The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1852

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p.2 The Late Gale - The gale subsided on Saturday, so as to admit of vessels leaving port with safety. The vessels on shore outside our harbor, are, the brig Eberts of Chatham, fully laden with merchandize; the schooner Mobile of Sackett's Harbor, partially laden with merchandize; and the schooner Albion of Oakville, fully laden with merchandize. We regret to state, that the Albion was not insured. The Mobile was the first vessel ashore, on Friday morning. The Albion was in her vicinity, in distress, for some hours after, and complaints are made, that several steamers passed into the harbor without rendering her assistance, which at that time might have prevented her from grounding. The Albion had a very valuable cargo, which has been much damaged, and the vessel also has suffered considerably. The Eberts will be got off with slight damage, scarcely worth mentioning. The Mobile does not seem to be materially injured, but there will be some difficulty experienced in getting her off the bar, as she is much farther in than either of the other vessels, owing to her comparatively light cargo, which enabled her to run before the wind into less water on the bar. We understand that on Friday night parties from shore proceeded to the vessels for improper purposes. It is supposed that they intended to make free with property on board, supposing that the crews had left for the night; or that they went for the purpose of placing themselves in a condition to claim salvage. The crews on board had to force them off. We presume that some of the parties are known, and if so, steps should be taken for their punishment to deter others from committing like offences in future. It is said that they acted under legal advice. If so, the counsellor should be named and exposed.


The Queen of the West - This new steamer proceeded on her first trial-trip on Thursday last. Prior to leaving the wharf Capt. Harrison did not intend proceeding further than the entrance of the canal; but from the steady and satisfactory working of the machinery, he was induced, to the satisfaction of those on board, to extend his trip and proceed a short distance out on the Lake. During the trip the machinery displayed that ease and uniformity of action, which is most essential in a passenger boat. Her steady and graceful motion, the swift and apparent ease with which she moved along the surface of the water, as she glided down the bay, was admired by all, and must have fully gratified the most sanguine wishes of her admirers. The boilers and machinery were manufactured at the foundry of Messrs. Gartshore & Co., of Dundas, and with the splendid carvings that adorn the saloon, speak much to the credit of our mechanics. Her length of keel, in proportion to her width, is much longer than any other steamboat now on the Lake, and her paddle-wheels are admirably formed and must conduce greatly to her swiftness and steadiness of movement. It is supposed she will make a few trips this season, but to what port is not yet decided. [Hamilton Canadian]

Richest Fish In the World - We notice the arrival of a hundred barrels of the famous siskawitt from Isle Royale, and learn from one of the fishermen, that there have been caught this season, between three and four hundred barrels of this fish, together with a few trout and whitefish. They fish on this island for this fish principally, as the Siskawitt are worth as much again as white-fish and Mackinac (sic) in our lake markets. Very little has been done at fishing this season on Lake Superior, and very little can be done at a profit, till we have a canal around these falls, then the export of fish from this lake will equal in value, in our opinion, the whole export of flour from the entire state.

The Siskawitt is, without doubt, the fattest fish that swims either in fresh or salt water. The fishermen say that one of these fish, when hung up by the tail in the hot sun of a summer day, will melt and entirely disappear, except the bones. In putting up about fifty barrels this season, one of the fishermen made two and a half barrels of oil from the heads and "leaf fat" alone without the least injury to the marketableness of the fish. Besides this leaf fat, the fat or oil is desseminated "in a layer of fat and a layer of lean" through the first. They are too fat to be eat fresh, and are put up for market like whitefish and trout. [Lake Superior Journal 27th]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1852