The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 22, 1856

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p.2 Further Particulars Of the Loss of the Propeller Brunswick - Captain Howl and crew arrived here Saturday morning on the Propeller Illinois. From Captain H. we (Buffalo Express) gather the following particulars in relation to the loss of the Propellor:- Left Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, with a light breeze from the southeast; arrived at Port Washington at half-past 6 o'clock; wooded and left again at half-past 9 o'clock, wind blowing light from southeast; at 11 o'clock increased and blew fresh, with a large sea; hauled her up northeast, for the purpose of making better weather; made east shore some 14 miles from Point Betsey at 9 o'clock next morning; wind canted round to northeast, but increased in violence; at 12 o'clock it had increased to a gale; made good weather until 4 p.m.; vessel then sprung a leak, sea in meantime had washed her bulwarks off forward; at half-past 5 water had gained on her so fast that her fires were put out; pumps had been worked constantly, but were not able to keep her free; after the fires were put out, she got into the troughs of the sea and rolled badly, taking her mast out; Captain ordered her boats cleared away, being three in number. She had fifteen passengers and a crew of 22 persons, all told, who all got safely to the nearest land, which was Sleeping Bear, about eight miles distant. The large boat and the life boat reached the shore in safety. The small boat, in which was Captain Howland, second mate, four deck hands and one passenger, reached the breakers at Empire bluff, some two miles above where the other boats landed, and in making the shore she got swamped in the breakers, where they remained about half an hour, during which time the passenger, Chauncey Bebee, from Attica, was drowned. Capt. H. and men clung to the boat until she was washed ashore, all of them nearly exhausted. They camped on the beach that night, and the next morning started for Glen Harbor, a distance of ten miles, which place they reached the same afternoon and evening. They remained there until Sunday morning, when the schooner Scotland, which was lying there, took the party aboard and landed them at the South Manitou, where they remained until Wednesday morning, when the propellor Illinois came along and brought them to this city, where they arrived Saturday morning. The Brunswick went down about twelve miles from the South Manitou, in some forty-five fathoms of water. Captain Howland wishes us to tender his most heartfelt thanks to Mr. E. Burton and family, for the kindness shown to the passengers, himself and crew, whilst on the island.

- whitefish from Wellington and Presqu'Ile - [Picton Gazette]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 22, 1856