The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1856

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p.2 sch. Non-Pareil missing. [Cleveland Herald]

-str. Firefly missing.

Marine Disasters

Nov. 7 - The schooner West Wind is ashore at Oswego, and will probably prove a total loss.

Nov. 7 - The schooner Perry, cargo of wheat, is ashore at Port Granby, full of water. Cargo insured.

Nov. 5 - The schooner George Davis struck a pile in Grand River, stove her bottom, and filled with water.

Nov. 7 - The brig Cumberland, which left Buffalo on the 3d inst. has not been heard of. She is probably lost.

Nov. 7 - The schooner Scotland was run foul by the schooner Cuyahoga in Oswego harbor - bulwarks and stauncheons also gone. The Cuyahoga went ashore in the harbor.

Nov. 7 - The brig Sultan, with a cargo of wheat for Buffalo, is ashore at Port Huron, Lake Huron.

Nov. 4 - The schooner Homer Ransdell, before reported ashore at the Manitou Islands, was got off by the tug John Barryman, and proceeded to Chicago, but finally got the better of her salvors, and sank in Twin Rivers with a Worthington pump on board. The vessel was valued at $6,000, and the pump at $1,400. Insured in the Buffalo Mutual.

Nov. 7 - A despatch received here says that bark B.A. Stenard, bound to Chicago with lumber, was about a mile off that port, leaking badly. A tug with a steam pump were to be sent to her.

Nov. 7 - The schooner Orion, with 13,000 bush wheat for Niles and Klune, of Buffalo, is ashore at Point aux Barques. Total loss.

Nov. 5 - The schooner Forest Queen sunk in Genessee harbor.

Nov. 8 - The brig Ellen Gillmore (C.) is ashore on Long Point. Total loss. Five lives lost. No particulars.

Nov. 8 - The schooner Industry, ashore at Port Colborne - is a total loss.

Nov. 8 - The schooner J.S. Reed, from Oswego to Cleveland, with a cargo of railroad iron, had her canvass blown away, and lost centreboard, anchor and chain below Long Point.

Nov. 8 - The schooner Wyoming, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago to Buffalo, sprung a leak and lost boat and head stays in gale on Lake Huron.

Nov. 8 - The schooner A.J. Brown is ashore at Presque Isle, Lake Ontario, Captain and mate lost.

Nov. 8 - The schooners S. Burchard, Challenge, Rebecca, Jane E. Rodgers, and Seminole, are at Port Robinson, all more or less damaged, all bound from Oswego.

Nov. 8 - There is a rumor that the schooner S.A. Green, bound up light, is lost, nothing having been heard of her since the gale.

Nov. 8 - The captain of the schooner L.D. Comon reports the brig Cumberland and schooner Energy at anchor under the Peninsula at Erie.

Nov. 6 - The brig Sampson and schooner Forwarder are ashore below Fort Ontario, and a Huron steamer at Wolfe Island.

Nov. 5 - The schooner Dundee, for Toronto, had her masts sprung in the gale, and was driven back, and in entering the harbor ran on the dock at the steam saw-mill, staving in her bow and stern, and sinking the vessel almost immediately.

Nov. 6 - The Almeda is at Big Sodus, having rode out the gale, and losing all of her sails and deck load of lumber.

Nov. 6 - The schooner Cherokee is in trouble under Long Point, Lake Erie; one account says she is dismasted.

Nov. 5 - The brig Helfenstein is ashore high and dry at Grand River, a feeder to the Welland Canal. The schooners North Star and Chief Justice Marshall are ashore at the same place.

Nov. 6 - Forwarder, loaded with lumber, is reported by a fisherman ashore two miles below Fort Ontario.

Nov. 6 - The schooner Admiral, bound from Toronto to Oswego, with wheat, lost some of her sails in the gale, and was driven down to Cape Vincent.

Nov. 7 - The schooner Carrier Dove, with wheat, from Hamilton to Oswego, put into Kingston leaking, and was towed over Tuesday night by the steamer America. A portion of her cargo is damaged.

Nov. 6 - The schooner Star of the North, from Chicago, arrived at Oswego, with loss of fore sail and main gaff. The latter was carried away when the vessel was coming in between piers.

Nov. 7 - The schooner Ellen Gillmore was wrecked on Long Point, Lake Erie, and the Captain, his son, and two seamen, were lost. The schooner Wave took off five of the crew.

Nov. 5 - The Canadian schooner Lochiel, bound from up the Lake to Kingston, was driven into Oswego, and owing to the heavy sea, struck bottom in the channel, and received some damage. Her cabin, which was on deck, with her compass, were lost outside. When she was working round inside the east pier, a man was knocked overboard by the fore boom and instantly killed.

Nov. 7 - The propeller Racine is aground in the bay at Erie.

Nov. 6 - The barque Malta had her canvass blown away, and lost her best bower anchor and chain in Georgia Bay (sic), Lake Huron. Made the port of Collingwood.

Nov. 6 - The schooner Ithaca, from Buffalo, for Toledo, split canvass, broke main boom, and lost her best bower anchor, with 60 fathoms of chain, in the gale under Long Point.

Nov. 3 - The brig Boston, laden with lumber, is ashore 18 miles south of Chicago, and belongs to Cobb & Anderson, Chicago.

Nov. 6 - The schooners Hamlet and McKay were sunk just in the piers at Chicago. The Hamlet was laden with coal and iron, bound in, and the McKay was light, bound out, and will probably be a loss. The Hamlet was scuttled and will probably be got up and saved. She belongs to Barney, Corning & Co., of this city.

Nov. 7 - The schooners Thomas Dyer, Lady of the Lake and bark Stevens, are aground at Chicago, and all more or less damaged.

Nov. 7 - The schooner International, a Lake Navigation vessel, was against the north pier at Chicago, pounding badly, with the tugs making efforts to bring her in.

Nov. 6 - The schooner Caleb Harrison is ashore near Milwaukie.

Nov. 7 - The schooner Undine is ashore at Muskegon, and leaking badly.

Nov. 8 - The schooner Young America is at Beaver Island, leaking badly.

Nov. 10 - The propeller Chicago, while entering Buffalo harbor, broached to, and ran bow on to the west pier. She was shortly relieved by the tug Vail, and sustained only slight damages.

Nov. 10 - The barque Mary Stockton, in going into Buffalo, ran foul of the schooner Sophia Smith, doing considerable damage to both vessels.

Nov. 10 - The propeller Tonawanda, from Buffalo for Chicago with a full cargo of merchandize, when within a few miles of Erie, broke some portion of one of her engines, and returned to Buffalo. It will take two or three days to repair her.

Nov. 10 - The owners of the propeller Sandusky, ashore at Conneaut, have abandoned all hopes of getting her off, and have stripped her.

Nov. 8 - The schooner Sebastopol is ashore 12 miles below New Buffalo. She had 400 tons of coal for Chicago. The crew had been 40 hours in the rigging and around before they got off, but all were saved. She is on the sand, and may be got off. Belongs to a man in Huron.

Nov. 11 - The Propeller Wisconsin, of the Northern Transportation Co's line, bound from Ogdensburgh to Chicago, with a large freight and some 60 passengers, burst her steam chimney or water jacket soon after leaving the Canal on Sunday, scalding one of the deck-hands so severely that he cannot survive. She was towed into Gravelly Bay, and from thence to Buffalo, by the tug R.L. Howard. She will be repaired and proceed on her voyage in a few days. We understand her passengers will be forwarded on the Propeller Mohawk.

Nov. 16 - The Propeller Neptune, bound from Chicago to Buffalo, was at the South Manitou, disabled. Her deck load is to be discharged and she will proceed to Detroit.

Nov. ? - The tug Hadley has been lost on Lake Huron. No particulars.

Nov. 11 - The Schooner Marion is ashore at Presque Isle, Lake Ontario.

Nov. 11 - The Schooner Charlotte is also ashore near Presque Isle, Lake Ontario.

Nov. 11 - It has been ascertained that the propeller which foundered on Lake Ontario during the late gale, is the J.W. Brooks, belonging to the Northern Transportation Company. Every soul on board was lost. Insured for $10,000.

Nov. 10 - The scow Brant, sunken at the mouth of the Bay of Sandusky, was raised and towed into port. We did not learn if she or her cargo was much injured.

Nov. 8 - The Schooner Lilla Dancy, of Goderich, was driven ashore on Point Frederick.

Nov. 10 - The Schooner Georgiana is on the reef at Port Colborne, with load of lumber for this port. Deck load lost. Crew saved.

Nov. 11 - The Schooner Caroline is ashore near Whitby, C.W.

Nov. 11 - The Schooner Superior bound up for Lake Superior from Chicago with a full load of freight and some passengers, left the Canal at the same time, and since then has not been seen either at Grand Island or at any other point, and there is the greatest probability that she has gone down with all on board. It is barely possible that she stood out into the Lake and ran straight for Superior City.

Nov. 11 - The Steamer Lady Elgin, which left the St. Mary's River for Chicago, Nov. 1st, had not, at latest advices, reached her port or been heard from elsewhere.

Nov. 12 - It was the Brig Rey and not the Giddings, that is near Chicago dismasted.

Nov. 12 - The Schooner Kyle Spangler, with a cargo of wheat to Oswego, is reported ashore 12 miles above that port.

Nov. 14 - The Barque John V. Ayer of this city left Chicago on the 3d, with a cargo of 17,000 bushels of wheat, consigned to Wm. Fogg & Co. of Oswego, and probably foundered in the severe gale of the 4th, as nothing has been heard of her since. The Captain's trunk and portions of her cabin washed ashore near St. Joseph.

Nov. 12 - The City of Hamilton, with a cargo of flour from Hamilton for Ogdensburgh, sprung a leak in the recent gale, and was run on the Canadian shore, where she sunk.

Nov. 12 - The schooner Rapid, bound up from Buffalo, on getting underway to proceed on her voyage, ran into the brig Ellen Parker, bound down with wheat, striking her amidship, and cutting her down badly. The Captain of the Ellen Parker finding her sinking, got her in as near the shore as possible. She was full of water when she reached the beach. The cargo will be a total loss, and probably the vessel. After she reached the shore, the schooner Eldred dragged her anchors and backed on to the Parker, carrying away her bowsprit and damaging her badly about the bow. The Eldred lost her rudder, damaged her stern-post, etc., so that she could not proceed on her trip. She was bound up. The Rapid carried away her head gear and is somewhat damaged about her bows, though not very serious.

Nov. 11 - The schooner Isaac Buchanan is ashore at Presque Isle, Lake Ontario.

Nov. 13 - The steamer Lady Elgin has arrived in Chicago.

Nov. 12 - The steamer Mazeppa, Canadian, is ashore at Saugeen, and reported a total loss.

Nov. 12 - It is reported from Long Point that the schooner Cherokee was last seen about fifteen miles eastward of that place, on the evening of the 4th, and no doubt is entertained that she has sunk.

Nov. 4 - The schooner Dora, loaded with lumber, went ashore some four miles this side of Waukegan. The vessel was pounding badly and may prove a total loss.

Nov. 12 - The steamer Mohawk has sustained great damage in the recent gale. Capt. Hollywood had to cut away her upper cabin to prevent her from going ashore. Her smoke-pipe was blown away. Much of her cargo is damaged. She is being repaired at Port Dover.

Nov. 7 - The little schooner Ellen, owned by Messrs. Craig & Bro., of Detroit, during the heavy gale, dragged ashore, pounded on a reef and sank, near Black River Island, Thunder Bay. She was bound from the latter place to Detroit, with four hundred barrels of fish. Her cargo was lightened off and taken ashore.

Oct. 29 - The steamer Superior was lost in a storm on Lake Superior, near Grand Island. Her rudder being carried away, the boat fell into a rough sea. Despite all efforts, the water commenced putting out the fires. The boat struck the rocks and went to pieces. Thirty-five lives lost and sixteen saved.

Nov. 12 - The brig Kirk White, with a cargo of 6,700 bush wheat from Chicago for Oswego, is ashore at Bois Blanc Island, near Mackinaw. The vessel and cargo will be a total loss. [Cleveland Commercial Gazette]

p.3 Stolen - yawl boat from brig British Queen, Capt. Wade.

Imports - 22,24.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1856