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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 1, 1835

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p.2 A Hurricane - Yesterday, at 6 o'clock P.M., as several of the Steam Boats were entering the Harbor, a violent hurricane suddenly arose, which was nigh doing serious injury to them and some of the craft in the Bay; the Transit was driven ashore after having cleared the buoy at the mouth of the Harbour; she has not been yet got off, and it is feared that the accident will much impair that excellent and very commodious Boat. It is to be regretted that one man, a stranger, lost his life, by being swept off the plank by the breeze, while on passing from the Britannia, on which he was a passenger, to the wharf - his body was found this morning, a Coroner's inquest was held on it, and a verdict returned of - accidental drowning.

The Transit is just now being towed in to the Wharf by another Steam Boat. [Toronto Courier]

9 shares of Ottawa & Rideau Company stock sold for £24 each. [Mont. Herald]

Disasters on Lake Ontario - We are sorry still to have to add fresh instances of the unparalled fury of the gale of the 11th. The schooner Willis was lost on the shoals above Gravelly Bay and all hands perished - another schooner, name unknown, struck on the same shoal and went to pieces, and her entire crew consigned to a watery grave. The shoals are strewed with pieces of the wrecks and 13 hats have been picked up on the beach. The insurance office at Oswego estimate that 13 schooners have been totally lost during that gale on the Lakes Ontario and Erie - that 150 lives have been lost in consequence.

The schooner George Canning, Capt. Smith, belonging to Chippewa, on her voyage upwards sprung both her masts at the Devil's Nose, and had to return to Kingston for repairs, and will be there laid up for the winter. [Chronicle]

p.3 Marine Rail Way - Kingston is on the rise. A number of circumstances lead us so to conclude. The opening of new commercial establishments and the high price of every merchantable commodity are sure indications of prosperity; - added to which, the cry of "hard times" is now-a-day scarcely heard. Another diagnosis is the projection of a Marine Rail Way, on Mississauga Point, the stock of which amounting to £2000, is almost all taken. Nature has thrown many facilities in the way of making a Rail Way at the spot chosen. - Very little excavation is needed, and when the piers on which the vessels are to be hauled out are erected, an excellent dock will be formed by them and the shore. Our town is indebted to Henry Gildersleeve, Esq. for the project, and for the pains taken to get the stock taken up. The stock book at present is in the hands of G.W. Yarker, Esq. to whom applications for stock are to be made. The Rail Way will be commenced early in the Spring.

The diagonal built barge Quebec, of Quebec, sailed, owned and skippered by Mr. James George, arrived in this harbor last evening, from off the rocks at Ferris' Point, where, we believe, she has been aground since Saturday last. We have not seen this far-famed boat, and what is more, we do not intend to visit her. In common with most other people, we have become disgusted with the fulsome and stupid adulation she has received from the press in this province, and consequently suspect her to be a humbug. Probably this prejudice excited against her by injudicious puffing, may be unjustly created, but in that case, those are most to blame, who have been instrumental in raising her merits beyond what they can possibly deserve.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 1, 1835