The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 17, 1879

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p.3 A Heavy Blow - (part) In the tree line the most remarkable incident was the levelling of the tall elm, which has been a kind of sign post on Snake Island, and is known of by all who navigate the lake. It had stood for about a century, and its bushy top - for it had a long trunk and great heavy head, has bent and vibrated in many a breeze. Its fall alone is evidence of the violence of the gale, which blew west nor-west.

On the lake the wind blew at a terrific rate, but at a time when there were apparently few crafts in an exposed condition. The propeller Persia was the most unfortunate. One of her boats was carried away from the davits, and the wind got into the reefed sails and riddled them completely. The propellers Prussia and Armenia, and the Royal Mail steamers were none the worse of the equinoctial visit.

The barque St. Lawrence came in this morning. She reports having passed a very lively time on the lakes this morning. She nobly weathered the gale.

The schooner Grant is reported ashore on South Bay Point. She is owned by parties in Napanee.

An unknown two-master is ashore at the Ducks. She was loaded with lumber.

The Manzanilla, ashore on Amherst Island, was driven further aground by the storm last morning. There will be some trouble in getting her off.

The wind was pretty rough on the Bay of Quinte this morning. The entrance to the Upper Gap was difficult. The Hastings arrived here in good time.

The Geneva rode against the wind this morning from Gananoque, arriving here at 8:30 o'clock. She showed herself to be a staunch sailor.

The Kincardine, on her way to Oswego, ran into the harbor here for safety. She has not left the dock yet.

About seven or eight vessels are riding at anchor in the harbor. Nearly all are bound out.

Belleville Regatta - Emma getting new mast from Trenton.

A Scaly Position - land lubber went aloft on a vessel, had to come back down.

Wind Wafts - H. Cobely, of Chaumont, has bought a condemned vessel in Kingston, the hull of which will be converted into a lighter.

Over Again - str. Island Bell, of Alexandria Bay, half-filled with water again.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 17, 1879