The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 6 1853

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p.2 Loss of The Steamer Albany - The steamer Albany, Jones, owned by McKnight, of Detroit, was wrecked on Saturday last, near Presque Isle, Lake Huron. The passengers were saved, but the boat and cargo will probably be an entire loss. It is said that the insurance on the steamer expired only two days before the accident.

The Welland Canal - figures on trade - busy.

The Wrecks at Braddock's Point - We are informed that a steam tug is expected here soon from Oswego, with barges, to remove the railroad iron from the beached schooners Palestine and Ontonagon. It is the design of those interested to remove as much of the cargo as possible and bring the iron into Charlotte. Their success is very doubtful, as fair weather alone will permit them to operate. The schooners lie in bad positions, broadside to the beach.

We have before alluded to the fact that these vessels went ashore in consequence of the variation of the compasses, influenced by the iron composing the cargo. The two schooners left Kingston, at the foot of the lake, a few hours apart, and laid their courses direct for the Welland Canal. They both went ashore during a snow storm on Thursday morning at Braddock's point, striking but a short distance apart, and the crews not having seen each other since they were in Kingston harbor. The masters of the vessels were guided by their compasses, and supposed they were on the right course.

We have a parallel for this singularly exact variation of the compass, in the sailing of two vessels several years since. The British schooner Empress, and another, sailed from Kingston, laden with iron, bound for the Welland Canal, and ran ashore near the same spot where the Ontonagon and Palestine now lie. The vessels beached less than 40 rods distant from each other, and the crews first met on the beach. These occurrences may be noted as remarkable coincidences. [Rochester Union]

Gossip About Improvements - a letter to Editor re several earlier articles about improvements in Kingston - ..."a canal has been commenced across Wolfe Island to facilitate the communication with the New York market, for which the projectors must get credit for the spirit that prompted them to the undertaking, yet it has been carried on with such total disregard to professional advice, that if successful it will be completed at a greater cost than its usefulness will warrant..."

Steamboat Notice - The Public are respectfully informed that the steamer Canada will continue running as long as the navigation will permit, between Kingston and Ogdensburg, touching at intermediate ports. - Leaving Kingston every alternate morning at 9 o'clock. For freight or passage apply at the office of


Kingston, Dec. 6th, 1853.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 6 1853