The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Dec. 1, 1846

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p.2 The Steamboat Telegraph arrived here on Saturday, after several days detention in the Niagara River in consequence of having run aground during a fog. While lying there the steamboat Admiral, Capt. Wm. Gordon made several attempts to free her, and his exertions have called forth the following card from Capt. Masson:-

A Card - Capt. Masson takes the earliest opportunity of thus publicly thanking Capt. William Gordon, of the steamboat Admiral, for the unwearied kindness he displayed in endeavouring to get his boat the Telegraph afloat while lying aground lately in the Niagara River."

We feel much pleasure in publishing this card; as the circumstance is highly honorable to Capt. Gordon, and the more so as the boats belonged to different nations. Such acts will do much towards raising our character with our neighbours, and are what might be expected from British sailors.

The Telegraph has gone to winter quarters, and Capt. Masson, her worthy commander, carries with him the good wishes of all who have had the pleasure of his acquaintance. We trust we shall see him at his post early in the spring. [Hamilton Com. Adv.]

The British Navigation Laws - protectionists oppose the abolition of navigation laws, as regards Canada, on the ground that it might injure Great Britain.


There has been a severe gale on Lake Erie, and, no doubt much damage to the shipping has been done. The following summary of disasters is taken from the Buffalo papers:

The steamer Helen Strong went ashore about five miles above Barcelona - two lives lost. She is a complete wreck.

The steamer Indian Queen is ashore about a mile this side of Dunkirk, on the rocks and is a perfect wreck.

The steamer Madison is ashore, high and dry, but not much damaged as known yet.

Four vessels are ashore on the peninsula at Erie. The Dayton, U. States, Huron and Charles Howard.

The brig H.H. Sizer is ashore about two miles below the Lighthouse on the rocks. Two vessels ashore at Northeast. One at Fair Haven.

The brig H.H. Sizer and schooner Huron are both total wrecks.

The new brig John Hancock, Captain De Groat, went ashore just above Erie peninsula, on the rocks. One of her sides is stove in, and the hull otherwise damaged. It is feared she will be a total wreck.

The brig Europe, Capt. Rossman, is high and dry at Fairport. She will be got off without any damage.

The schooner Swan is high and dry at Barcelona. Another Schooner about three miles below, and a sloop above Barcelona capsized - hands probably all lost.

The brig Osceola about eight miles above Barcelona, ashore, a total wreck - four hands lost; and the schooner Cleveland near the brig Osceola.

In all there are three steamers and fourteen schooners and brigs ashore east of Cleveland.

Sixteen dead bodies were washed ashore at Barcelona on Saturday.

More Particulars of the Late Gales.

The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser received here on Saturday, adds to the list of casualties above given, the schooner Racine driven ashore two miles this side of Madison; Harwick, of Cleveland, ashore seven miles above Barcelona; brig John Hancock, ashore seven miles above the peninsula; the Pinta and the Swan between Buffalo and Erie. The Ainsworth, of Cleveland, was dismasted and thrown on her beam ends at Oswego, in company with the Grampus, and is also a total wreck. A schooner, name not known, was driven past Oswego, when endeavoring to make that harbor, and went ashore at Mexico bay; Missouri, at Braddock's bay, and W.H. Merritt. near the same place - the latter vessel driven high and dry, being light at the time of going ashore. The three-masted schooner Oneida, in attempting to enter Ashtabula harbor, struck the bar, became unmanageable, and went ashore below the East pier. It is said that a great loss of life has attended these disasters. Seven bodies have been found off the beach at Barcelona, and buried at that place. [Kingston News, Nov. 30th]

p.3 We regret to learn that the schooner General Brock, Capt. Joseph Pearson, ran upon Pidgeon Island reef, on Wednesday night last, in a gale of wind, and has become a total wreck. The Captain and crew were taken from an Island, which they had with great difficulty and suffering succeeded in reaching - by the Government steamer Mohawk, sent by Capt. Fowell to their assistance. The late heavy winds have been disastrous to the shipping on Lake Erie, and we dare say upon Ontario likewise.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Dec. 1, 1846