The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 9, 1851

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p.2 Schooner Burnt - An occurrence took place on either Tuesday or Wednesday last, of a very singular kind - for Canadian waters; nothing less than the loss of a schooner afloat on Lake Ontario by fire. It appears that the Schooner Bruinard, of Sackett's Harbor, had a day or two previous to the fire, shipped a freight of about two thousand bushels of peas at Wellington, and on her way to Sackett's Harbor, by some means the stove in the cabin overset, while all hands were engaged on deck, setting fire to the cabin, and unfortunately enough the fire had spread so far as to prevent its being extinguished, and the almost total (perhaps total ) loss of the vessel was the consequence. On the fire being discovered the vessel bore away for land, and grounded on Gull Bar, - (a bar putting out in the neighborhood of the False Ducks and Timber Islands,) where she burned to the water's edge. No part of the rigging or freight of the vessel was saved, we believe and as her bottom now lies out in the lake where by the first storm it may be driven from its present position, the chances are that there will be a total loss of vessels. We understand that the vessel as well as the freight belonged to the Captain. [Picton Sun]

Despatch - The Brig W.D. Eberts, George Stringer Master, of Chatham, left Amherstburg on 3rd April, with a cargo of 26,600 pipe staves for Kingston, discharged her cargo and returned to this port on the 24th April. She drew 9 feet water passing through the Welland Canal.

From Buffalo papers we learn that the recent gale was very severe on Lake Erie, and that several vessels, including some Canadian schooners, were driven ashore at different points.


8th - Schr. Jessie Woods, Bear Creek, 11,123 staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Alert, Oswego, mixed cargo.

Str. Highlander, Montreal, mixed cargo.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, mixed cargo.

9th - Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.


8th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, 6 cows.

9th - Str. Northerner, Lewiston, passengers and baggage.

ads for steamers Prince of Wales, Magnet, New Era, Ontario and Cataract. May 9th.

Prince Albert, Capt. M'Neil - Will leave the St. Lawrence Wharf This Day at 3 o'clock P.M. for Bytown. Wharfage Free. Kingston, May 9th, 1851.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 9, 1851