The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1835

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p.3 Destructive Gales at the West - on Seneca Lake the steamer Geneva lost her tow of boats, and three sank, and one or two went ashore. [Geneva Courier]

Unprecedented Storm - ....The following are the particulars, as far as we have been able to gather them:

As to the amount of damage done to the shipping, it is difficult, in the confusion of the moment, to ascertain. The schooner Tecumseh is on the point of the pier, and will probably be lost. Two vessels, names unknown, are ashore in the bay, south of the light house. Several vessels came in during the height of the gale, sails and spars much injured, and by running foul of other craft in the harbor, have been seriously damaged. The steam boat United States came in during the gale, and was run into by the Com. Perry, both of which were much damaged by the concussion. Several steam boats, the Sandusky, Ohio, Chas. Townsend, Henry Clay, and Sheldon Thompson are aground, and must have sustained more or less injury. The schooner Florida, of Oswego, lies high and dry, about 200 feet upon the beach, near the ship canal. The Benj. Rush was upon one of the docks....

...Schooner Eclipse lost one mast, and schooner Canadian lost both. The steam boat W.F.P. Taylor received considerable injury, by being run into by the schooner Helen.... [Buffalo Comm. Advert., 12th]

Lake Disasters - Since the gale on Thursday last, we have heard of six vessels, on Lake Ontario, having been either driven ashore or lost. We have learnt the name of but one, the Robert Bruce, Capt. Carter, which left the Bay of Quinte, on that day, with the intention of going to Presque Isle, for the purpose of finishing her loading of barley, for Mr. Elias Everett, of Brownville. Whether this vessel reached Presque Isle we have not learnt, but she has been driven ashore at Stoney Point, filled with water. It is understood she had five passengers on board, together with three hands, who have not been heard of since. The Cabin of this vessel has been searched, and the overcoat of Mr. Everett, containing his money, and his boots were found; from this discovery there is not much doubt but that he has been one of the unfortunate sufferers who have fallen victims to the merciless gale. [North American]

A Welland Canal Job - a list of expenses paid to Merritt, President of the Welland Canal Company.

The Villages on the Rideau Canal. (almost 2 full columns)

p.3 A storm, more severe if possible than that of last Wednesday week, was experienced in this vicinity on Friday night last. Much and serious damage has been caused, although authenticated particulars have not yet reached us. The steamboat Brockville was forced from her moorings at Bath, and driven into the Bay. She anchored and rode out the gale in safety, with the loss only of her smoke funnels. The passengers have published a card of thanks to the officers in command.

After a slight detention, the steamer Bytown proceeded on her trip to Bytown, whence she is expected to return before the navigation of the Rideau Canal finally closes for the season. Addendum - She is come back.

The latest Government Gazette contains a new table of tolls for the Rideau Canal, which in the chapter we intend to write on the "Trade and Prospects of the Canal," shall be given entire.

Winter appears to be set in in earnest. On Sunday it froze all day, and on Monday we had a heavy fall of snow, and today we are sleighing. The steamboats Kingston, Sir James Kempt and America are yet performing their customary trips.

Nov. 27, 1835

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1835