The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 11, 1845

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p.2 Yesterday it blew a heavy gale from the north-west, and there being immense masses of ice descending from Lake Erie, the mouth of the Niagara became completely jammed up, and we regret to add that very serious damage has ensued. The wharf of the Dock Company is completely wreckled - many of the heavy piles supporting it were thrown down, and a portion of it is lifted several feet above the level. Great fears were at one time entertained that most of the Company's valuable works would be carried away, and the steamers in dock, namely, the City of Toronto, Transit, and Queen, with several smaller craft, were considered in great jeopardy. Happily the damage thus far sustained on the Company's property is confined to that above mentioned. The mill at Youngstown and a store house near it have, as can be seen from this side of the river, sustained considerable damage, and we learn that the wharves and store houses at both Queenston and Lewiston have all been swept away.

The water, last night, rose four or five feet above the usual level, and Mr. Fraser, who lives on the wharf, removed his family and furniture to a place of safety, and all the Goods were taken from the Company's warehouse without damage.This morning the water has fallen to about its usual level.

So compact is the ice, that persons have crossed from hence to Youngstown upon it, and last night a bonfire was lighted twenty feet above the surface of the water, and on the very spot where the Chief Justice Robinson was moored the previous day.

The Chief Justice came over yesterday but was unable to enter the harbor, and anchored off the Fort. The violence of the gale, however, soon drove her off, and she returned to Toronto without landing either passengers or mails. [Niagara Chronicle, April 2nd]

The Passage To Lewiston - We learn that Captain Richardson, of the Chief Justice Robinson, succeeded in landing passengers on the American side, near Fort Niagara on Sunday; and that there is every probability that the ice, which grounded to the depth of seven fathoms at the mouth of the river, will soon be carried off, leaving an unobstructed passage. No damage, we understand, have been sustained by the steamers City of Toronto, Transit, or Queen Victoria. The Dock Company's wharf is much injured by the immense pressure of ice. [Toronto Colonist]

The Canada - We are rejoiced to say that the steamer Canada, Capt. Lawless, has returned to Kingston harbor, safe and sound.

p.3 The weather is unusually cold for the season. The Steamer Prince Edward has performed her second trip, and the Prince of Wales arrived here on Monday evening from Kingston, and returned from Belleville last evening, proceeding to Kingston this morning on her regular trips.

[Picton Sun, April 9th]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 11, 1845