The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 29, 1844

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p.1 Names of the American Lakes - their meanings. (H.R. Schoolcraft)

p.2 From the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, Saturday evening.

Last night we experienced a gale more violent and destructive than ever before known. The weather yesterday was cold and uncomfortable, with occasional drizzling showers of rain. About eight or nine o'clock in the evening it rained quite smartly. Between nine and ten the wind veered to the South and a warm heavy rain fell. At eleven the wind suddenly shifted to the North, and for about half an hour blew with great force accompanied with rain. It then again with more suddenness changed to the South West. About midnight the gale commenced and raged like a hurricane up to nearly four o'clock in the morning when its fury somewhat abated, but a heavy gale has continued to blow up to the hour of going to press.

The damage to property is immense, and the destruction of life is awful.....

Steamboats, Vessels and Canal Boats Ashore.

Steamboats - The Chautauque is ashore on the beach at Sandytown. The little U.S. steamer Albert is beached at the foot of Mechanic Street. The St. Louis which left port yesterday evening for the West rode out the gale on the lake last night, and passed down the river to Black Rock this morning under a jib sail, no steam up.

Since the above was in type we have seen Mr. Henry Wells who was on board the St. Louis. He says the boat got up within three miles of Dunkirk when she broke a shaft, and was forced to put back, and by the use of one wheel and the aid of the jib was able to make port. The upper cabin and light frame work were considerably injured. Three men and a boy, deck passengers, were washed overboard during the height of the gale. Mr. Wells had a large amount of specie in charge, all of which is safe.

The Julia Palmer, which left last evening, with a full load of passengers, probably three or four hundred, is riding at anchor in the bay, South of the light house.

Thirteen horses have been thrown overboard, all of which except one safely reached the shore. One bore a line stating that the boat was out of wood and asking assistance, which will be rendered as soon as the wind and sea subside a little.

The Bunker Hill is on her side at the water's edge, above the foot of Main street, not much damaged. The G.W. Dole, high and dry some fifty feet from water. The Columbus in the same position with the Dole not much damaged.

The steamers Wayne, Constellation and Perry came in during the early part of the night. The latter in making a berth ran foul of the Great Western, and sustained considerable injury, carrying off the larboard wheel house and gunwales. The Indian Queen made port today safely.

Vessels - Brig Queen Charlotte, high and dry near foot of Michigan street. Schooner Henry Clay, ditto, near Clark and (S ).

The Brig Ashland broke from her mooring at the light house pier and drifted ashore to the East side of the North pier, and the ( ) coming in ran foul of other vessels and ( ) injured in rigging etc. The schooner ( ) Capt. Piersons returned at noon today, ( ). The brig Europe and schooner Lyon returned safely to port.

The following are among the canal boats ( ) a number of which are a half a mile from the canal. There are undoubtedly others in the same condition not (ascertained ?): Billow, Bogue, Huff, Whipple, Mohawk, ( reign), Locomotive, Pompeii, Lorina, ( Victory), Shamrock (broke in two), ( Rust), Britannia, W.C. Rives, Addona, J.L. Darling, Whig, Huron, Gull, ( Pilgrim), Madison, I.S. Parker, (Fir ), Turk, Wm. Tell, Telescope, Bunker Hill, Lockwood, Attica, Wm. Maxwell, ( Neptune).

Piers and Wharves

The massive stone pier that protects our harbor is seriously injured for many rods....

Buildings Destroyed and Injured

....White lead factory, a new establishment, on which some $200,000 had been invested, is wholly demolished....(3/4 of a column of detail)

3 P.M. - The storm is still threatening. The new brig Uncle Sam, Capt. Vaie, is ( ) with a full cargo. Her sails and spars are much torn and broken. In passing the schr. ( ) she carried away the foremast of that vessel and committed other injuries. The schr. ( ) and Robert Wood, also made the harbor safely. Others are known to be on this lake ( ) hourly expected.

Presentation of Tea Service to John Counter by Marine Railway Co.


Yesterday, the President of the Company, Henry Gildersleeve, Esq., presented, on behalf of the Board of Directors, a splendid silver Tea Service to John Counter, Esq., as an acknowledgement on their part of the services rendered to the Company by that gentleman. The service was recently purchased in London by William Wilson, Esq., at a cost of £100. It is of silver, richly embossed, and of beautiful workmanship. The selection is creditable in the highest degree to the taste of Mr. Wilson, and the liberality of the gift no less honorable to the Company than its presentation must have been gratifying to Mr. Counter. We subjoin the note of the President, with Mr. Counter's reply thereto.

Kingston, Oct. 23rd, 1844.

John Counter, Esquire.

Dear Sir: - I feel much pleasure in transmitting to you a copy of a Resolution unanimously adopted at a general meeting of the Stockholders of the Marine Railway Company, held on the first day of April last, namely:

"Resolved, - That this meeting, appreciating the valuable services of John Counter, Esq. in effecting a loan, and in otherwise furthering the interests of the Company in England, hereby authorize the Directors to present to Mr. Counter, a piece of plate, with a suitable inscription thereon."

In pursuance whereof the Directors have procured a Silver Tea Service, bearing the following Inscription; - "Presented to John Counter, Esq., by the Kingston Marine Railway Company, in consideration of his zealous and successful exertions in promoting their interests in London in 1843," and which, in the name of the Company, I have now the honor to present to you, and request your acceptance of.

I am, dear sir,

Yours very truly,

Henry Gildersleeve, President.



Mr. President and Gentlemen, - I can scarcely find words to express my thanks for the very handsome present you have just made me - a mark of your approbation and generosity not the less highly appreciated because quite unexpected by me, and far exceeding anything I could have anticipated, and which I accept with much pleasure, trusting that in all my transactions, whether public or private, I may ever be found ready to fulfil any duty that may devolve upon me with as much satisfaction to those interested as (judging from the handsome return you have made me in the present instance), I have afforded you.

With sincere wishes for the prosperity and advancement of the interests of the Company,

I am, Gentlemen,

Your most obedient servant,

John Counter.

In another column will be found accounts of the great storm, taken from the Buffalo papers. It appears that the report of the Illinois steamer being lost was a mistake. The schooner Primrose, of Wellington, was lost in the gale with all hands. Another schooner is also reported to have foundered.

Rideau Canal - The Officers of Her Majesty's Ordnance have given notice that the water will be let out of the Rideau Canal on the 20th of November, in order to effect repairs, if possible, before the winter sets in.




Will be sold by Public Auction, on Wednesday the 6th November next, at Ives' Wharf, at 1 o'clock, PM if not previously disposed of by private sale.

The Frontenac is neatly and substantially fitted up, and well adapted for Lake or River navigation. The steamer may be viewed at any time at Ives' Wharf.

J. & G. IVES.

Kingston, October 21st, 1844.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 29, 1844