The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1835

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(only pages 1 & 2 on microfilm; p.3 and 4 in originals at Queen's - Special Collections)

p.1 Correspondence of the Commercial Advertiser - a second letter, describing section of trip from Mackinaw to Chicago. (over a full column)

p.3 Melancholy Shipwrecks - A sad accident happened to the Schooner Margaret, of Hamilton, whereby three unfortunate fellow creatures met with a watery grave. As we had the particulars from the Captain's mouth, (Mr. McArthur,) we shall relate them in his own language.

"On Thursday night last, August 20th, about ten o'clock, while bound down the lake from Hamilton to Prescott, with a fresh breeze from the west, and being then to windward of the False Ducks, a sudden white squall from the southward struck the schooner on her side, and instantly capsized her. All hands, five in number, including myself, made for the stern to cut away the boat, which was done, but in the confusion the boat's painter was let go. In consequence of the schooner's capsizing, the boat filled and almost capsized, and we all got upon the bottom and drifted a short distance from the vessel. Observing the schooner did not go down, I recollected, that as she was slightly laden, having only 24 barrels of potash in her hold, she would be safer to cling to than the boat, as the sea was then making. I therefore called out for all hands to follow me, and made for the schooner, which I speedily reached, and lashed myself to the main channels. One man only, (John Griffiths,) succeeded in gaining the vessel, who secured himself in the like manner. What became of the others I do not know; - I kept my eye upon the boat for full half an hour afterwards, but did not see any one about her. The sea soon began to run high, and it was with great difficulty we made good our hold. About two o'clock in the morning, a steam-boat passed us going down, at some distance; we tried to make them hear, but without success. About five o'clock, the schooner Comet, of Oakville, also passed near to us. We were more successful this time, and we were rescued from our perilous situation by her crew, and treated with great kindness. My companion, being an aged man, was much exhausted, but as for myself, I was not greatly injured. The Comet landed us at Kingston the same morning. The names of the three seamen who were drowned, are William Cullen, the mate, Samuel Sampson, the cook, and John McKenzie, a seaman. Neither vessel nor cargo was insured."

On Saturday, the Steamer Queenston went in search of the schooner, but in consequence of the weather, did not get farther than South Bay, where she anchored. On Sunday morning she proceeded again, and fell in with the wreck nearabouts where the accident happened, and towed her into this harbor yesterday. This day she was placed between two vessels, lying windbound, and once again raised, and the water pumped out. The schooner does not appear much injured.

On the same night that the above accident happened, the schooner Napolean of Sacketts, was capsized off Stony Point, and being loaded with stone sunk. The crew took to the boat and were picked up by the Oswego, steamboat. At least report says so, for the particulars have not been accurately stated to us.

The Vice President of the United States, the Hon. Martin Van Buren, made a flying visit to this town, on Thursday last, in the steamboat United States.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1835