The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1911

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And Was Taken Over To Cape Vincent.

The steamer John Sharples, wrecked off the Galloup Islands, last fall, has been raised and towed to Cape Vincent.

The Sharples, it will be remembered, was wrecked while loaded with a cargo of corn, for Richardson's elevator. Reid & Baker, Detroit, have been working on her for several days, several vessels having been used to take off the cargo. The schooner Ford River took a cargo off just a few days ago.

The steamer Ottawa, of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, which was partially destroyed by fire and then sunk, at Cape Vincent, last fall, was raised yesterday, and will likely be towed to Kingston. The work was carried out by some of the company's men from this city, and was well carried out. W.J. Douglas went over to the Cape, yesterday, to look after the final work in raising the vessel.

The first cargo of grain for this season, arrived in the city at seven o'clock, last night, when the steamer Jacques arrived from Fort William with 70,000 bushels of wheat. The steamer McKinstrey arrived from Fort William at ten o'clock, this morning, with 75,000 bushels of wheat. Both vessels are discharging at the M.T. Co's elevator.

The tug Emerson cleared with three barges to load grain at Port Colborne.

The steamer Tagona, grain laden, from Fort William, is due to reach the M.T. Co's elevator, tonight. The steamer Mapleton is also on the way from Fort William, grain laden.

The barge Sligo cleared for Point Anne to load stone for Toronto.

The steamer Jacques had a good trip down, and encountered very little ice. What looked at first like very dangerous banks of ice, were encountered without any trouble whatever, as all the ice was well broken up.

The schooner Julia B. Merrill cleared for Oswego to load coal for Anglin's.

The schooner Bertha Calkins cleared for Oswego, yesterday, to load coal for Swift's.

The steamer City of Ottawa cleared from Swift's, yesterday afternoon, for the west, on her first trip of the season.

The steamer City of Montreal, which has been in the Kingston dry dock being fitted out will clear some time tomorrow for the west.

The M.T. Co's barge Hamilton is in the Kingston Dry Dock having her hull repaired. The steamer City of Hamilton went out of the dock yesterday.

Marine Doings Everywhere.

The Newsboy is rather a queer name for a steamer, says the Cape Vincent Eagle, but Cape people will not mind that if the craft is fast and staunch and makes good time on the Cape-Kingston route. The Portsmouth philosopher says: the Newsboy is always welcome whether on time or not.

An Oswego despatch says: The wrecking tug Reid, from the Sharples, came in last night. The captain says they are enjoying fine weather at the wreck and that the cargo is being taken out as fast as possible. While he believes that the steamer can be floated he says it will not be possible to tell the extent of her injuries until the cargo is removed.

The Great Lakes Protective Association has accepted the Sharples as a total loss. The association carried about five per cent of the insurance and there is about eighty-three per cent of the policies yet to be paid. The English underwriters have not yet acted.

Capacity for about 3,000,000 tons of coal for upper lakes delivery in 1911 has been covered at the same rates as last year.

Not much activity is expected in the lumber trade for three weeks yet.

The steamer Marshall arrived in Chicago with coal from Oswego.

The schooner D. Freeman left Oswego, Tuesday night, and proceeding a few miles in the lake it occurred to Capt. Savage that he forgot to get his clearance at the customs house. When the schooner returned to port there was a rumor started that a sailor had been lost overboard.

There are 38 steam, sailing and tow craft in the Oswego harbor after coal. This is the heaviest tonnage in several years at one time.

The Donnelly Wrecking Company this morning started to raise the steamer Sally, which was sunk off Point Frederick, in yesterday's accident. The Donnelly was taken to the (sic).

Reports From Oswego

A despatch from Oswego says:

The trestles in Chicago are beginning to feel the effect of the shortage of coal which is reported from every port on the Great Lakes. There is an exceedingly heavy demand for fuel from both Canadian and upper lake ports and many vessels are now lying at the trestles in Oswego, awaiting their turn for loading. The Lackawanna is not receiving anywhere near the amount of coal it should, nor is the Delaware and Hudson and the New York, Ontario and Western.

Many steamers are tied up here and also a number of schooners who trade with Kingston and Lake Ontario ports. It is believed that the shortage will continue for some little time, but the delay caused to boats will be but a few days.

Local officials state that the increased demand is on account of the late opening of navigation and the increased business which was predicted during the winter months owing to the severity of the winter using up large quantities of coal held in storage.

p.3 Fish & Nets Are Seized - capture by Can. patrol launch McCarthy on Lake Erie.


Steamer Sharples Here

The steamer John Sharples arrived at Richardson's wharf this afternoon, at 1:30 o'clock, in tow of the tugs of the Reid Wrecking company, which raised her. There still remains about 25,000 bushels of corn in her yet. Just what will be done with the remainder of the cargo is not known at present, but it is expected that it will be loaded on cars and sent to Montreal. The insurance people estimate the damage done in the neighborhood of $35,000, and say the vessel can be rebuilt for that. She will have temporary repairs made here, but the largest part of the work will likely be done at Ogdensburg, N.Y. Most of the material which will go in her is American, so she will be taken to the American side to be repaired. The pumps were kept going all the way over, and will have to be kept working all the time she is here.

From the engine room forward there is no indication of a wreck at all. The damage is all back of that. Part of the stern is gone completely. The stern nearly all of which was done by the ice (sic). Ice covered the fore part of the ship half way up the mast and the last of it was not melted away until last evening. Even yet there is some in her hold and on the decks.

Her bottom is reported to be all right, for which the owners are very glad. Joseph Gratton, foreman for Richardsons', went over to the Cape yesterday, and came back with the boat today. In pumping out the water many hundreds of bushels of grain went out too.

The boat here created quite a lot of excitement in marine circles and quite a large crowd gathered at the wharf to see her come in.

Steamer Sally Raised

The Donnelly Wrecking company succeeded in raising the little steamer Sally, which sank in the mishap in the harbor on Thursday afternoon. The steamer received but slight damage.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1911