The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 8, 1835


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SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE.

Conneaut, November 13th. - At an early hour this morning a hull of a vessel was seen off our Harbor, and with the aid of a spy glass, one person was discovered on board; but as the Lake was rough, and the wind to the northward, it was impossible to go out to the vessel. About 8 o'clock, however, when she had drifted within about 30 rods of the shore, one mile west of the Harbor, two or three individuals plunged into the Lake, and succeeded in getting on board, when a scene of horror and distress presented itself to their view. The individual before discovered, proved to be the mate, by name Henry Waghorn. He was unable to help himself much, and seemed indifferent about getting on shore, and by his side, lashed to the windlass, were the lifeless bodies of two men, and in the Cabin ten more of men, women and children. The mate was put on shore, and soon after the lifeless bodies of four men, three boys, four girls and one woman, were taken on shore, and decently interred, in the burying ground attached to the Presbyterian Meeting House.

After the mate had become revived and able to converse, we learn from him the following particulars relative to the accident. The schooner is the Trader, of and from Otter Creek, Canada, loaded with lumber and bound for Cleveland, with a crew of four, including captain and mate, and ten passengers. There was a widow lady and six children, name not known, and three gentlemen, one by name of John Richardson. On Wednesday morning, when between Ashtabula and Grand River, about daylight, a squall struck the schooner which split all the sails and rendered her unmanageable; and about 11 A.M. two heavy seas struck her in quick succession, which capsized her, and carried away both her masts and bowsprit, and stove a hole in her larboard bow, at the moment she capsized, all on board were below, in about five minutes she righted again, when the mate, two of the hands and one passenger, (name not known) got upon deck, and all succeeded in lashing themselves to the windlass, except the passenger, who was swept overboard. The Captain and remainder of the passengers did not attempt to come on deck, but remainded in the Cabin, about two-thirds filled with water, until they died, which was between 10 o'clock that night and daylight the next morning. - The groans and cries for help continued until about daylight. The widow was bound for Cleveland, where she has a son residing. If the Lake should continue calm, it is probable the vessel may be got off, and towed into our Harbor. [Gazette]

Notice - Sealed Proposals wanted for widening and deepening part of canal, and for raising tow path from Dunnville to Broad Creek, for excavation of locks 20 and 27, etc. 23rd Nov., 1835

p.2 Canal Round the Falls of Niagara - gives figures on trade between Oswego and ports on Lake Erie via Welland Canal. (over 1 full column) [N.Y. American]

A Ride through Prince Edward - Part 4 - mentions Milford, Long Point, Cape Vesey, False Ducks (with lighthouse), Wellington fisheries and Bloomfield. (2 full columns)

p.3 Performance of the Steam Boat St. George During the Season 1835 - This splendid Boat has made 49 trips to and from Kingston and Prescott to Oswego and the head of the Lake, taking in and delivering 98 cargoes, - running during the season upwards of 21,000 miles, without any material accident, or having been once aground. We understand she is now chartered for two years, by a company of merchants at Prescott and Brockville.

Decay of Kingston - (part) Three years ago there were five public wharves in Kingston; Cartwright's, McGuire's, McDonell's, Kirby's, and the one now occupied by Mr. Scobell. There are now these additions - the Rideau Wharf, Counter's Wharf, Garratt's Wharf, the Town Wharf, and several smaller ones.

Three years ago the names of seven steamboats were only known in Kingston harbor - last summer nineteen different steamboats were in habits of almost daily communication with the town.


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Date of Original:
Dec. 8, 1835
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KN.4876
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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 8, 1835