The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1897

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p.4 Accident To The Rosedale

On Monday night at 10 o'clock the steamer Rosedale, one of the largest steel steamships on the lakes, ran ashore at Rock Island Light, River St. Lawrence, and badly damaged one of the bottom plates in her hull. The Rosedale was upward bound, light, with water ballast in her hold at the time of the mishap. According to Capt. Ewart, the Rosedale was sailing up the river when she met the Montreal Transportation Company's tug Bronson with a number of barges in tow. The Bronson blew several "cross signals," which confused the skipper of the Rosedale, and the barges crowded him on to Rock Island shoal. The steamer was going at a fair rate of speed at the time, and she went on the shoal pretty hard. The water ballast was pumped out of the Rosedale, and her engines reversed. By this means she was able to release herself last night. It is thought that the damage will be large, but as the boat has not yet been docked it is difficult to tell what her injuries are. The Rosedale belongs to the St. Lawrence & Chicago Navigation Company. Captain Ewart, her commander, is a part owner in the vessel. Captain Donnelly says that Captain Ewart is one of the most careful navigators on the lakes. It is not yet decided when the Rosedale will be docked. Captain S. Crangle, the Superintendent of the Navigation Co., will arrive in the city this afternoon.

Want It At Portsmouth - Ald. James Stewart stated today that he has received a letter from a capitalist, who will invest $30,000 in a million-bushel grain elevator, to be built at Portsmouth. Mr. B.W. Folger will supplement this amount by $1,000, and a resident of Brockville, who owns land in the village, will furnish a site free.

Board of Trade - Annual Meeting - (part) Secretary Francis King read the annual report (published in the News two weeks ago).

-Mr. W.B. Dalton suggested that the Government be petitioned to supply the dry dock with light for use all night, when night work was necessary.

-George Richardson thought the Canadian Marine Association should be requested to notify the Government.

-Captain Donnelly pointed out the benefit of such light, which was a necessity, especially at this season of the year. Should the dock be supplied with light, so that night-work could be done, the dock would attract more work.

-The secretary was authorized to write to Mr. Britton and the secretary of the Marine Association, requesting them to take the matter in hand.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1897