The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 5, 1853

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Marine Disasters - The gale of Wednesday night and Thursday morning was severe on the Lakes. Captains of vessels on Lake Michigan state that the fury of the wind and roughness of the sea has seldom been equalled. The brig Caroline sprung a leak off Sheboygan, and was forced back to Chicago. Her cargo consisted of 7,418 bushels of wheat and 5,650 of barley, shipped by Newball, of Milwaukie. Cargo and brig damaged about $1,400; insured. The schooner J.W. Brown, loaded with wheat at Kenosha, sprung a leak, and in trying to make Chicago harbor struck on the bar, and was got off by the steam tug. The vessel has four feet of water in her, and is badly damaged.

The schooner Speed missed the harbor, struck, sprung a leak, and sunk to her decks. Loaded with timber, and will be got off. The brig Cumberland lost part of her deck load of railroad iron but made Chicago harbor safely. The schooner Cleopatra missed the harbor and went ashore 4 miles south of Chicago. The crew saved themselves with difficulty. The Tribune says that during the storm a large number of lumber and grain vessels put back and came into port safely.

There are a number of vessels missing that should be in, and fears are entertained of their safety.

There is a rumor, which we cannot trace to a responsible source, that on Thursday, upon Lake Huron, the propeller Saginaw foundered, all on board being lost.

The brig Maryland, loaded with railroad iron, ran ashore on the lake side of the "Cut," in the storm of Thursday. She was bound for Cleveland, and, being unable to enter there, ran by to make this harbor; but mistaking the stakes, passed into the "cut" in the Peninsula, and fetched up on the shore. She lies hard on, with 3 feet of water in her hold. [Sandusky Register]

Schooner Ashore - We understand that the schooner Keefer is ashore at Oak Orchard and is likely to prove a total loss. She had on board 1400 bls flour consigned to Montreal

Shipbuilding - The keel of a new vessel has been laid in the Ship Yard adjoining the harbor at Port Hope, and the following are her dimensions - length of keel 125 feet, breadth of beam 27 feet 10 inches; depth of hold 10 feet 6 inches; W.S. Marsh, Esq., Capt. T.F. Janes of Port Hope, and Edward Berry, Esq., Quebec, are the owners, and Mr. N. Collins is the builder.

Niagara Docks - The Mayor of Hamilton has stated to the Council, in answer to a question by Mr. McElroy, that there was no truth in the report of the Great Western Railway Directors having purchased the Niagara Docks. No such purchase had been made. No money had been paid nor debentures issued for such a purpose, nor could be without the consent of the shareholders.

The Steamer John Counter - The new railway ferry steamer John Counter was placed upon her destined route between this city and Cape Vincent, on Thursday last. This large steamer is upwards of 200 feet in length, with 34 feet breadth of beam, and is propelled by a beautiful and powerful engine built at the Kingston Foundry. She makes the trip between Kingston and the Cape - 22 miles - in 1 hour 35 minutes, a pretty fair rate of speed, but not so high as she is expected to reach when upon regular duty next summer.

-...The steamer William IV, tried to force her way out to Lachine, but after working for several hours only succeeded in reaching the Wellington street bridge, and there abandoned the atempt. Her engineer, Mr. Graham, was drowned at this place on Monday night, venturing out upon the broken ice.

From Beauharnois, we learn that the workmen are busy fitting in the new gates which were already built, and hope to have them ready for use on Friday next, but it is doubtful if the weather will permit any vessels to reach them this fall... [Montreal Gazette]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 5, 1853