The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 23, 1854

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p.2 Launch - Capt. Gaskin's new ship was launched on Saturday. The weather was all that could be desired, and every available point from which to see the noble vessel move off was occupied. A large company had also assembled on board the ship, on which was stationed the excellent band of the Canadian Rifles. The large number of vessels in harbor, at the wharves, or anchored in the bay, with their bunting displayed in honor of the occasion, added much to the interest of the whole scene. Shortly after three o'clock, the signal having been given to cut away, the ship moved off and glided rapidly into the water, receiving, as she started on the ways, the name of Eliza Mary. Miss Gaskin performed the ceremony of christening. The launch was one of the most successful that we have witnessed in Kingston, and everybody was pleased with the events of the day.

The Eliza Mary is a full-rigged ship of about 900 tons measurement, and reflects much credit upon her builder, Mr. Thurston. We shall obtain and publish in another issue, the dimensions of the largest merchant vessel ever built in Upper Canada.

Marine Disasters - We learn from the Buffalo Commercial that the Brig Monteath, owned by E.K. Bruce of that city, was driven ashore at Fairport in the gale severe which prevailed on Lake Erie on Saturday night last. She was loaded with coal and iron from Erie for Chicago, and will probably prove a total loss, except a part of the cargo. The vessel was fully insured. She was an old but substantial craft, and had been in the grain trade during the season, between Buffalo and the Upper Lakes. The cargo was not insured. The schooner W.W. Brigham also went ashore in the same gale in Dunkirk Harbor, but how badly she is injured we have not been able to learn. She was owned by J.O. Butler, of Buffalo, and F.W. Walker, of Erie. No insurance. The schooner Gen. Harrison, with a load of staves for Tonawanda, also capsized off that port. The crew were taken off by the schooner Roscoe. The brig Missouri, when off Barcelona during the same gale, lost her fore and mainmast, and was finally driven ashore at the mouth of Barcelona Harbor. The vessel will be a total loss, but a part of the cargo will be got out by the crew who are now at work. The brig Caroline went ashore near Point au Pelee. She was from Buffalo loaded with railroad iron for Chicago, and will very likely go to pieces. The amount of insurance we did not learn.

Accident to the Steamer Cataract - The steamer Cataract, we learn, when off Genesee river, met with a like accident as the Northerner, by breaking her walking beam. She was on her downward trip from Lewiston, and would have arrived here this morning. She was towed into Charlotte by the Bay State, and will probably be unable to resume her place on the line this fall.. [Oswego Times]

The schooner destroyed at Port Dalhousie by fire was the Ocean, Capt. Fellows. She was proceeding to Owen Sound, and had on board about 6000 pounds sterling worth of goods for that place, which, with the vessel, were totally lost.

Oct. 24, 1854


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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 23, 1854