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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1848

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The Weather and the Navigation.

The weather for the past few days has been exceedingly boisterous. A snow storm on Friday evening was succeeded by a heavy rain - the wind blowing a hurricane during the night. This continued with trifling intermissions until Saturday evening.

On Friday, during the storm, the steamer Eclipse, Capt. Harrison, was in imminent danger - so violent was the storm, that she could not touch at any port on her way up, and on her arrival at Burlington Beach the sea was breaking over her. Thrice was the attempt made to enter the Canal, but the recoil of the waves from the beach rendered the efforts of her crew ineffectual. With a well timed discretion the vessel was on each occasion backed astern some distance, and another run made for the harbor. The fourth attempt was successful, and she was shortly again in the bay. [Hamilton Gazette]



The Cobourg Star gives the following particulars of the wreck of the Canada:-

"About two o'clock on Saturday morning the schooner Canada, Captain Thomas Davis, owner and commander, in attempting to get into Port Hope, ran ashore on Gull Island reef, in about 7feet water and 5 rods from land. The captain told us that he could easily have got into the harbor if there had been a light on the pier. On Saturday the gale increased in violence, and about one o'clock p.m. the vessel began to break up. During the morning repeated attempts were made by the people of Port Hope, who lined the beach by hundreds, to open communication with the hands on board, but they could not succeed. Shortly after 2 p.m. the Captain and Frederick Eccles, feeling that certain death awaited them if they remained, as the sea was continually breaking over the vessel, threw themselves into the lake and reached the shore, from which they were taken up insensible. Of those who remained on board, Alexander McDowall and Solomon Hammond were good swimmers, but the former was afraid to venture, and the latter would not leave his brother who could not swim. At 3 p.m. the gale was at its height, every sea going completely over the schooner, and shortly the three men (the two Hammonds and McDowall) dropped, one after another, into the lake and were drowned."

The Star is wrong in supposing the Canada to have been originally a steamer. She was built in this city by the Messrs. Ives, and was for a number of years employed in the lumber trade. The steamer alluded to by the Star was, we believe, destroyed by fire.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1848