The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Sep 1908

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The schooner Jamieson arrived from Sodus with coal for Anglin.

The steambarge Navajo arrived from Montreal with a cargo of general freight.

Gordon Macdonald left yesterday for Toronto to join the crew of the schooner J.B. Kitchen.

Swift's: steamer North King down and up today; steamer Belleville down today; steamer Aletha from bay points; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa tonight.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: The steamer Rosemount arrived from Fort William with 90,000 bushels of oats and flax seed; the tug Bronson cleared for Montreal with one barge.

Clayton Yacht Club.

Clayton, N.Y. - The Yacht Club has elected officers for the ensuing year as follows: Commodore, J.H. Stebbins, jr.; vice-commodore, C.W. Rees; rear commodore, J.P. Gillespie; secretary and treasurer, W.J. Ross; fleet chaplain, Rev. Father Garand; fleet captain, M.H. Matty; official measurer, Earnest Serrell.



Of The Donnelly Wrecking Company.

By the death of his brother, the direction of the affairs of the Donnelly Wrecking and Salvage Company devolves entirely upon John Donnelly, who has occupied the position of president of the company since his father's death. Mr. Donnelly's large experience makes him equal to the task.

He was born on Oct. 8th, 1858, on Garden Island, where early in life he served an apprenticeship as machinist in Calvin & Breck's Shipyard and during this period he had full charge of all the wrecking pumps and attended all the wrecking jobs under his father. In 1880, he served as first engineer on the steamer Algerian of the R. & O. Navigation Co., and in 1881 as assistant engineer on the steamer Chicora, of the Niagara Navigation Co. He went to Buffalo in January, 1882, and worked for the Donaldson & Polly Engine Works, erecting engines in Motter's shipyard. He received his United States certificate as assistant engineer, and served on the steamer Ira Duke, of Detroit, Detroit, that season. Then he went back to Buffalo and passed his examination and received chief engineer's certificate for lake, bay and sound steamers, being the youngest who had received such certificate at the Buffalo office up till that time. He then served a year as chief engineer, and afterwards came home and in conjunction with his father and brother, Thomas, formed the Donnelly Salvage and Wrecking Co., of Kingston.

Some of the well-remembered wrecking jobs he superintended were: Raising the steamer Richelieu, sunk at the foot of Lake Ontario in sixty-five feet of water, in thirteen days, which was indeed a feat; releasing in three days steamer Rosedale, sunk and ashore on Charity shoal, after the insurance wreckmasters had failed in their operation; raising the steamer Eugene Zimmerman, sunk in the Soo river, by building in six days a false bow 28 feet long and 25 feet high, and pulling it in place, pumping out the vessel with her own ballast pumps, and delivering her at the Soo under her own steam, without removing any of her 9,000 tons of coal; raising the steamer New York sunk at the government dry dock at Kingston was another wrecking feat, and later raising of the steamers Hulbert Smith and William Nottingham ashore in Buffalo harbor. Dredging a channel 1,700 feet in length, 100 feet wide and 10 feet deep was part of the work required for the Buffalo job, but the Donnelly Company succeeded in the big task, which was the largest wrecking contract ever given out on the great lakes.

Mr. Donnelly for years has been interested in mining. In 1893 he took a course of lectures at the School of Mining here and received the first prospector's certificate issued at this university in 1894. He continued the study of mining, and in 1898 he won the degree of M.E. (Mining Engineer). Afterwards he became interested in the corundum industry, and owns what is considered by experts the best corundum property in Canada. It is located in Renfrew county.


Deeper Welland Canal Urged By Marine Men.

[Toronto World]

Francis King, secretary of the Dominion Marine Association, was in Toronto attending a meeting of the exutive of that body.

Mr. King said that he regarded the construction of a new Welland canal of twenty-two feet depth of the utmost importance to the marine interests of the country. The new waterway should have as few locks as possible and take the shortest route between the two lakes.

Action should not be long delayed, as the new Erie canal was under way, and it was important that the bulk of grain traffic should find an outlet to the sea by way of the Canadian route.

At the present time the cost of haulage from the head of the lakes to Buffalo or Port Colborne is from 1 1/2 cents to 2 cents a bushel.

The grain that reaches Buffalo is transhipped to Erie canal barges by the railways and the charge to New York, including 90 cents for terminus charges in New York, is from 4 1/2 cents to 5 cents a bushel.

If 10,000 ton grain carriers could get through to Kingston or Prescott the charge for the additional haul from Port Colborne would be about 1/2 cent a bushel. From the point of transhipment to Montreal the rate is 1 7/8 cents; so that the total cost of hauling from Port Colborne to the sea, including 1/4 cent for insurance, by reason of the extra hazard entailed by the river route, would be 2 5/8 cents, compared with 4 1/2 to 5 cents to New York, a considerable advantage in favor of the Canadian route.

On account of the difference in cost a great deal of the grain from the head of the lakes, said Mr. King, was finding its way to Montreal. But we should not stop with the advantage we have and a new Welland canal would stimulate the traffic.

Another point in favor of the new Welland canal was the probable growth in the shipbuilding industry in Toronto. Shipbuilders on Lake Ontario are limited by the restrictions of the canals, whereas with a 22-foot Welland canal the steamers could be built here.

Referring to increase in the amount of grain transhipped at Kingston, Mr. King said within the past few years the business had doubled. Last year eighteen million bushels were carried to that port by one company, with 10,000 ton grain carriers transhipping at Kingston or Prescott there would be a great increase in the business of those ports.

p.8 The Canadian steamer Neepawah has arrived at Detroit, in tow of the big tug Ottawa of the Reid Sarnia line and was taken to Great Lakes Engineering plant where she will be docked.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Sep 1908