The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 5, 1852

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p.2 Algonac, Mich., Dec. 19th - The crews of the sunken brigs Navigator and Niagara have arrived at this place in an exceedingly exhausted condition, after working at the pumps, to keep their vessel afloat, 12 hours, and then abandoned them to walk over precarious ice, on Lake St. Clair, over ten miles. They report the Navigator as sunk, and the Niagara much damaged by the ice. Both vessels threw over a part of the cargo before they abandoned them to their fate. There were also four other vessels in sight of them, suffering from the same storm. The names of two of them, Flora and Mary Jane, have been ascertained, but the two others being further distant and inaccessible are unknown. It is conjectured that the crew of the brig Flora may be saved, but it is feared that those of the others may perish from cold and inaction.

Wreck and Loss of Life - It becomes our painful duty to record the account of another of those melancholy accidents, so frequent at this time of the year. On Sunday, the 7th instant, the schooner Saucy Jack left this port laden with provisions for Saugeen, with a fair wind, and made as far as Stoney Island, where she came to anchor, remaining there till the 14th inst. On Monday, the 22nd, she was found a perfect wreck, on the beach a few miles South of the Saugeen. The crew, consisting of Mr. J. Martindale and his brother, and a Mr. A. McDonald, late of Guelph, were all lost. We understand that the bodies have not been found. [Goderich Loyalist]

Gull Island Light House - Much uneasiness was felt during the greater part of last week in consequence of a report being in circulation that the young man in charge of Gull Island Light House was likely to perish from cold and starvation. Owing to the great quantities of drift ice, and the stormy weather, it was impossible to communicate with the Light House, as no boat could live a moment. The distance from the shore we believe is about a mile. He had not had any assistance for a fortnight, and had not been seen from shore for some days, and various rumors were afloat as to the extent of his sufferings; he had lived upon lamp oil, had eaten three-quarters of his faithful dog, had both legs and one arm frozen, etc. Happily, however, Monday morning was calm, although fearfully cold, when some of our brave Cobourg fishermen rescued the prisoner from his ice-bound tower, in good health and spirits, it having turned out that he had more provender than was at first supposed, as he had a month's good provision still on hand, plenty of fuel, and a cask of ale at his elbow. A sensible, prudent lad, although but about nineteen years old. [Cobourg Star, Dec. 24th]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 5, 1852