The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 6, 1852

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p.2 U.S. War Steamer Michigan - We record with more than ordinary pleasure the performance of a noble act by Capt. Bigelow, his officers and men, to the Canadian Schooner William Black, Capt. McFarlane, of Kingston. The William Black was laden with staves, from Chatham, bound to Kingston, when passing out of Lake St. Clair into Detroit River, grounded on what is commonly called the Middle Ground; being under full sail the vessel grounded very hard. The steamer Franklin Moore made several attempts to drag her off, but after parting some of her cables left her. Capt. McFarlane then came to Windsor and engaged the steamer Argo to go up and lighten her off the next morning. Late in the afternoon the steamer Michigan came down the Lake, and seeing the vessel aground, went to them and asked the Captain if they wished to get pulled off. Being answered in the affirmative, the steamer immediately made fast her chain cable to the schooner, and in a very short time the Wm. Black was afloat. Being near night, and the Detroit River rather difficult to navigate at night, the Capt. took the schooner in tow to Windsor, a distance of eight or nine miles, when she cast her off and went to Detroit. After Capt. McFarlane got his vessel safely moored for the night he crossed over to the Michigan, and wished to know what was to pay. Capt. Bigelow, with that candor that always characterizes a true sailor and gentleman, told him nothing - that performing such deeds was their business on the lakes. Comment on the above is needless; we can only assure Capt. Bigelow and his officers that they could not have obliged a more worthy man than the owner of the vessel that they relieved, James Black Esq., of Hamilton, who we are sure will acknowledge it in a proper manner. We hope that the steamer Michigan, Capt. Bigelow, and his officers may long live to traverse the lakes and perform actions like the one we have narrated.

[Sandwich Oak]

The Murray Canal - Under the heading of "The Township of Brighton" we last week advocated immediate action on the part of the inhabitants of that Township on the subject of a Canal to connect Bay Quinte with Presque Isle. The present state of the case we believe to be this:- Some thirty years ago the Imperial Government reserved a considerable quantity of land near the proposed Canal for the purposes of that work. They looked upon its construction as most desirable, as thereby the inland water communication from Lower Canada by the Rideau Canal would be extended upwards of seventy miles, and within a few hours sail of the capital of Upper Canada - a most important consideration in the event of a war with the United States. At a late period, however, the Government thought proper to dispose of the land so reserved for a Canal, and in consequence it was sold. In 1838 Mr. Sheriff Ruttan, who then represented this County in Parliament, obtained the concurrence of the House in an address to the Government requesting that His Excellency would be pleased to authorize that a grant be made to Trustees of the Land in Murray, referred to in a former address as being yet at the disposal of Her Majesty in that Township, and also that His Excellency would be pleased to set apart, and place in the hands of such Trustees, Crown Lands in lieu of, and equal in value to those which were formerly reserved for the purposes of this Canal, and since granted to settlers. The address concluded by stating that it deferred to His Excellency the propriety of adopting the suggestion of the Colonial Secretary of placing at the disposition of the Legislature a grant of money from the Crown fund instead of the land. The sum of eighteen thousand pounds was afterwards ordered to be placed at the credit of the Trustees of the Canal to be paid when the work was begun in lieu of any claim for land. There is no question that the moment the Municipalities of Brighton, Murray and Belleville, form themselves into a company, thus £18,000 will be forthcoming. It will not however be sufficient to make the Canal. But it will make a beginning, and once begun, means will soon be furnished for its completion. [Cobourg Star]


Will take place on Monday, September 13th.


General The Hon. Charles Gore, President.

Capt. J.A. Gore, A.C.D.

Hon. J.A. McDonald, M.P.P.

Henry Smith, Jr., M.P.P.

Baron de Longueuil.

Thomas A. Corbett.

J.J. Burrowes.

R.L. Innes and

J.G. Fortier, Esquires.

SAILING MATCH - Entrance 10s.; open to all pleasure yachts. 1st Prize £25, 2nd do. £12 10s., 3rd do. £5. Tonnage time 3/4 of a minute per ton for all yachts over six tons, and one minute per ton for all under, Regatta measurement; distance 23 miles.

SCOW RACE - Entrance 10s.; open to all scows. Prize £7 10s.

Championship skiff, pulling one pair of sculls. Entrance 10s.; prize £7 10s.

SKIFF RACE - Under 19 feet long, entrance 2s 6d.; prize £2 10s.

The Champagne stakes, for boats pulled by gentlemen, two or four oars. No sculls to be used or racing boats allowed to enter. Entrance 10s.

Entrances to be made on Friday evening, before 10 o'clock, at Perkin's Hotel, Kingston.

The above races to be governed by the printed rules observed at previous Regattas in this Bay, which with the course will be described in future hand-bills.

Kingston, Sept. 4th.

Sept. 7, 1852


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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 6, 1852