The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1853

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p.2 Navigation Closed - We are sorry to hear that the lower gates of the Beauharnois Canal were carried away yesterday by the Propeller Lord Elgin, and Steamer Crescent. We are informed that the two Steamers were racing for the Lock, with all sail and steam, which they kept up until the Lord Elgin struck the gates, and smashed them. The Lock at the time was full, with two barges in it; and one entering from the upper reach. One was sunk, by the gates being driven on her, when the rush of water caught them. Those gates snapped off, like pipe stems.

The Steamer Gildersleeve was in the reach with two barges, and all were swept through as if they had been chips, actually leaping over the sill into the Lock below. Another barge hangs on the upper sill, partly into the Lock. The damage cannot be repaired this season; and the navigation is therefore closed.

A very large amount of tonnage is now lying in Montreal, and in the Beauharnois Canal for Upper Canada, which is now stopped. Goods are now unloading from sea for above. No lives lost. [Montreal Gazette]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1853