The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1853

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p.2 Lake Navigation - Several of the lake steamers have been withdrawn, and are taking up their winter quarters.

The Kaloolah, a Lake Huron steamer, for whose safety fears were entertained, as she had not been heard of for ten days, turned up at Manitowaning. It seems that the crank of her engine gave way, when the vessel was about seven miles distant from that place just named, and she thus became disabled to prosecute her voyage.

Breaking Up of A Raft In the Georgian Bay With Nineteen Men On It - Last Monday night, Mr. Coatsworth of this city and eighteen of his men had a narrow and almost miraculous escape from destruction by the breaking up of a raft on which they were floating, on the Georgian Bay. The raft, which contained between 5,000 and 6,000 feet of timber, was to have started from the mouth of the Nottawasaga Bay early on the morning of Monday; but the wind was too boisterous to admit of the raft being floated off till about two o'clock, when, with the men upon it, the temporary structure was committed to the angry elements. They hoped to reach Collingwood harbor before dark, the distance being about twelve miles. But night stole upon them long before they had reached their destination; snow began to fall, and an increased wind added to the commotion of the waters. Without compass or lights, and not knowing which way they were being driven, the perils of their situation may be imagined. Some of the men were sent ashore to make lights which should serve as a guide for them to steer by. But amid the storm of snow, and the agitation of the waters, they soon lost sight of their special beacon fires. They were now hopelessly tossed about by the storm till three o'clock in the morning, when the raft went to pieces! The largest portion that remained was about 30 feet square, and upon this the 19 remaining men succeeded in placing themselves. They had but two boats, and these very small. Upon this fragment of the raft they remained till daylight, when it became manifest that it could hold together but a few minutes longer. Now the great danger was of crowding 19 persons into two small boats, by no means fit to carry them with any certainty of safety. However, they resolved all to get into the boats; taking this form of joint risk of the lives of the parties. At this time they were about four miles from shore. Their danger of being swamped in a heavy sea may be imagined. However, fortunately, they succeeded in overcoming the perils of their situation, and reached shore about nine o'clock in the morning, some ten miles west of Collingwood harbor. [Toronto Leader]

Steamboat Accident - We understand that the river mail steamer Lord Elgin is disabled in consequence of an accident to the machinery. There was consequently no boat from below yesterday, and no mail. The New Era will be up today.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1853