The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Dec. 5, 1839

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p.3 The Weather - On Monday it blew a heavy gale of wind from the westward, but towards night the wind shifted to the Northward, and a severe frost ensued; so severe as to close entirely the Rideau Canal, without a chance of its reopening. Three of the Company's steamboats are shut up somewhere in it. The Hunter probably at Bytown, the Mohawk near Kemptville, and the Bytown near the Narrows, on her road to help them up. The lake steamers have not yet ceased running; the St. George left on Wednesday night, and the Commodore Barrie will leave on Saturday night with such of the Members of Parliament who may be in town. The Bay of Quinte steamers are also running, but evidently on their last legs. Yesterday the weather became more moderate, but winter has certainly set in. [Whig Nov. 29th]

Casualty - We regret to learn that the Kingston steamer is on shore near the Sisters, on the south side of the St. Lawrence, about fourteen miles above Brockville. She went on shore during the heavy blow of Monday, on her return passage from Prescott to Kingston. The Brockville on Thursday attempted to pull her off, but fruitlessly. The extent of her injuries are not yet ascertained, but we fear they are great. [K. Whig] (also in British Colonist Dec. 18th)

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Dec. 5, 1839