The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 25, 1844

Full Text



City of Toronto Steamer.

This fine steamer, Capt. Dick, Commander, left Toronto on Friday afternoon, and encountered all the fury of the storm. Great uneasiness was felt for her safety, although her strength for such a trial, and the skill of her Captain were well known. Many gentlemen belonging to this city were on board, and as Sunday passed without any accounts of her and of the Sovereign, which should have been in Toronto on Saturday, the anxiety was greatly increased. On Sunday evening the Land Mail arrived, but brought no account of the steamers. At length, about half-past ten, the Chief Justice came in to port. A rush of anxious inquirers were soon on board, who learnt to their inexpressible relief that all were safe, the Sovereign having taken shelter in South Bay when the storm came on, without sustaining damage. The City of Toronto encountered its utmost fury. She left Coburg at eleven in the evening, after landing her passengers. About twenty miles below that place, the wind suddenly shifted to S.S. West, blowing a perfect hurricane. The sea was running very high, with cross angry waves, as the seamen style them, and the steamer tossed in the trough of the water, and on a lee shore. Any vessel of less strength must have sunk under so severe a trial, but the City was, under Providence, fitted to encounter, and ultimately overcame it. The only damage sustained was the breaking of a blow-off pipe, connected with the machinery through which the water instantly rushed, but it was temporarily stopped by the presence of mind of the Captain, until it could be more effectually done by the carpenter. At eleven o'clock A.M. the gallant steamer was in Kingston, when all was joy and congratulation on the safety of the vessel and all on board being ascertained. Captain Dick's exertions are spoken of in high terms of approbation, and his crew promptly and readily executed every order he gave. An experienced seaman, who had been twenty-five years on the water, stated that he had never seen a storm a storm equal in fury to that of Friday evening. [Toronto Globe, Oct. 22nd]


The New Steamer


will be sold by Public Auction, on Wednesday the 6th November next, at Ives' Wharf, at one o'clock, P.M., if not previously disposed of by private Sale.

The Frontenac is neatly and substantially fitted up, and well adapted for Lake or River navigation. The Steamer may be viewed at any time at Ives' Wharf.

J. & G. IVES.

Kingston, Oct. 21st, 1844.

ad for str. Charlotte. Oct. 25th, 1844.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
Oct. 25, 1844
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Rick Neilson
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Comment on this item
Groups of Related Records
Kingston Newspaper clippings
Other Web sites/External links
British Whig, 25 October 1844 British Whig, 25 October 1844
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 25, 1844