The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1851

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p.2 A Telegraph despatch received at this office states: Captain Gaskin's new Schooner, the Briton, arrived at Halifax on Friday last, eight days from Quebec. She left Halifax on Sunday for Kingston.


5th - Str. Ontario, Montreal, mixed cargo.

Barge F.....?, Montreal, 1085 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Schr. Prince of Wales, Entrim, 9280 pipe staves.

Barge Cantin, Montreal, 1166 bars railroad iron, H. & S. Jones.

Str. Niagara, Oswego, mixed cargo.

Scow Oddfellow, Cape Vincent, in ballast.

Disasters on Lake Ontario - Several vessels encountered a very violent storm on the Lake on Friday last, which was attended with serious loss of life and property. The schooner Christina, of Sarnia, was thrown on her beam ends and waterlogged, near Wellington, below Presque Isle, and the whole of the crew and passengers found a watery grave. The Christina was the property of Mr. H. Cross, of Port Sarnia, and was commanded by Capt. Lang. Mr. Cross was on board at the time of the disaster. The vessel was seen opposite Wellington on Monday, when boats were manned and put off to the wreck. They found only the corpse of the Captain lashed to the mast, the owner and crew had met a watery grave. After cutting away the spars, the vessel righted. It is supposed the whole cargo will be saved. The cargo belonged to the Hon. Malcolm Cameron. Mr. Cross, the owner of the vessel, was an enterprising and deserving man. Capt. Lang was a sober, active and intelligent man, and leaves two sisters in Hamilton, and one at Port Dalhousie, and an aged and widowed mother at Port Sarnia. The American schooner Kentuckian was also lost near Presque Isle, with all hands. The brig Omar, from Kingston, and Schrs. Everett and Courtland, from Oswego, went ashore west of the pier at Cleveland, on Sunday morning. They will be got off without much loss. The iron steamer Magnet, Captain Sutherland, weathered the storm nobly, having run from Kingston to Toronto in 18 1/2 hours, without the slightest accident. [Globe, Oct. 4th]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1851