The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Jul 1913

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The steamer Wahcondah was in port on Saturday on her way up from Montreal.

The schooner Dobbin cleared for Point Ann to load stone for Toronto.

The steamer Phelps arrived from Charlotte with coal for Booth & Co.

The schooner Maize cleared for Oswego.

The schooner Abbie L. Andrews arrived with coal from Charlotte for the water works wharf.

The schooner St. Louis, from Charlotte, is discharging coal at the Montreal Transportation company's wharf.

The schooner Eccles cleared for Oswego.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Thomson cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; tug Emerson arrived from Port Dalhousie with oil barge No. 122 for Montreal; tug Bartlett cleared with barges Ungava and Winnipeg for Port Dalhousie.

After some months at the Kingston Shipbuilding yards for repairs the steamer Fairfax expected to clear on Saturday afternoon for Deseronto.

The steamer Kingston was down and up on Saturday.

The steamer North King was down and up the bay again on Saturday.

The steamer Rideau Queen is due down Saturday evening from Ottawa.

Pith of News - The steamer Victoria is ashore at Iroquois Point, near the Soo, with a large hole in her starboard side.

p.2 Boats Were In Danger - when squall struck river and harbor on Friday night.



The Good Work Of Local Men On The Winnie Wing.

Did you ever have an opportunity of watching a wrecking crew raising a vessel?

The Donnelly Wrecking company of Kingston a few days ago, as already reported, succeeded in raising the schooner Winnie Wing, which was sunk in the Napanee river, about half a mile from the harbor, through a collision with a mud barge in tow of one of the dredge tugs.

The work was carried on in a most successful manner and quite a large number of Napanee people had an opportunity of viewing the work, which was of a very interesting nature.

A diver was on the job for several days and succeeded in closing the hole in the bow of the schooner, caused by the collision.

The hole was about twenty by seven feet. After this was looked after all the hatches had to be closed down, also the cabin and the entrance to the forecastle. Then the placing of the pumps on the schooner was commenced. A powerful twelve-inch pump was placed on the forward deck, and the suction pipe run down into the boat through the opening leading to the forecastle.

Later on, the wrecking crew connected a nine-inch pump from a barge to the schooner, running the suction pipe down through a hole cut in the top of the cabin, and then both the pumps were set to work.

It was certainly a wonderful sight for any person who was not accustomed to wrecking, to note the power of these two pumps and to watch the huge volume of water sucked up from the inside of the vessel and then thrown overboard.

The water from the aft pump was thrown into the river and the forward pump discharged its volume of water over the deck of the vessel which was two or three feet under water. Shortly after the starting of the pumps the diminishing water in the hold of the vessel showed that the pumps would eventually accomplish their purpose, also that the diver in the making of the vessel water tight had done his work well and it would be only a question of a very short time when the vessel would be afloat. After working the pumps for about an hour and fifteen minutes there was a shout from the crowd of interested spectators. "There she comes." And sure enough she was coming as the north rail of the vessel could be seen to emerge from the water. And it came up quickly too. But still the pumps worked on, and it was not long before the Winnie Wing was again afloat.

In referring to the raising of the vessel by Mr. Donnelly's crew a Napanee exchange had the following:

"The wrecking crews arre a jolly good lot of fellows and exhibited a goodly amount of good nature and forebearance. With a large number of people swarming the decks of the barge, the schooner and the tug they were very often and mostly all the time in the way, but the wrecking crew never lost an atom of their good nature and never found a word of fault. They were also very courteous, even to the extreme, in answering and explaining all and any questions put to them."

Life Belts on Wharves - The Richelieu and Ontario Navigation company has taken the first step in harkening to the recommendation of the coroner's jury, which urged that life-saving appliances be placed at the city wharves. A life-belt has been hung on Swift's wharf, which is controlled by the merger and the Brock street wharf will be similarly equipped.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Jul 1913