The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 25, 1855

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p.2 Notice To Mariners - The Detroit Inquirer cautions mariners navigating the Detroit river relative to the wreck of the Oregon, which is now sunk below the surface in the channel, in a very dangerous position for vessels passing up or down. There is no buoy or mark to show where the sunken wreck lies, and this creates the difficulty. The Oregon lies a little below the upper fishhouses on Hog Island, about midway between the banks, and rather on the British side of the channel. Vessels passing should keep well in with the point on Hog Island.

Effects of Reciprocity - We find the following in the Chicago Democrat of Friday last: The Reciprocity Treaty is bringing Canadian vessels into our port this season quite freely. Yesterday we noticed the arrival of the barque Water Witch, Captain Campbell, from Kingston, C.W., with 91,650 feet of lumber, and 54 tons of pig iron, under the treaty; the schooner Sweet Home, Capt. McConquodale from Port Dalhousie; the schooner Governor, Capt. Davis, from Hamilton, C.W., with 100,000 feet of lumber - the first vessel, we believe, from that port.

Burning of the Steamer Porcupine - The Prescott Telegraph says:- "We regret to state, that on Sunday evening last, about half-past seven o'clock, whilst the tug steamer Porcupine, having an empty barge in tow, was coming down to this port, and when nearly opposite the residence of the Rev. Mr. Blakely, a fire broke out on board, near the smokepipe, which was so sudden and rapid as to become at once uncontrollable. She was immediately run ashore on the sand beach near Mr. Blakely's wharf, where she burned to the water's edge. The hands, fifteen in number, all got safely off. The engine, it is expected, will not be much injured. The Porcupine was an excellent tug, worth about 4,000 pounds, and belonged to Messrs. Henderson & Holcomb, Montreal. She had a quantity of fire wood aboard, but no other loading. The fire being plainly seen from the town, many persons hurried up to the spot; and Captain Plumb with the Gleaner immediately proceeded to the scene of disaster. The propeller Michigan also went up; and the American mail steamer Niagara, being a mile or two beyond, returned to render any assistance that might be necessary. We learn that the Porcupine was insured."

The Ogdensburgh Sentinel says:- "The St. Lawrence is 22" lower than in the spring of 1854, and two feet lower than in 1853. The greatest variation in the surface of the St. Lawrence, during four years past, has been five feet ten inches. This, however, was caused by violent winds, at one time from the north-east reducing, and at another from the south-west, raising the surface. But, aside from these causes, there is a yearly variation, attaining its maximum during the months of June, July, and August, and its minimum in January, February, and March.

May 26, 1855


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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 25, 1855