The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 15, 1848

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The Subscribers offer for sale, the following Forwarding Stock, viz: Steamboats ERIE, LORD STANLEY, and SWALLOW, together with SIX First Class BARGES, built in 1846, and Three of smaller size, carrying 1200 & 1300 Barrels each.

Should the stock not be sold by the 1st February next by private arrangement, it will be offered at Public Sale, of which due notice will be given.

For any information, apply to J.A. WALKER & Co., Kingston, or here to


Montreal, 4th January, 1848.

Melancholy Accident - On Wednesday evening last, the schooner Industry, when trying to make Port Credit, and about one mile out, was suddenly struck by a squall and upset. She was seen from the port when she went over, and in ten minutes a boat belonging to the schooner Credit Chief was launched and manned by five stout-hearted seamen, viz: Captain John Shaw, of the schooner Hectorine; Capt. James Wood, schooner Credit Chief; James Murray, mate do; Stephen Whitney and William Long, but before they reached the wreck, two of the hands were drowned. They found Captain James Wilcox, the only survivor hanging on the best way he could, and brought him safe to shore. The wind had been blowing heavy all the afternoon from the N. West, and from the time of the accident until long after night it increased to a regular gale, and freezing hard. The Industry had drifted about four miles out when the boat reached her, and from the state of the weather great anxiety was felt for the humane crew; they were seen returning until dark, and it was about nine o'clock when a messenger arrived at the port, with the news of their landing at George Goldthrop's, five and a half miles towards Toronto, it being impossible to make Port Credit, although fires were made on the beach for their guide.

Captain Wilcox must have perished in a very short time, when taken off he was scarcely able to speak and seemed quite out of his mind. He says one of the men, Samuel Mussa, was lost at once when the vessel upset, and the other, William Kinney, hung on for some time and asked him for help, but the only thing he had was the comforter about his neck which broke when Kinney was nearly out of the water - he then went down and was never seen after. Both were unmarried.

Those who went out in the boat have suffered more or less from the cold, most of them have their fingers frozen; all say they did not expect to reach the shore. Their conduct is certainly highly commendable and should be imitated in similar cases. [Streetsville Review]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 15, 1848