The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1845

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During the gale last week, we are sorry to hear that there have been serious losses on Lake Ontario. The schooner Thistle, Captain Burns, with a full cargo of merchandise, from Kingston to this port, was seen during the gale in a very critical position, and the owners, Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, have no doubt but she has gone down, with all hands. Capt. Burns was an old resident of the Country, and well and favorably known while commander of the steamboat Union on this lake.

The schooner Kent, owned by the Messrs. Browne of Hamilton, is on shore, and it is feared will prove a total wreck, at the Thirty Mile Creek. The steamer Admiral, Capt. Gordon, went to her assistance from Niagara on Wednesday, and only succeeded in saving three kegs of powder and a cask of merchandise. We have not heard of any lives being lost.

The schooner Nelson, Capt. Ross, from Kingston, with a cargo of merchandise, took shelter during the gale, in Windsor Harbor, with the loss of sails, where she remains frozen up.

The schooner A. Smith, Capt. Wilson, from Kingston, was obliged to throw a deck load of crockery overboard, which we understand belonged to Messrs. Norris of this city.

All the vessels that have arrived in port yesterday, from below, report the gale as the most severe they have experienced for many years, and each of them has suffered more or less damage.

Reports are rife of several vessels being on shore, on the opposite side of the Lake, but we have been unable to learn particulars. [Toronto Colonist, Nov. 9th] (Kingston News says Colonist, Dec. 5th)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1845