The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Oct 1910

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p.2 Inspection of Fish - shipped to Cape Vincent from Georgian Bay and Bay of Quinte.

p.3 Gananoque, Oct. 26th - ...The coal schooner Britton left on Monday for Kingston to undergo repairs. The coal schooner Horace Taber arrived yesterday with a cargo for Taylor & Green.



The steamer Neepawah passed down Wednesday morning.

The steamer Arabian passed up Wednesday morning.

The steamer Sowards cleared today for Oswego. The Sowards has had a very busy season.

The steambarge Mary Louse is at the penitentiary wharf with a cargo of talc ?, from Rideau Canal ports.

Steamer Seguin passed up on Wednesday morning, and the steamers Corona and Nevada passed down on Wednesday.

The Vernon Jr., W.H. Comstock's steamyacht was brought to Kingston from Brockville, and will be laid up at the foundry dock for the winter.

Swift's wharf: steamer Seguin coaled at Swift's, on her way up, last night; steamer Rideau King due from Westport this evening; steamer Aletha from bay ports today.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Regina from Fort William, lightered 3,000 bushels of wheat, and cleared for Montreal; steamer Fairmount, which cleared for Fort William yesterday, had in tow the barge Melrose, which will load coal at Lake Erie; tug Thomson from Montreal with two light barges, cleared for Montreal with one grain barge; the steamer Rosemount, loaded with grain, from Fort William, is due to arrive on Thursday.

New Boiler & Engine.

Capt. John Randall, of the steambarge John Randall, was in the city, today, and left an order with the Kingston foundry, for a new boiler and engine for his vessel. The John Randall is now at Collins Bay, and has had a very successful season. She will be laid up for the season in a short time.


John Quirt, diver, had a narrow escape from death while at work at the bottom of the harbor this morning. He was engaged at the waterworks intake pipe, which is being tested for leaks, and while down the second time, became unconscious, and was hauled to the surface in that condition, but soon revived. The water at the place where the pipe was being examined is sixty-two feet deep.

Diver Quirt had gone down once and remained for over an hour, searching for a valve that had to be closed so that a pressure test of a section of the pipe could be made. He came up for a rope and some other article, and went down again. This time he was down nearly three-quarters of an hour.

Not having had a signal from the diver for some time, Louis Thibadeau, who was in charge of the diver's pump and ropes, ordered that Mr. Quirt be hauled up, which was done, and it was found that the diver was unconscious, as he was perfectly inert, and had to be hauled bodily to the boat, the place being about 400 yards out from the waterworks wharf. His uniform was hurriedly removed, and when he got lots of air, the diver revived. He had a narrow escape, however, for had he not been hauled up at the time, he would possibly have met death. He did not seem to feel any after-effects. When asked how long he had been unconscious, Diver Quirt could not say. He did not know how long it was after going down for the second time to work that he felt himself lapsing into unconsciousness. He may have been in that condition for half an hour. The uniform and air arrangements seemed to be all right.

This afternoon, one of the Donnelly company's regular divers was secured to continue operations at the pipe.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Oct 1910