The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 29, 1842

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p.2 Tremendous Gale on Lake Erie - schooner Jefferson one of 11 wrecked on Lake Erie. (a full column) [N.Y. Herald and Buffalo Advert. Nov. 19th]

Law Report - Ham vs. Macpherson & Crane - result of fire at Kingston in 1840. [Cobourg Star]

The stormy weather which prevailed last week, has interfered with the regularity of the Lake steamers. On Friday night, it blew quite a hurricane, which continued during Saturday. Two schooners, the Sir. F.B. Head and the John Simpson, struck on the bar, at the mouth of the harbour here, where they still remain considerably damaged, and their cargoes, of course, also damaged. It is impossible yet to say, to what extent these vessels and cargoes may have been injured. The Sir Francis, we understand, is laden with flour, belonging to Mr. W. Gamble, and the John Simpson, with ashes and flour, belonging to Mr. Simpson, Darlington. No insurance on either. Fears were entertained for the safety of the crews, during the raging of the storm on Saturday, when Captain Richardson, with a few others, humanely volunteered to go to their assistance, with a life boat. The crews, however, remained on their vessels. Private accounts from Kingston mention, that a number of small craft have been washed on shore, and much damaged. It is probable that we shall yet hear of some disasters on the Lakes, during the storm. [Toronto Colonist, Nov. 23rd]

p.3 Opening of the St. Lawrence Canal - This forenoon the Inhabitants of Kingston were greatly surprised by the arrival from Cornwall of the beautiful and capacious steamboat Highlander, Capt. Stearns. This steamboat was the first vessel which passed through the St. Lawrence Canal, which achievement she performed on Friday last. Although one of the largest steamboats afloat, the Highlander met with no difficulty in passing through the Canal or Locks. She left the mouth of the Canal yesterday, and ascended the Rapids between that and Prescott, with the greatest ease.

When the City Authorities heard of the Highlander's arrival, the Vice Mayor and Corporation went on board in a body and congratulated Capt. Stearns on the event. The authorities then invited the Captain of the Boat, Capt. Whipple, the Managing Proprietor, and such of the Forwarding Merchants as were present, to the British American Hotel, where Lunch was prepared, during the discussion of which a vast many complimentary toasts were drunk, and several good speeches made. The Highlander will depart on her return home the day after tomorrow.

New Scale of Tolls on Ordnance Canals [Canada Gazette]

The Princess Royal - testimonial to Capt. Colcleugh for bringing steamer safely through a storm with broken shaft and on a lee shore, signed by 11 passengers.

Notice - the Highlander will leave for Cornwall on Thursday morning.

The Weather - Rideau frozen up, Albion sunk at Smiths Falls and 7 barges are frozen in; only H. Gildersleeve is running on lake.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 29, 1842