The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 6, 1854

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p.2 Detroit, 5th May - The propeller Sun is ashore on Point-au-Pelee Island, near the wreck of the America.

A Lake Phenomenon - In alluding in our last to the remarkable case of two persons being drowned (one of whom was James Foster, an old sailor, and not a pensioner as we heard,) we had not time to do more than chronicle the bare fact, without enlarging on the singular natural phenomenon which caused their death. Since then, however, we have made minute inquiries into the circumstances, and remain satisfied that the sudden and extraordinary overflow of the lake, which occurred on the 25th ultimo, originated in some subaqueous convulsion, which took place in the bed of the lake.

The facts of the event on the 25th, so far as noticed, seem to be as follows:- About a quarter or half past six o'clock, p.m., a thunderstorm came up from the north-west, with a few flashes of lightning, and a heavy shower, accompanied by a strong squall of wind for a few minutes, the weather being quite calm just before the gust, and the same after it. The Fishermen who were on the beach, seeing the squall come on, hurried to get to their seine, when suddenly there appeared, rolling in upon them, an immense wave from the north-west. The height of this wave could not have been less, we judge, than from six to eight feet, although it is difficult to ascertain correctly. It came rolling on the smooth lake with great velocity, carrying all before it, and sweeping some of the fishermen into the Two Mile Pond, and dashing others of them high up against the bank, by which as we related, two persons were unfortunately drowned. The water came and returned three times in succession and then settled down quite calm, as it had been before this commotion. It was noticed moreover, that the wave brought up and cast upon the beach, a quantity of logs and sunken driftwood, which had apparently lain long at the bottom of the lake, showing clearly that the movement must have come from the bottom. There was no wind blowing to cause such an unprecedented and rapid swell of the water, the like of which had never been seen on this side of the lake; although something similar occurred at Cobourg some couple of years ago; and a similar phenomenon is related to have taken place in Mud Lake within a few years.

It is evident to us, that there has been an earthquake in the bed of the lake, at no great distance from land, although there was not the slightest tremor noticed on the shore. These occurrences taking place as they do, would seem to indicate that the bed of the lake is nearer the seat of subterranean disturbance than the main land - and may undergo agitation at times, without the fact being noticed by the dwellers upon its margin; but when the earthquake was felt here about 18 months ago, the rush of waves upon the shore for a short time was tremendous. But the disturbance in that case, being in all probability, further off, prevented a great and sudden rise of water like that on the 25th. [Niagara Mail]

Items - The Belleville Tribune says that two suites are pending, growing out of the collision between the Canadian and the Novelty. Mr. Gildersleeve sues Capt. Bonter, and Capt. Bonter sues Mr. Gildersleeve.

It is said that Capt. Chambers is about to get the steamer City of Hamilton and run her on the Bay.

George Wright, Esq., M.P.P., of Brampton, who has made very extensive investments in wheat and flour during the season, has freighted the bark Arabia to convey a cargo of flour and wheat, from Port Credit direct to the city of Glasgow. This vessel arrived at this port yesterday, and will take on board today a large quantity of flour from the storehouse of Messrs. Borst & Co. When completed, her cargo will consist of 14,000 bushels of wheat and 500 barrels of flour, the property of Mr. Wright. The Arabia is a very pretty model, three masted, brig-rigged forward, and 283 tons measurement. She was built by Messrs. Counter & Co., of Kingston, last season, and is a sister boat to the Cherokee which was the first vessel to sail from Toronto to Liverpool. The Arabia is the second in the enterprize, and will leave this port tomorrow for Scotland. Her cargo is consigned to Messrs. Lamb, Playfair & Co., of Glasgow. [Globe]


The Public are respectfully informed that the proprietors of the Tug Line have placed the following Steamers on their respective stations between Kingston and Lachine:- Traveller, Canada, America, Gildersleeve, Charlevoix, and Canada No. 2.

The Rates for Towing will be in accordance with the Tariff established by the Commissioners of Public Works. One of the Company's Steamers will leave Kingston and Lachine Daily - SUNDAY EXCEPTED.

Vessels using the Steamers' Tow Rope will be charged three pence per mile.

The running time will be performed as follows:- Upward - in Four Days from Lachine.

Downward - in Three Days from Kingston. Unless from unusual detention in Canals or unfavorable weather.

Kingston, May 5th, 1854. Thomas Maxwell & Co.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 6, 1854