The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 15, 1847

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p.2 Canada Steam Navigation Co. - a committee has met to form a Joint Stock Co. with capital of £200,000. [Toronto Examiner, Jan. 13th]

letter to Editor about need for canal between Bay of Quinte and Presqu'ile Harbour - for protection during storms and war.



Grafton Steam Mill,

Grafton Harbour, Saturday, Jan. 9th.

A most singular phenomenon occurred at this place yesterday afternoon about 3 o'clock, which may be thought worth a place in your paper. The Lake was calm, and the wind in the North, when suddenly the Lake receded from the shore in one immense wave, upwards of 350 feet, leaving the beach perfectly dry for that distance; it seemed to gather itself into a vast cone, and immediately returned in one unbroken wave four feet higher than it usually is, burying the wharf completely, and overflowing its usual boundaries upwards of a hundred yards, sweeping everything before it, accompanied by a dreadful noise. This happened eight or nine different times, gradually decreasing in violence until the Lake resumed its usual appearance. You know the position of the wharf yourself, and you would hardly credit the fact, that at the end of the wharf, where there is generally 12 feet 6 inches of water, admitting the largest steamboat, there was only 2 feet of water left; and on its return the water stood a foot deep in the engine house, which is over 200 yards from the beach. Do you suppose this singular phenomenon was general, or do you suppose it might possibly be connected with some volcanic action working its way to the surface at this particular place? The only sufferer here was Mr. Davis, whose boat lay as he supposed, high and dry along side the harbour Company's scow, which latter was lifted bodily, and went smash on top of the boat. [Coburg Star]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 15, 1847