The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 4, 1848

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p.2 The Weather - We have recently had some boisterous weather. In the early part of the week a gale from the Westward was experienced, lasting two days, and this morning there is quite a fresh blow from the Southward. We have heard but of one accident on the lake in consequence of the former blow - that of the loss of the schooner Ellen, of Hamilton. The Ellen is said to have drifted ashore at Wellington, dismasted, and without a soul on board. Some vessels bound with produce to Oswego, were compelled to run for this harbor - a fact by the way which will serve to show the advantage which a depot at Cape Vincent must possess over that which now exists at Oswego, and affords an argument in favor of the Cape Vincent and Rome Railroad.

p.3 Gale on Lake Erie - Buffalo, 1st November - It commenced blowing at about one o'clock yesterday morning, from the south west, and continued without much abatement during the day yesterday. We have not seen old Erie lashed into such a rage for many a day. Quite a fleet of vessels, and the steamer Bunker Hill, which left this port on Monday morning, encountered the gale and were driven back. There were also quite a number of vessels heavily laden, bound down, that arrived yesterday. In attempting to make the port the brig Amazon, with a cargo of flour and corn, went on the bar, below the north pier, and the sea broke over her all day. The schooner Marion, from Toledo, with a cargo of flour and corn, struck a sunken anchor inside the pier, which pierced her bottom, and she sunk. Most of the vessels that came in in the afternoon were more or less damaged by coming in contact with each another. The schr. Cramer is minus her foreyard, and other parts of her rigging injured and her sides stove in several places. The Buena Vista carried away her main fore-boom, fore-gaft and foreyard davits, and considerable other damage. The J. Patten ran foul of the schooner Wabash and carried away a davit and done some other slight damage. The schooner St. Mary's came in contact with the Mark H. Sibley, and carried away a davit, and done some damage to the former vessel.


Oct. 27th - Schr. General Wolfe, St. Catharines, 1660 bbls. flour, 28 apples.

Oddfellow, Cobourg, 424 bbls. flour, 29 middlings, 37 peas, 32 oatmeal, 21 tons bran.

28th - Str. City of Toronto, 408 bbls. flour.

Schr. A.J. Brown, Port Hope, 797 bbls. flour, 49 pork, 4 cheese, 2 butter, 9 oatmeal.

Mary, French Creek, 21 bbls. apples.

30th - Str. Prince of Wales, Bay of Quinte, 89 bbls. flour, 84 fish, 3 ashes, 2 apples.

Schr. Minerva, Cobourg, 635 bbls. flour, 27 peas, 21 tons bran.

Arabella, Oswego, groceries.

Britannia, Picton 1817 bush. rye.

David Tait, Picton, 2102 bush. peas, 16 bbls. pork, 3 fish.

Premier, Montreal, 340 bbls. mackerel, 64 quintals fish.

31st - Schr. Hannah, Grafton, 88 bbls. pork, 4 lard, 50 flour, 54 casks 12 carbogs highwines (This cargo was nearly all thrown overboard for the safety of the vessel.)

Nov. 1st - Schr. Louise, Hamilton, 1230 bbls. flour, 153 pork, 5 ashes.

Highland Chief, Toronto, 534 bbls. flour, 10 pork, 30 oatmeal, 7 kegs butter.

Str. City of Toronto, 300 bbls. 48 bgs. flour, 42 bxs soap and candles.

Schr. Rachael, Cleveland, 1000 bbls. flour, 239 casks tallow, 55 bales hemp, 1 csk bacon.

Str. Earl Cathcart, Amherstburg, sundries.

2nd - Schr. Ontario, South Bay, 39 cords wood.

Clarissa, Port Hope, 915 bbls. flour.

George Moffatt.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 4, 1848