The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1835

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p.2 meeting at Peterborough of those interested in opening navigation on Rivers Trent and Otonabee, and copy of petition. (full column)

p.3 A Ride Through Prince Edward - Part 3 - mentions Stone Mills, ferry still kept by Mr. McGuire. (full column)

Several schooners and their crews are reported to have been lost in the late tremendous gale of Wednesday last. So many rumors are current, that in the absence of authentic intelligence, it is deemed best not to mention rumored particulars.

Disasters On Lake Ontario - On Tuesday morning the steam boat Cobourg left Toronto on her trip downward; the weather being then quite moderate she reached Cobourg on the evening of the same day; the weather still continuing the same, she left Cobourg at ten o'clock, but had hardly gone ten miles when a heavy gale from the north-east began to blow, and continued to increase until 3 o'clock the next morning. The wind then suddenly chopped round and blew a perfect hurricane from the north west. At four o'clock saw a schooner on her beam ends, about half a mile from the Ducks, floating, it was supposed, in fifteen fathoms water. Two men were seen clinging to the wreck; one of the sufferers had a stick in his hand, at the top of which was attached a handkerchief, which he waved as a signal of distress. The state of the weather, however, was such, that the Cobourg could render no assistance. The sea at this time was washing over the decks of the Cobourg in every direction, and breaking into the cabin through the deck windows. Captain Paynter was therefore reluctantly obliged to leave the unfortunates to their fate. The schooner, from the appearance of the hull, was supposed to be the Ontario, belonging to Oswego. A short time afterwards saw another schooner about two miles from the Ducks, also afloat on her beam ends, but no appearance of any living creature was seen about her; it was supposed all had perished. The Cobourg, for five hours, suffered the extremity of the gale, during that time her bows were almost constantly buried in the mountainous sea which foamed around her, and she shipped at intervals some heavy seas. On arriving opposite to Kingston, where she had to land 3 cabin and 15 deck passengers, such was the violence of the storm, that she could not possibly approach the port; she therefore had to carry them down with her to Prescott, and land them at Kingston on her return. [Chronicle]



Nov. 14 - The steamer Rideau, Bowen, with barge Trader in tow (consignees listed.)

Nov. 17 - The steamer Bytown & Margaret with barges Iroquois & Emigrant in tow. (consignees listed)


Nov. 18 - The steamer Bytown, on her last trip to Bytown.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1835