boat0040The rafting tug Petrel was constructed in Collins Bay for the Collins Bay Rafting and Forwarding Company of Kingston. Her composite hull was made of iron and oak.

The tugs got their lumber rafts at Garden Island and towed them to the rapids where they were broken up into smaller drams and sent through the current. After reassembling the rafts at the foot of the rapids, the wood was taken to Montreal.

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A photograph by J.A. Noel of Cornwall showing the Petrel pushing barges toward the south span of the New York Central and Ottawa Railway bridge, after the collapse, November 29, 1898.

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