The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Oct 1910

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p.2 A Diver To Examine - the waterworks suction pipe for leaks - Donnelly Wrecking Co. has just returned from working on wrecked steamer Phoenix.



Pumped Out By The Donnelly Wrecking Company.

The Donnelly Wrecking company brought the steamer Phoenix into port, on Wednesday night, having spent six days in pumping her out and getting her into shape to be brought here.

The company had her pumped out on Sunday, but the weather was so bad it had to let her fill again.

The damages are not serious, and it is likely the Phoenix will go to Prescott under her own steam and discharge her cargo of 2,000 tons. There she will go on the dry dock for general caulking.

Tuesday night the Phoenix was pumped out a second time. Some coal lightered and by 10 a.m. Wednesday the boat floated off and the Donnelly and tug Saginaw took her in tow and brought her to port. She is lying at the dry-dock.

The only heavy damage was the washing away, by heavy seas, of the mate's quarters forward. There was an insurance of $25,000 on vessel. The vessel having been abandoned to the underwriters arrangements are now under way for the George Hall Coal company to take her back again.

The wrecking outfit, the steamers Donnelly and Saginaw, with eight pumps and twenty men, left here, on Friday night last. They went into South Bay for shelter and Saturday went to the Phoenix and began operations. They went to South Bay at night for shelter. Sunday the boat was pumped out, but the seas rolling high the boat was let fill again and sank. Work was resumed on Monday and Tuesday, the company was busy all day and night.Wednesday the wrecked steamer floated off, her temporary caulking being very complete.

Joseph King, Detroit, was with the wreckers as the representative of the Chicago Underwriters. The company will make representations to the government to establish telephone lines to South Bay Point and Long Point as by this means of communication life and property could be saved much more effectively. The nearest telephone is ten miles away and time involved in reaching it might in some cases lead to disasters of a serious character.

Steamer for Rideau Canal.

Capt. A. Foster, Smith's Falls, has contracted with the Davis Dry Dock company, of Kingston, for a steel passenger and freight steamer with oak (bottom) planking. The steamer will be 100 feet long, 19 feet beam, 6 1/2 feet deep. The cabin rooms will be on the upper deck and the main deck will be clear for freight. The steamer is to be equipped with a fore and aft compound engine and steel boiler of sufficient power to drive the boat twelve miles per hour. The contract calls for delivery on May 1st, 1911.

Marine Paragraphs.

Steamer H.S. Pickands is at the Locomotive Works wharf with coal from Erie, Pa.

The schooner Katie Eccles loaded a cargo of 8,500 bushels of barley at Frenchman's Bay, and is on the way to the M.T. Co.'s elevator.

Swift's wharf: steamer Belleville down last night; steamer Dundurn up last night; Rideau King from Portland yesterday afternoon; steamer Aletha down and up today.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Kenora arrived from Fort William, lightered 7,268 bushels of wheat, and cleared for Montreal; steamer Beaverton from Fort William, discharged 71,000 bushels of wheat into store; steamer Kinmount from Fort William, transhipped into barges 72,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Wasaga from Fort William discharged 50,000 bushels of wheat; steamers Glenmount and Fairmount, grain-laden from Fort William, are due tonight or Friday morning.

p.7 To Take Houseboat Trip - Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. Gibbs, Brooklyn, and friends to tour Rideau canal on houseboat Idler.

p.8 death of Prescott resident Capt. James Byrne, a skilful and careful navigator; survived by wife and four children.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Oct 1910