The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1850

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p.2 The Niagara on Fire - On Saturday, about 11 o'clock, a fire originated on board the Niagara steamer, shortly after leaving Rochester. When about twenty miles on this side of Rochester, and a mile and a half from shore, the engineer discovered smoke coming into his room, seeming to issue from an immense quantity of brooms and cotton bales, which were piled up between decks. By the exertion of the men these were removed, but the fire was not there. They, however, commenced chopping away the casing of the boiler, and the flames came out so powerfully that they were obliged to run back. One of the passengers recommended the captain to run the vessel ashore, which he immediately commenced to do and got into about nine feet of water. Passengers and men were, however, exerting themselves to get the fire under, and with a very excellent fire-engine belonging to the vessel they mounted the hurricane deck, where, with a constant supply of water from the engine tank, they succeeded in subduing the flames, which for the time seemed rather alarming. The captain again started off keeping close along shore for two or three hours until perfectly satisfied that the fire was quenched. The whole of the wood-work which encloses the boiler was charred about an inch deep. The steamer arrived at the wharf on Saturday evening about half-past eight o'clock, being nearly four hours beyond her usual time - but part of this delay was caused by a strong head wind, which while it acted as an opposing force, tended very much to fan the flame, which had well nigh gained mastery. [Globe]

By the arrival of the U.S. Revenue Cutter, Gay Moore, Esq. Commander, from a cruise off Cape Vincent the 28th inst., we learn that the Cutter boarded the Schr. O.W. Braynard from Oswego the Capt. of which reported the loss of a Schooner, supposed to be the Neptune of Sackett' s Harbor, which was capsized and sank in the gale of that day between this port and the Ducks. All hands supposed to be lost, as no boat was discovered to leave the wreck from the mast head of the Braynard. [Oswego Times]

A day or two since, we noticed the arrival at this port, of the schooner Shickeluna, Capt. Kehoe, from Halifax. As some few particulars of her trip may be interesting to our readers, we will give what we have been able to gather. The Shickeluna was built for the lake trade, 202 tons burthen, by measurement, 8 feet draught of water, but with a slip keel, draws 32 feet. On her outward trip she carried 2200 brls. flour, and arrived at Halifax in twenty-one days after sailing from St. Catherines. The market was tolerably well supplied when she arrived at her destination, but nevertheless, a sale of the cargo was effected immediately. On her return she loaded with fish, molasses and sugar, and arrived here in twenty-five days sailing from Halifax. Part of her cargo she unloaded at Quebec, and replaced it with goods for the Upper Canada trade, at Montreal; the remaining part of the sugar and molasses she sold immediately on arrival, on advantageous terms. [Daily Patriot]

News - A safe channel for vessels drawing eight feet of water has been found in the river St. Lawrence, between Prescott and Montreal, and it is thought that with an expense of some £20,000 the few obstructions could be removed and make it navigable for vessels drawing ten feet. [Oswego Times]

Kingston Imports.

Oct. 1st - Schr. Prince of Wellington, Picton, 743 bushels rye, Browne & Harty.

Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Barge Bruce, Quebec, 685 boxes railway iron, Macpherson & Crane; 1840 boxes, 263 bundles, 81 sheets, 30 sash molds, and 6 blocks (iron), John Fraser.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Oct. 2nd - Str. Northerner, Clayton, passengers and baggage.

Str. Caledonia, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Schr. E. Goler, Sandy Creek, in ballast, W. McLean.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, fruit and gen. cargo.


Oct. 1st - Str. Bay State, Oswego, one lot crockery, for owners.

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Oct. 2nd - Str. Northerner, Lewiston, pass. and baggage.

Schr. E. Goler, Sandy Creek, in ballast, W. McLean.

Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, pass. and baggage.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1850