rigged up to it, and with the assistance of the steamer Donnelly, after very hard pulling, the steamer was released at six o'clock Wednesday evening. As she was not leaking she proceeded to Montreal.

The Grantham and Dorchester also took their lighterage to Montreal. This is one of the best wrecking jobs that has been done on the river and reflects credit on John Donnelly, of the Donnelly Salvage and Wrecking company, who had charge of the wrecking. Capt. Cliff, Montreal, represented the owners and underwriters on the steamer.


The steambarge John Randall is tied up here awaiting orders.

The steamer Haddington passed up on her way to Fort William.

The schooner Ford River cleared for Charlotte loaded with feldspar.

The steambarge Westport arrived from Rideau canal ports with freight.

The steamer Ames passed down on her way to Montreal, with package freight.

The steambarge Navajo arrived light from Conway, where she discharged a cargo of coal.

At Folger's wharf: steamer Alexandria up Friday night; steambarge Waterlily up Saturday morning.

Swift's wharf: The steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa; steamer Rideau Queen will arrive from Ottawa tonight; steamer Dundurn will clear for the west Sunday morning; steamer City of Ottawa will clear for the east Sunday morning; steamer Castenet up today.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: The tug Bartlett arrived from Fairport with barges Selkirk and Melrose coal laden. The tug Emerson, from Montreal, two barges; the tug Bronson cleared for Montreal with two coal barges; the tug Mary P. Hall cleared for Montreal with three grain barges.

p.3 The Man on Watch - discusses need for better wharf accommodations.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1908