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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1851

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p.2 The Passport - The steamer Passport left Kingston at 6 p.m. on Thursday, but was obliged to put back in consequence of the violence of the gale, and did not arrive at this port until late on Friday night. [Toronto Patriot]

Note - The recent severely heavy weather on Lake Ontario has well tested the sea-worthiness of the above popular steam packet. On the occasion referred to by the Patriot, the Passport left Kingston at her usual hour with the Mail on board, it blowing very great at the time. When the vessel reached the open lake the gale increased to such a degree that it was deemed prudent by the excellent Master, Capt. Twohy, to put into South Bay until the weather moderated. Next morning the steamer proceeded on her course; but the gale was so severe and the lake so rough, that being short of fuel, she was compelled to put back into Presqu'isle Harbor for a supply. This it was that detained her. No finer or more seaworthy vessel floats on Lake Ontario than the Passport; and though Upper Canada is famed for the nautical skill of its lake steamboat Captains, no steamer is better commanded.

We are requested to state that the steamer Maple Leaf will take the place of the Admiral on the Rochester route for a few trips, and will leave today, at the usual hour, calling at intermediate ports. [Patriot]


Some of our readers may, perhaps, remember that a few weeks ago a paragraph appeared in this Journal, stating that the schooner Monsoon, of Oswego, from Oswego, loaded with Railroad Iron, had sprung a leak during the night, and was seen off this Port next day with a signal of distress flying - when Captains Manson, Braund, Wright, Jno. Braund and Wm. Sparks ?, who, although it was blowing a heavy gale of wind at the time and the weather dark and threatening, at the imminent risk of their lives, those brave men volunteered to go and try to render assistance to the vessel in distress, and immediately proceeded out into the Lake in a small boat to the distance of about five miles before they could reach the schooner, which they found in a sinking state, and the crew nearly exhausted. After a few hours hard labor, working at the pumps, etc., they succeeded in bringing the Monsoon safely into Port, where she soon afterwards sank.

Note - We are happy to add, that the owners of the schooner Monsoon generously presented this intrepid boat's crew with the sum of $100.

October 25th - Collision and Loss of Life - On Wednesday night last, off Long Point, the steamer Buckeye State, bound up, and the schooner Saratoga, bound down, came in collision. The vessel was struck on her afterward quarter just aft of her main mast, which cut her nearly in two, causing her to sink almost instantly, and we regret to state, that three hands before the mast were drowned.


28th - Schr. Ellen Bronson, Stone Mills, in ballast.

Str. Bay State, Oswego, mixed cargo.

29th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Schr. Triton, Oswego, 200 bbls. salt, R. McCormick.


28th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, mixed cargo.

Buffalo, Oct. 27th - We learn from Capt. Hubbel of the propeller Princeton and Capt. Dobbing of the Propeller Troy, that the propeller Henry Clay, Capt. Callane, with a cargo of flour bound to Ogdensburg, was lost on Long Point in the gale of Thursday night, and that the crew were all lost save one man. We have no further particulars.

Capt. Keckerman, of the propeller Illinois, which arrived on Saturday night, reports having passed off Grand River, Canada, having gone ashore in the gale of Thursday night. (sic)

Extract from the log of the steamer Atlantic:

"Passed the wreck of a one wheeled propeller off Long Point, Sunday 26th, one p.m., bottom up, bottom white, but could not determine the name. No appearance of cargo along shore. Passed a considerable quantity of flour floating between Long Point and Abino.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1851