The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), March 21, 1849

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p.2 letter to editor about canal tolls - if the Government raises them as is rumored, it will harm the carrying trade. signed "A Barrel-roller."


Terrible Flood at Chicago.

$100,000 Property Destroyed.

We received the following telegraph despatch from R.G. Winslow, Esq., yesterday.

Chicago, March 13th.

Terrible flood in the Chicago river. Over $50,000 damage done to commerce already. Another dispatch puts down the damage at over $100,000. Since the above was in type we have received the following particulars:

Chicago, March 13th, 8 p.m.

The damage done by the flood to commerce alone, is over $100,000. Brig St. Louis sunk, hull entire loss; schooner Norton and Diamond broke in two; brig Europe, sides stove in and sunk, laden with salt; schooner Whirlwind, sides stove in and sunk; brigs Ashland and Gen. Worth, schooner H. Hagar and others badly damaged; Gen. Warner sunk. It is impossible to ascertain the amount of damage.

Vessels, propellers, steamers - all jammed in, and some top of each other. Water rising, and great fears entertained of further damage. All canal-boats, with the exception of one or two, entirely destroyed or gone into the lake. Several vessels gone outside, and are anchored in the lake. One or two lives lost by falling spars. [Buffalo Express]

The Weather & the Ice - channel to Garden Island has opened up.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), March 21, 1849