The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston News (Kingston, ON), March 19, 1846

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p.2 The ice remains strong, as yet giving no indication of leaving the bay and harbor. The steamer Admiral arrived a few days since at the upper gap with a number of M.P.P.'s on board, who were landed on the ice, and walked to Fredericksburgh, two and a half miles distant, and there procured conveyance to town.


[Rochester Daily Advertiser Extra, March 15th]

$100,000 Worth Of Property Destroyed

We are informed by a passenger who left Buffalo this morning, that that city was visited by a fearful calamity last evening at 7 o'clock. About that time the ice in the creek gave way, and came down like a perfect avalanche, carrying everything before it! Between the foot of Main street and the Lake, there were some 15 or 20 Canal Boats, every one of which had disappeared, no one knew whither, but it is supposed, were jammed together between the steamboats, and completely demolished!

The steamers United States, Wisconsin, Chatauque, Frankfort, Indian Queen, and two or three others, are greatly injured. The Chatauque had the upper works entirely carried away and torn to pieces.

Every steamboat lying in the Creek was more or less injured, except the Clinton and Indiana.

The Rochester broke two cables, and dashed down the Creek with fearful velocity, carrying everything before her, staving in a portion of the dock, and now lies partly under the dock. The injury done to this steamer alone, it is said, will amount to several thousand dollars.

About 20 schooners were lying in the Creek, and every one of them had been greatly damaged; some completely demolished.

The steamer Dole went down the stream about forty rods, stove in a portion of her hull, and sunk.

The propellers lying in the Creek were all badly injured, some of them damaged to a considerable amount.

It was generally supposed when our informant left, that there were a considerable number of individuals on board of the canal boats, which have disappeared. If so, the loss of life on board these and the steamers, must be great.

Of course it is impossible to estimate, with any degree of accuracy, the damage done, but it is supposed to be not less than One Hundred Thousand Dollars!

p.3 The Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the Kingston Marine Railway Company for the election of Officers for the ensuing year, will be held at the office of T. Kirkpatrick, Esq., on Monday the sixth day of April next, at 12 o'clock, noon.

Charles W. Jenkins, Secretary.

Kingston, 6th March, 1846.

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Kingston News (Kingston, ON), March 19, 1846