The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1835

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p.2 Raft destroyed at Cedars by being driven into wrong channel, 5 lives lost; a great proportion of the timber was two feet square. [Montreal Gazette]

p.2 a full column description of Bath and Amherst Island: -


It was ten o'clock on Thursday night when the steam-boat Kingston called at Bath on her way to Kingston. The day had been rainy, the night was dark, but as the weather was mild, but as the weather was mild, nothing particular in the short passage to Kingston was anticipated, and we embarked without a thought. Hardly had the boat left the wharf, ere the lightning began to flash in a most terrific manner, and indications manifested themselves of an approaching thunderstorm. The boat was heavily laden; on deck were about 500 barrels of flour, besides potash and the luggage of 70 passengers. So loaded was the vessel, that with difficulty she could be steered. Still as the wind was not high, no danger was apprehended, and no thought was expressed of putting back. On nearing the islands called the 'Brothers,' the wind and rain increased tremendously; the night became pitch dark; - dark did we say? Georgeously light as the sun at noon day, we should have said; for the lightning was so continual and so vivid, as to illuminate the horizon in an unprecendented splendid, though awful manner. At this time it was considered prudent not to risk passing the Lower Gap in the dangerous state of the weather, and preparations were made for anchoring under the lee of one of the islands to wait for day light. Here another difficulty arose. Owing to the wind being from every point of the compass in the space of five minutes, it was puzzling to know where the lee of the island was; to return to Bath was not thought safe; so Capt. Calder, having perfect confidence in the sea-worthiness of the gallant boat, and the nautical skill of his pilot, boldly resolved to push forward for Kingston, and avoid the danger by facing it. This as it happened was the best policy; for after buffeting the storm for another hour and a half, the steamboat made Phillip's Wharf, and relieved the passengers of their terrors and anxiety. May we never live to write another steam-boat puff, if we would that night have exchanged places with the meanest cabin boy on board a sailing craft in the toughest gale on the Irish coast. If there was not danger, we for one can safely testify there was abundance of fear. Those who have witnessed thunderstorms only in Europe, will have something to astonish them when they reach Canada. Reader, if you are not tired, we are.

The port of Kingston presented an unusual appearance on Sunday and Monday, more than 30 schooners having anchored in the harbor, wind bound.



May 31st - The steamer Bytown, with barge Mary in tow, with 100 passengers, and goods consigned as advertised.


May 30th - The steamer Rideau, with barge Clara Fisher in tow, with flour and potash.(with consignees)

The Rideau will call for the barge Trader, with potash and staves, at Oliver's Ferry.

The schooner Wellington delivered a cargo of flour for shipment per canal to Montreal on Saturday; also the schooner John Adine. Consignees, Forsyth, Walker & Co., Quebec., J. Crooks, Montreal. The St. George is expected this evening, with 1000 bls. flour for shipment per canal to Montreal.

The Margaret is expected some time tonight with the 2nd division of the 24th Regt. on board the barges Jane & Emigrant.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1835