The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1851

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p.2 Wreck of the Christiana - The Picton Sun furnishes the following particulars of the wreck of the three-masted schooner Christiana, off Wellington: -

"It is our melancholy duty to chronicle the loss of the brig Christiana, of Port Sarnia, the late Wm. Lang Master, laden with Oak Timber and Pot Ash; which vessel was capsized in the gale of Friday morning 27th ult. in the neighborhood of the small island known as "Gull Island," or the "Scotch Bonnet," on Lake Ontario, with the loss of all on board, including the owner, the late Mr. Cross of Port Sarnia, who for the first time was making a trip to Quebec. It is supposed that the crew consisted of William and John Lang (brothers) master and mate, with eight seamen. From the appearance of this ill-fated vessel on Friday morning, it was thought by some persons who were watching her that she was disabled, and in a very short time afterwards she went over. The wreck of her drifted about all day; came near shore on Saturday morning last in the township of Hillier; when it was discovered that the body of a man was lashed to the main rigging. Measures were immediately taken to get off the body, which turned out to be that of the late Capt. Lang. The body was properly cared for and respectably interred on Monday afternoon, under the management of Mr. Joseph Garratt of the Lake Shore.

The Collector of Customs for the Port of Wellington on being made acquainted with this melancholy accident, hastened to the wreck, and adopted prompt measures to right her, as she was still on her beam ends, and hampered by the main and fore rigging. The foremast being broken off close to the deck, and the main mast still secure, the latter was cut away by his orders, when she righted immediately. Proceeding on board, immediate search was made for the remains of the others of the sufferers, but none was found, so relentless had been the fury of the lake. The decks were completely swept, with the exception of a few barrels of pot ash and a stick of timber on the lee side. Examination was then made as to the probable cause of the disaster, which turned out to arise from the steering chains becoming foul and choked when she attempted to go about. Every measure has been taken to secure the remains of the vessel and cargo, notwithstanding. A steam tug boat is now in the neighborhood, and it is expected the wreck will be taken in tow to Kingston so soon as the wind lulls a little.

A small old-fashioned watch was recovered from the wreck, and is now in the possession of Mr. Worthington the Collector; makers name T.P. DuCommon 1196 Jersey; on the inner case J.C. Roy has been engraved with the point of a needle; watchmakers paper M. Lamontagnue, Quebec. The watch will be given up to any of ( ) deceased owner, on satisfactory proof being produced of their right to the same."

The Christiana arrived at this port yesterday, in tow of the steamer William IV.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1851