The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1856

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p.2 Another Wreck on Lake Ontario - Beaver Ashore - We are compelled to record another marine disaster on Lake Ontario. The brig Beaver, bound from Oswego to Hamilton with a cargo of railroad iron, went ashore yesterday at Braddock's Point, 12 miles west of the Genesee River. The captain and crew reached the shore in safety, but the vessel lies in a dangerous situation, and from what we hear is likely to prove a total wreck. The Captain states that a snow squall prevailed at the time of the disaster, and he thinks his compass was out of order. This is quite probable, as a cargo of iron will often render the compass unfit to be trusted. Strange as it may appear, this is the fifth vessel within five or six years which has been wrekced near Braddock's Point, under similar circumstances. They were laden with railroad iron which affected the compasses. We have no further particulars in regard to the wreck of the Beaver. The captain says the brig and cargo are insured in an office at Oswego. [Rochester Union]


Marine Disasters

[Milwaukee Sentinel 3d]

A storm from the north-east, accompanied with driving snow, set in on Monday night, and by midnigth the gale grew to be quite severe, and increased all day yesterday, till towards evening it was scarcely possible to keep one's feet in the streets, and great drifts of snow were piled up against the buildings wherever the eddies of the storm carried the masses which filled the air. It was almost as wild a day as we ever have seen in Milwaukee.

On the lake, the gale was terrific, and we expect to hear of great distruction among the vessels still out, of which there are quite a number. We were mistaken yesterday in stating that the propeller Edith, which arrived on Monday morning, was the last one to come, as the Nile is still out, with a very valuable cargo - some $250,000, for this port, the Sun and Young America, for Chicago mostly, and, we believe, the Mt. Vernon, for this port. Besides these, many sail vessels are known to be on the way up.

On Monday evening last, at about dark, the propeller Ogdensburg had got in safely. She will probably be laid up here. The propeller Dunkirk, which left on Sunday for Buffalo, returned safely to port yesterday morning at about 8 o'clock. The schooner Storm King, which has been ashore at Manitous, was towed into port just in time to escape the gale, but somehow got afoul of the brig Algomah inside of the old government piers, and both vessels sank, in a place more dangerous to other vessels trying to get in, than to themselves. The schooner Charlotte got safely in with but slight damage. The schooner Emma, having been got off from a dangerous position on the other side of the lake, was brought into this port safely.

The greatest interest was felt yesterday in the fate of the schooner Welland, which at daylight was seen to be dismasted in the bay, and dragging in towards the shore. At 11 o'clock, her anchors held her, rolling and pitching about in the rising sea, opposite the end of the south pier, and some 600 feet east of the new Straight Cut Harbor Piers. She had up a jury mast, with her ensign union down, and the men on board, exhausted with their night's work, anxious to be relieved. In spite of the driving, blinding storm, which rendered it almost impossible to stand in the neighborhood of the piers, there were many vessel captains, sailors, and others on hand, watching anxiously for an opportunity to render assistance. The life-boat was brought around, and plenty of men stood ready to man it at the word. At about eight o'clock, p.m., the chain of the heaviest anchor parted, and the other just held long enough, as it appeared, to give a fortunate direction to the helpless hull, and amidst the breathless anxiety of the lookers-on, she was driven by the waves straight in between the new harbor piers, and got safely into the river, and the men on board all saved. Thus has our new harbor already commenced its work of saving life and property.

The gale rose higher in the night, and we cannot but expect to hear of many disasters by it. It was a wild time ashore but out on waters like these fresh water seas, it must have been terrible. It was thought that more vessels were at anchor out in the bay, but the storm was so thick that none could be fairly distinguished.

Marine Intelligence - The schooner Frank Pierce which was recently ashore at Port Credit, has been got off without damage.

It is feared that the schooner Live Yankee will go to pieces, and slight hopes are entertained of getting off the Canadian, ashore near Oakville. She lays badly on a rocky surface, and the united efforts of the steam tug and a steamer have failed in moving her. She is owned partly by Mr. Romain, of Oakville, and partly by Captain Crooks, her commander. This was her first season.

The J.G. Beard remains still in her old position, and as it was impossible to pump her dry by the appliances here, a steam-pump is expected from Buffalo today or tomorrow. It is thought she will get off. This vessel ran ashore, during the gale of Tuesday, in consequence of the captain mistaking a light, imprudently placed on the wreck of the Monarch, for the lighthouse.

The brig Baltimore, of Cobourg, C.W., with a cargo of corn and pork from Toledo to Cobourg, when near Round O, lost small boat, washed out gangway, and threw overboard 35 barrels of pork, amd made for this port, where she arrived yesterday afternoon, and her Captain noted protest. [Globe]

Port of Kingston - Imports - 6,8.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1856