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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Dec. 6, 1842

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p.2 Great and Destructive Fire !! - fire broke out in flouring mill of H. Fitzhugh & Co. in East Oswego, and spread to other flour mills and warehouses; the schooner Luther Wright was lying at dock with a cargo of wheat, was burned to the water's edge.

The Gale at the West -We have an extra from the office of the Detroit Journal of November 24th, containing an account of the loss of the ship Milwaukie, during the tremendous gale of Friday week. The Milwaukie was a beautiful ship of about 300 tons burthen, and has run from Buffalo to the upper lakes.

Correspondence of the Detroit Daily Advertiser

Allegan, Nov. 19th, 1842.

Dear Sir; - The ship Milwaukie came ashore yesterday morning about two o'clock, two miles north of the mouth of the Kalamazoo. There were of officers and crew fifteen persons on board, of whom but six are saved. Among the lost are all the officers, the cook and two boys. I have not learned the names of any except the captain, Wetmore. Her freight was mostly flour, of which she had nearly a full load. Report says she took on board nearly 300 barrels at St. Joseph.

She came to Kalamazoo Wednesday afternoon. During that night and Thursday forenoon she took ?00 barrels of flour. She had just finished loading when the wind commenced blowing hard from the south-west. The captain attempted to get under way, but could not. Before dark it blew a gale, and was accompanied with snow. The night was a very cold one. About 10 o'clock she commenced drifting towards the shore, and struck at two o'clock the next morning.

The captain, first mate and the cook, the two boys and two sailors, perished of cold upon the ship after she struck. She lay about four rods from the shore.

The second mate and seven sailors left the ship and swam for the shore - in the attempt one of the sailors was drowned. The six remaining sailors made their way to a house two miles distant. On their return to the beach the second mate was perishing, and died in a few minutes. They left the ship about 9 o'clock in the morning.

The snow fell so fast that it could not be ascertained from the shore, whether the ship was at anchor or not. She is said to be broken in the middle. The cargo will probably be mostly saved, in a damaged state.

Truly yours, A.L. Bly

N.B. - She lay 1 1/2 miles out while loading.

The St. Lawrence Canal from Cornwall to the head of the Long Sault rapids was opened on Friday the 25th ult., when the steamer Highlander passed through the Canal. It came up to Kingston last Tuesday, and on arrival here the members of the Corporation went on board to congratulate Capt. Stearns, and invited him, Capt. Whipple, and other gentlemen to a lunch at the British American Hotel, where various complimentary toasts were drunk and speeches made in honour of the canal and those engaged in its construction. The following account is from the Cornwall Observer.

On Friday the 25th inst. the St. Lawrence Canal was opened in due form by the admission into its noble and capacious locks of the Steam Ship Highlander - all classes turned out to view the interesting sight. After passing the three locks below the town, this beautiful vessel with the resident Engineers and Contractors for the work on board, came up to the Dock in front of the town, where she was greeted by the hearty cheers of the populace, who made "the welkin ring" with their acclamation. A salute was fired by the steamer, and the Band of the 4th Incorporated Militia played God save the Queen and Rule Britannia in fine style. Considerable delay was occasioned by the great quantity of ice in the Canal which on the previous day and night had been partially broken up by direction of the Board of Works. During a brief stay at the Dock, the Master, Captain Stearns, and the Owner, Capt. Whipple, received the congratulations of the Members of the Board of Police and others of the principal inhabitants, on their good fortune on being the first to pass their noble ship through this stupendous artificial navigation. Indeed no person is more worthy of this honor than Capt. Whipple who was instrumental in establishing the first line of stages between Montreal and Prescott and to whose unwearied exertions in overcoming many and great difficulties is to be mainly attributed the success of the undertaking, and the efficiency of the present mode of conveyance on this route. If merit can give a claim in these degenerate days, to no better person than Capt. Stearns could be assigned the command of so fine a vessel as the Highlander. The noble bark shortly proceeded on her joyous way, bearing with her a rich freight of the beauty and fashion of the town and the good wishes of all that she might never have less (she cannot have more) of the good opinion of the public than she has now. This was certainly a proud day for Cornwall; while our neighbors on the other side are suspending their public works, we the junior branch of a great family have not only completed those that have been commenced but are undertaking others which when finished, as they will shortly be, will present a work unrivalled by any the world contains. Justly may we be proud of our native land when she is thus able to proceed with the march of improvement despite all the difficulties and destractions that have lately befel her. One can scarcely go beyond the bounds of reason and moderation in anticipating the benefits that will result from the completion of this great undertaking - indeed the most sanguine in their expectations must fall short of the reality. We may look forward in the most confident assurance and consider this as the only dawn of a great and glorious day to Canada. To the exertions of our late members the Hon. Mr. Justice M'Lean, and Col. the Hon. P. Vankoughnet are we indebted for the commencement of this work, and for its completion to the fostering care of their successors - for its efficiency to the skill of the Engineers and Board of Works, and for its stability to the honest integrity of the Contractors. They all merit our warmest acknowledgements, and we need only say to them all "Go on and continue to prosper," here is a lasting monument to your fame. [Cornwall Observer]

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Dec. 6, 1842