The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 26, 1843

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p.2 On Thursday afternoon, a little before five o'clock, there was experienced in Montreal a heavy squall of wind, followed by a sudden darkness and one of the most violent downpourings of rain ever remembered in this locality. Some trifling inconvenience and damage resulted in Montreal, and a very great calamity was narrowly escaped on the river. A small steam propeller belonging to Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, commanded by Capt. Mullen, was on her way down to Montreal, having on board upwards of a hundred men of the 23rd Regiment. A little above the head of the Lachine Rapids, the squall caught her, carried away her funnel and mast, and the wreck, falling overboard, got entangled in the propeller, which it rendered useless. In this most awful predicament, the vessel, and doubtless the lives of all on board, were saved by the coolness and promptitude of her captain and of her pilot, Mr. Henry Roebuck. Two men were lowered over the stern, and by great exertion the wreck was cut clear, and the propeller got in motion just as the vessel neared the rapids where, had she drifted into the "Cave," her destruction was inevitable, and an awful sacrifice of human life must have resulted. [Montreal Gazette]

p.3 The steamer Frontenac will ply on the Bay of Quinte as an evening boat, leaving Kingston on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 5 o'clock, and Belleville on the other evenings of the week, so as to form, with the Albion, a daily evening line.

Hard Times - A raft of 57 pieces of oak and elm timber was brought from the Rideau Canal to Kingston last week. The lock dues amounted to £5 10s, and the whole raft sold here for £10, leaving the owner but £4 10s for getting out his timber and bringing it to market.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 26, 1843