GALE ON LAKE ONTARIO.
On Friday last the wind hauled suddenly from the south to the north and north east, and "piped up" as we seldom have seen it on this coast. A fleet of schooners were on their way down from the Welland Canal to Oswego and Kingston when they met the gale. The schooners Independence and Frontier made the harbor of Sodus before nightfall, but the schooners Detroit, of Cleveland, Thomas Hart and Hannah, of Oswego, were not so fortunate - the latter carried away her mainmast and rode out the blow at anchor about a mile above Sodus. The Detroit and Thomas Hart were driven ashore near the piers at Sodus in attempting to get into the harbor. On board the Detroit was 2300 bushels wheat which with the vessel will be a total loss - wheat insured at the office in this place. The Thomas Hart had 700 barrels of Pork for Kingston most of which will be saved, and the vessel we learn can be got off. From a reliable source we understand this loss can be attributable to the absence of the light on the pier at Sodus - if so this want of attention on the part of the light house keeper is unpardonable.
[Oswego Herald, June 14th]
fight along St. Lawrence Canal between Cork and Connaught Irish.; they searched the Henry Gildersleeve steamer as she lay at Dickinson's Landing, and took off four men and beat them.
The new steam boat Prince Edward, built at Garden Island, and intended for the Bay of Quinte route, made her trial trip to Bath and back last week in three hours. She is beautifully finished, but being rather crank in the water, it will probably be necessary to give her false sides. The new steam boat Prince of Wales, built at the Marine Railway by Mr. Shea, and intended for the Bay, was also tried last week, and performed well. She has the engine of the Sir Jas. Kempt.
A kind of revolution has taken place in the river travelling and navigation, by the use of the propeller barges and the steam boat Pioneer, which descend the river to Lachine and Montreal, and return by the Ottawa and Rideau, performing the circuit in about 4 1/2 days. The Pioneer's time to Montreal from Kingston is 26 hours, a saving of cost, time and trouble, as there is no shifting of baggage.