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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1835

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p.1 Disasters on Lake Ontario - We regret to have to add additional details to what appeared in our last, of the melancholy effects of the gale of Wednesday. The schooner Robert Bruce, belonging to Kingston, was totally lost, and her crew, consisting of three men, named Chanley, Johnston and Cook, with a passenger of the name of Everitt, have all perished. The schooner Medora was driven on shore near Sandy Creek; all on board drowned; about a mile to the south of the above wreck, is the remains of another schooner, but in so disfigured a state, that her name could not be ascertained - all hands lost. Both of these last mentioned vessels were supposed to be from Lake Erie, they having been laden with Wheat and Walnuts. The schooner New York is ashore in Chaumont Bay, crew saved, expected to be got off. Another schooner is ashore on Point Peninsula, a total wreck. We have not heard her name - crew saved. The Birmingham, late the United Kingdom Steam Boat, was driven from her moorings at Oswego, and struck on the shoals. She was only partly laden at the time, having on board 100 barrels of Salt, and about 15 tons of merchandise. [Chronicle]

The Winter Steam Boat - The beautiful new British steamer, the Traveller, arrived in our harbour on the morning of the 9th. She is owned by the Hon. John Hamilton, of Queenston, to whose enterprise the navigation of Lake Ontario is so much indebted, and is at present under the charge of Capt. Whitney, the popular commander of the Great Britain. She is built on the model, we are informed, of the British steamers which navigate the Irish and English channels and the German Ocean. She has a flush deck - boilers below, and is schooner rigged - having all the appearance of a most gallant vessel. That she is a fine sea boat, we could judge for ourselves, for she left the port in a high sea and a gale of wind.

The Traveller, during the winter months, is intended to navigate the head of the Lake, making the circuit of Niagara, Hamilton, (or Burlington Bay,) and Toronto. It is thought there is not a great deal of weather in the winter which will arrest her trips. That she will keep the Lake till Christmas and commence with March is certain - and her owner expects will perform frequent trips in the dead of winter. She will be a great addition to the travelling facilities on Lake Ontario, and furnish the means of avoiding a disagreeable land circuit round the head of the Lake while the other boats are withdrawn. The enterprise is highly honorable, and we wish it every success. [Oswego Palladium]

Melancholy Accident - It is with the deepest regret that we announce the death of Capt. John Sutherland, of the Princess Victoria, who was drowned last Saturday evening at the entrance of Brockville harbour - we are informed that the vessel was in stays off the point of hospital Island, and that he was in the act of bearing the main boom over to let the head sails fill, when he fell overboard from the side railing, and sank before the boat which was towing on the quarter could be hauled up and taken to his assistance. The truly estimable qualities of Capt. Sutherland had gained the esteem of all who knew him; a proof of which was afforded by the Masters of the vessels in Port and several of his personal friends, leaving this place the same night that the fatal intelligence arrived, to assist in searching for the body of the deceased - we have not yet heard that their efforts have been successful. [Prescott Vanguard]

The navigation of the Rideau Canal is over for the present season. The steamboat Bytown has failed in attempting to reach Bytown on her last trip, owing to the water having been let out of the level between Kingston Mills and Brewer's Mills.

Wm. Brady, the lockmaster at Brewer's Mills, and two others drown at Brewer's Mills, 2 others saved.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1835