The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1882

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The Waves of Lake Ontario Rolling Mountains High.

The weather yesterday on the lake was the severest felt this season. The gale was terrific and considerable damage resulted. The storm was not felt here to any great extent, no doubt owing (line unreadable) and city. The schr. B.W. Folger, of this port, was out but safely reached port. At Western ports the gale was severest. At Toronto, traffic on the lake was stopped entirely. The prop. Armenia started out but had to run back. The str. Spartan was windbound there. Waves ran twelve feet high. The str. Algerian laid at Port Hope all day and night. At Picton the gale was blowing continually for 24 hours. On Thursday night schrs. S. Flora and J. Collier dragged their anchors and went ashore in the Bay of Quinte. The Flora lies about a mile east of Bongard's. She has about 1,000 bushels of rye aboard, and is hard on, but not much damaged. She will be got off. The Collier is loaded with cedar, and went ashore in Conger's Cove. Tug Sherwood has been working at her all afternoon, but cannot do anything until the wind goes down. All the steamers arrived and left as usual except the Flight, which did not go out to Napanee.

Schooner's Rough Experience.

At 3 o'clock today Capt. Saunders, with the schr. Oliver Mowat, flew into the harbour and anchored at the K. & P.R.R. dock. As soon as he landed he was interviewed. His face looked very haggard for he had been on deck from Tuesday night at 11 o'clock. At that time the schr. cleared light from Charlotte for Kingston, and since then rain fell incessantly and the wind blew up the lake. The vessel was buffeted on the angry waves like a cork. She beat about and for a long time weathered the gale in the middle of the lake. The decks were slippery and the sheets hard to handle, but the courageous crew stuck to their places and eventually brought the craft here. She beat from shore to shore for many hours. Nothing was carried away. On Wednesday several vessels kept her company, but ultimately ran back. Yesterday several vessels were seen scudding up the lake. The water at times rolled right over the vessel, and she was often nearly on her beam ends. About noon the schr. Prince Alfred was met near Nine Mile Point making for Fairhaven. If the wind keeps in the present quarter she will make the port. The White Oak went out, but ran back owing to the violence of the gale.

Flying A Flag of Distress.

At Burlington the schooner Gulnair was sighted flying a flag of distress. A terrific sea was rolling over her, and she was dragging her anchors. The wharf at Burlington was swept away and the shore was lined with the debris. The last telegram last night announced that it was questionable if the schooner would weather the gale. A gun was fired from her late at night. A telegram from Burlington this afternoon says:

"The schr. Gulnair rides safely at her anchorage. She holds about the same position she held last night. Her flag of distress has been run down. The sea runs so high that it is impossible for an ordinary boat to reach her. There ought to be a life boat kept at this end of the lake. There would never be any difficulty in getting a crew to launch her for those whose lives are in peril. It is likely the Gulnair will ride out this storm. The private docks of Messrs. McCulloch, Baxter, Dalton and Neland are all washed away. The Redpath dock is totally destroyed. Burton's dock has commenced breaking up. This is the most terrific storm that has visited this locality in many years. The storm still rages."

Propeller In Trouble.

The Globe says the City of Montreal was in danger of being beached on the Island, but the following telegram has just been received from Toronto:

"The rumor that the propeller City of Montreal was ashore west of Toronto turns out to be untrue. The crew, however, had some difficulty in keeping her from going on the beach. During a temporary lull in the storm early this morning she made her way into this harbor."


Marine News.

The foundation has been laid for the new light house at Fisher's Landing. The house will be built wholly of iron in sections which will be bolted together.

The steamer Norseman was not at all damaged as reported a short time ago. Her crank pin alone was broken. She has been running on her route constantly.

The str. Spartan did not arrive in Toronto until yesterday noon. Captain Bailey said the storm was the worst he had experienced for years. He was forced to pass all way ports, and was extremely glad to make Toronto harbor.


Prop. Celtic, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, bush. corn. (sic)

Prop. Prussia, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1882