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Lighter Barge Sank at Dock Here Last September.

Marine News On River.

Yesterday morning the wreck of the lighter barge Hoboken was towed from the shallow water at the J.R. Bresnan & Son coal wharf to a point about a quarter of a mile from shore and allowed to sink in the deep waters of the St. Lawrence river, near the channel. The Hoboken was an old barge that had been converted into a lighter for unloading purposes and all last summer was stationed at the Bresnan wharf here, where early in September last, with very little warning, it filled with water and sank to the bottom. Later in the fall the barge was abandoned by the owners, the Ogdensburg Coal & Towing Co., who sent a wrecking barge here for the purpose of removing the valuable machinery and equipment from the wreck. This work was accomplished in a few days and the final chapter of the Hoboken was written yesterday when towed by a tug of the Sincennes-McNaughton line, the craft was taken to deeper water and allowed to sink to Davy Jones' locker. The operations yesterday did not last over an hour and no difficulty was experienced in the work.

The task of building a new unloading unloading platform on the wharf of the W.B. Reynolds Coal Co., just east of the B.R.C. club house, is being rapidly pushed to completion and within a short time a thoroughly modern unloading device will be in operation. The platform is built on wheels, and can easily be moved to various locations along a ship's side, and when equipped with a steam crane will greatly facilitate the unloading of coal from the boats to the shed.

The palatial steam yacht Magedoma, owned by Mrs. G.T. Fulford, was moved from its winter quarters to Tunnel Bay this morning and taken to Fulford Place to be put in commission for the summer months.

The steamer Keyvive, of the Keystone line, passed east this morning with a heavy cargo of grain, en route to Montreal.

The steamer Compton, of the Hall fleet, is the first river vessel to report an accident this season. Coming through the long level of the Welland canal, about nine miles east of Port Colborne, she swerved against the canal bank, badly twisting her rudder stock.

The U.S. government dredge Sodus which has been undergoing repairs at the Ogdensburg shipyard, tied up at the C.P.R. dock last night in tow of the government tug Oswegatchie, and this morning at 6 o'clock proceeded en route to Oswego.

The Donnelly Wrecking Co., Kingston, has purchased the tug Mary and the steel barge Mamie from the Canada Steamship Lines and will add the vessels to its wrecking fleet.

The steamer Liberty, of the Geo. Hall fleet, left Ogdensburg today for Lorraine, O., to be equipped with new Scotch boilers. The Liberty is in tow of the tug Florence.

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27 Apr 1921
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
Rick Neilson
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