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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1838

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p.1 Distressing Accident - a small sailboat upsets on way from Point au Pelee island to main shore and 5 people drown. [Sandwich Herald Nov. 6th]

On Tuesday morning last the schooner Wood Duck, Capt. Graham, sailed from Niagara for Oakville, and when about 15 miles from the former place, discovered to windward a vessel in distress. Captain Graham, notwithstanding the gale and heavy seas, made sail for her and came along side - found her to be a small sloop from Port Hope, called the Water Witch, laden with potatoes, etc. for Toronto, and water-logged; two of the crew had been washed overboard, the one was clinging fast to the mast, unable to help himself, Captain Graham at the risk of his own life rescued the sufferer, and took him on board his own vessel, and soon arrived safe in Oakville. His hands and feet are terribly swollen, and he is now at the Oakville House fast recovering.

Too much praise cannot be given to Capt. Graham for his humane conduct, when in such a gale as that which occurred on Tuesday last, and with so small a craft as the Wood Duck he should have made the rescue when vessels of a larger class deemed it impudent to attempt it. The survivor's name is James Hartings - the sloop is drifting about on the lake yet it is supposed. The two that were drowned were Jarvis Harting, and Stanhope Jellet. [Toronto Herald]

Extract from a letter received at this office dated

"Oakville, 8th November, 1838"

Our Light House at the Oakville Harbour, is at last completed, and lighted up every night in first rate style. Some of the Captains of vessels who have come into the harbour since it was finished, pronounce it the most brilliant light on Lake Ontario. [Toronto Herald]

The Brougham steamer which was captured by the rebels is a good deal crippled in her machinery, and was towed down to Lachine yesterday




on the 12th at Prescott; use of steamers Experiment, Cobourg, Traveller, United States. [Chronicle & Gazette]

Gale on Lake Erie - A severe gale was experienced on Lake Erie, on Monday night, the 5th inst., in which no less than thirteen heavily laden vessels, including a steamboat had been beached, between Grand River and Erie.

The amount of loss, as far as ascertained, is variously estimated. It will probably range from $100,000 to $200,000 - being much larger than ever before experienced on the lake, from a gale of so short duration. It is gratifying to be able to say that no loss of human life has been heard of.

p.3 movement of troops by steamers St. George and Kingston.

The steamer Dragon arrived at La Chine yesterday at 3 o'clock, P.M., with over 20 prisoners...[Montreal Herald Nov. 17th]

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1838