The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1844

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p.2 Outrages on the Cornwall Canal - Irish factions at it again. [Montreal Transcript, Nov. 9th]

Welland Canal - construction proceeding, will be able to pass vessels 124 feet x 26 feet.

[St. Catherines Journal]

Glassorton, near Dunnville, C.W.

1st Nov., 1844.

Sir: - It must ever be a source of pleasure to generous minds, to acknowledge with gratitude the kind services rendered us, in times of difficulty and peril; still more when, by such acknowledgements, we can publicly do honor to the liberal and generous spirit of those to whose efforts we are so indebted.

We therefore feel ourselves bound to request your insertion of the following circumstances in the columns of your valuable journal, that, through its means, our fellow countrymen may form an estimate of the friendship and timely aid, in times of distress and danger, which a British vessel may expect at the hands of the United States Navy, and of the noble spirit which animates those brave men.

During the fury of the late storm, the schooner Georgina was forced from her moorings near Erie, Pennsylvania, and driven upon a bank against the breakwater at that place; in such a position, that had it came on again to blow, before she were gotten off, she must have become a total wreck.

In this state she remained from the 13th till the 24th; and notwithstanding every exertion made by her crew to get her off, with such means as their own resources and those of the place where they were afforded, their efforts proved wholly fruitless; and she must have remained in her very perilous position but for the timely assistance of the Officers and Men of the U.S. revenue schooner Erie, Captain Knapp, U.S.N., who had been cruising about the coast since the storm, to afford aid to helpless and distressed vessels. Hearing that several vessels were ashore at Erie, they immediately repaired to that place, where they arrived on Thursday the 24th; and though five other vessels lay ashore on or near the breakwater - some of them belonging to Americans - she, unsought and unasked, seeing the perilous and helpless condition of the Georgina, a British vessel, immediately sent her boat with an officer and large party of men on board, to volunteer their aid, and for two days and great part of two nights these noble fellows laboured with untiring zeal, till by their exertions, and assistance of their blocks and tackle, they accomplished their generous work, and succeeded in restoring her to her element on the 25th, only about half an hour after her owner reached Erie, having gone thither in search of her.

To the commander of the United States schooner Erie, Capt. Knapp, Lieutenant Berriman and Benson, and to the fine fellows under their command - to whom, under Providence, we are indebted for the release of our vessel from her dangerous position - we desire thus publicly to offer our most grateful thanks; and though where all acquitted themselves so well, it were almost invidious to particularize any, we cannot resist especially acknowledging our obligations for the great and valuable assistance rendered by Lieutenant Berriman, who not only by his presence continually urged and animated the men to their arduous labors, but also by much personal exertion, materially aided in the generous work.

We feel confident, Sir, that you will take pleasure as we do ourselves, in hearing this slight but sincere tribute of praise to the honorable and friendly feeling thus manifested by our brave friends towards a British vessel in distress.

Your obedient humble servants,

Frederick Hyde,

Augustus Jukes,

Owners of the schooner Georgina.

To the Editor of the St. Catharines Journal.

(*Note - the Kingston News version of Nov. 21st is credited to the Toronto Patriot)

p.3 ad for str. Bytown. Nov. 12th, 1844.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1844