The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), June 20, 1848

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The Steamer Niagara.

Our readers no doubt remember that this fine vessel was driven ashore (in consequence of the loss of her rudder and smoke pipe in a gale of wind) a short distance above the mouth of the Genessee River, on the 18th April last. Notwithstanding the unceasing exertions of Mr. Weekes, ship-builder of Oswego, aided by a numerous gang of assistants, the Niagara had remained in nearly the same position from the time of the disaster till about a fortnight ago, when her proprietors engaged the services of Mr. Lewis Ives, of this City, who is well known to our commercial Marine as a very ingenious and successful mechanic, particularly in the business of raising sunken vessels. We believe Messrs. George and Lewis Ives left here for Rochester on the 1st inst., with their small steamer the Sylph, and notwithstanding the delay which must have occurred in making necessary preparations, the Niagara was pumped out and towed into Genessee River on Friday last, and yesterday the steamer Cataract towed her down to Oswego, where she will immediately be hauled out on the railway and repaired, and in about a month hence the Niagara will take her place in the Lake and River line between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston.

Had the proprietors of the Niagara sought Mr. Ives in the first place, there is no doubt that their vessel would have been afloat in a few days after the disaster, but as in the case of most clever but unassuming persons, Mr. I. is seldom applied to till all other means have failed. He raised the Iron steamer Magnet, (sunk last fall near the mouth of the Beauharnois Canal) in two or three days - although one of the most clever ship-builders in Montreal had been working at her for a fortnight previous without any prospect of success: our citizens will all remember too, how speedily he emptied the cofferdam in front of the market when the efforts of others possessing more knowledge and experience, had failed. The raising of the steamer Transit last summer, was another instance in which Mr. Ives was successful, under very disadvantageous circumstances. In fact plain Lewis Ives never takes hold of anything without keeping a fast hold until he effects his purpose.

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Rick Neilson
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Argus (Kingston, ON), June 20, 1848