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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 12, 1854

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p.2 Lost - on December 8th, from the schooner Frontenac, clinker built boat, painted green topsides, bottom white, inside lead color, about 15 feet long. Any person returning the above at Mr. Morton's Distillery, or leaving information at the Daily News Office, will be suitably rewarded.

Marine News - We are indebted chiefly to the Oswego Times for the marine items given below: -

We learn from private telegraph despatches received here today, that the schooners Virginia and Charles Crooks are ashore at Cleveland, west of the pier and near the Marine Hospital. The Virginia was bound up in ballast. The Crooks, we believe, has a cargo of grain. The schooner Syracuse is ashore fifteen miles below Point Au Pelee, and the schooner T. Wyman is ashore at Bear Point, near the mouth of Detroit river, both vessels loaded with grain. The Crooks and the Syracuse are reported to lie easy, and will be got off. These vessels are owned at Oswego, and are consigned there. They are all more or less insured.

The brig Sampson engaged in the Canadian lumber trade, which cleared from Oswego on Sunday, returned after buffetting the seas through a most terrific storm for near 48 hours. We also learn since writing the above, that the brig Isabella, which cleared on Sunday, is ashore at Sodus. She cleared for Cleveland with 1500 bbls. salt and is supposed to be insured above.

We learn from Capt. Allen of the schr. Carlton which went ashore at Wilson while taking on a cargo of wheat, that the vessel will be got off without material damage. Capt. Allen also brings intelligence that there are a number of vessels ashore on the South shore, among them the schooners Frank Pierce and Hartbridge above Genessee. Three other vessels are ashore in the same neighborhood, names not known. The brig Isabella is ashore between Sodus and Genesee.

Collision - The Buffalo Com. Advertiser of the 2nd learns that on the 1st, during the thick snow storm, the barque Trade Wind and Charles Napier, both bound up, while on opposite "tacks," came in collision a short distance above Long Point. The barque had her fore rigging much damaged, and hull probably badly cut. The brig put into Gravelly Bay, and her Captain reports as being unable to see the Trade Wind, shortly after the collision, when the weather had cleared up so as to see any distance. It is feared that she sunk.

The barque American Republic is ashore at Long Point Cut, Canada. She has on board 18,000 bush. of corn for this place.

The Captains of several vessels says the Buffalo Democracy that arrived in port on Saturday, reports that they passed a sunken brig off Grand River with her topmast out of the water about fifteen feet. What vessel it is not known, but it is thought that it may be the vessel that came in collision with the Napier.

The Luther Wright, schooner, ashore at Gravelly Bay, with 8,000 bush. corn from Toledo for Mr. Morton, Kingston, will be a total loss. Her cargo was fully insured. Only part of it will be saved in a damaged condition.

We learn from Pulaski that the schooner Halifax ladened with 28,000 bbls flour from Toronto, anchored off Little Sandy Creek, Sunday night and rode out the gale til Tuesday night when she went ashore, after losing the deck load. The crew were saved, but some of them were badly frost bitten.

By a private despatch received here on Saturday evening we learn that the schooner Emma which cleared from this port a few days ago is ashore near Port Dalhousie.

It is gratifying to observe that the Captain and crew of the Halifax were not lost as reported by us yesterday.

Oswego, Dec. 8th - The schooner Island Queen which cleared here for Ogdensburgh on the 3rd, went ashore near Sodus.

We cut the following from the Toronto Leader: -

The Ice - We have been informed that there are at present seven vessels including steamers propellers and schooners, locked up in the ice at South Bay, this side of Kingston, all of which are heavily laden with winter goods for this port and the ports westward.

The St. Catherines Constitutional of Wednesday says: -

The Welland Canal may now be considered closed, (though not officially so,) as the severe frost of the past few days have coated it with ice several inches thick. Many vessels with valuable cargoes are frozen in, and it is doubtful whether they can be pushed through this season. Agents are here attending to some of them. Four vessels are reported ashore at Port Dalhousie and two men are said to have drowned.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 12, 1854