The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1845

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p.3 The Algomah - This vessel, with a cargo of 11,000 bushels of wheat from Chicago, and 1000 bbls. flour, taken on, we believe, at Detroit, came out of the Welland Canal on Friday the 7th instant. Having been constructed for the enlarged Welland Canal, when completed, the Algomah was the largest vessel on Lake Ontario, and had to lighten through the canal, in its present unfinished state. After coming out of the canal on Friday, she was engaged in receiving by lighters, the part of her cargo she had discharged coming through. Before she had received all her cargo on board, the severe storm of Saturday and Sunday came on. She cast anchor off the mouth of the canal, and on Sunday morning, the wind having increased to a gale, Capt. Morgan discovered that his vessel was dragging her anchors, he slipped his cables, and run her ashore about half a mile above the mouth of the canal. The violence of the storm and the sea caused his vessel to beat with great force upon the shore, and she bilged and sunk, her bows in 5 and her stern in 8 feet of water.

She had on board at the time 10,018 bushels wheat and 825 barrels flour. Most of the wheat will probably be lost, the flour saved with a slight damage. It is supposed the vessel will be got off with some damage, for which measures have been taken. The vessel and cargo are nearly and perhaps quite covered with insurance, of which the North Western had $8,000, and the Howard, Etna, and Globe the residue. [Oswego Daily Advertiser]

Improvement of the Toronto Harbour - It is, we understand, the intention of Government to improve the Harbor - to make a permanent work on the north side of the Channel; the Queen's Wharf to be rebuilt of stone; a Pier on the end of the bar to form the south side of the channel, also of the same permanent material. This pier is to be connected with the bar and point of the Island by a break water, sufficiently raised above the level of the water. The channel - in which there is at present from the unusually low state of the lake, little above nine feet - is to be dredged out. The expense of this work is estimated at about 40,000 Pds.; and we are informed it is the intention of Government to bring in a bill at the approaching sessions of Parliament for the necessary amount. [Toronto Patriot]

Arrived Nov. 26th - Str. Niagara, Capt. Childs, from Oswego.

- Schr. Magnett, Captain Chapman, Direct from New York, without transhipment.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1845