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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1854


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p.2 Wolfe Island Canal - The steamer Star, Capt. Creighton, now passes through the Canal upon her daily trips between this port and Cape Vincent. The lower reach of the canal, as it opens into Big Bay, is not yet quite clear of floating masses, detached from the marsh through which the channel is cut, but will be in a few days. In the meantime it is quite a novelty to pass through the cut, and literally over what appear to be floating islands, which, by the way, notwithstanding their curious appearance, hardly check the steamer's onward course. We have heard of floating islands before, but never saw them until Monday. The steamer makes four trips a day - two to the island, and two to the Cape.

The ladies of St. Catherines have subsribed the sum of $102 for the purpose of presenting Captain Donaldson of the Welland, a suitable set of colors for his vessel, in consideration of his many acts of gentlemanly urbanity, and able seamanship, while on the route between St. Catherines and Toronto.

The Propellor Brantford, which arrived at this port yesterday morning on her way up the lake with a body of German emigrants, as soon as the ropes were made fast to the wharf, was deserted bodily by her crew. The cause of this unusual proceeding was the prevalence of cholera, which had broken out on board to an alarming extent, no less than 26 out of about 140, having died since leaving Quebec. The sick were removed to the hospital, and the remainder placed in sheds, while the vessel was towed out into the harbor to be purified. A good deal of panic was created in the neighborhood of where the steamer was moored - in one instance, a number of the hands employed at the Kingston Foundry deserted their occupation till the steamer was removed.

Loss of the Propellor Boston - We learn as we go to press that the propeller Boston was run into and sunk off Oak Orchard, on Friday night. The passengers and crew arrived safely at Rochester, on Saturday evening, after 24 hours' exposure on the lake in an open boat. She was laden with flour, etc., and was owned by the Ogdensburgh Railroad Co. [Rome Sentinel]

Aug. 3, 1854

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(the following was found in Aug. 4, 1852 Chronicle & News)

Wolfe Island Canal - The steamer Star, Capt. Creighton, now passes through the Canal on her daily trips between this port and Cape Vincent. The lower reach of the canal, which opens into Big Bay, is not yet quite clear of floating masses, detached from the marsh through which the channel is cut, but will be in a few days. In the meantime it is quite a novelty to pass through the cut, and literally over what appear to be floating islands, which, by the way, notwithstanding their curious appearance, ( )ly check the steamer's onward course. We have heard of floating islands before, but never saw them until Monday. The steamer makes four trips a day - two to the island, and two to the cape.


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Date of Original:
Aug. 2, 1854
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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1854