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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 17, 1856

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The Wreck at Port Hope & The Men Who Rescued

The Port Hope papers bring to us full particulars of the heart-rending disaster off their harbor, on Wednesday last, when the schooner Niagara was wrecked, and the subsequent action of the citizens of the town. The rescue was one of the most gallant acts we have ever recorded, and shows that the sailors of our lakes possess that same noble spirit - that disregard of danger, which characterizes their brethren of the ocean. It was not until third attempt, and after two brave men had perished in attempting the rescue, that the half-frozen crew of the Niagara were taken off. The names of the boat's crew who effected the rescue are Capt. Alward, Thomas and James Bassett, Capt. Polley, William Wakely, John Coulson, Mark May, James Button, Rob't Roberts, and Capt. Batteo. Capt. Stephen Paddock of the schooner Annie Maude, and Rob't Campbell, mate of the schooner John Wesley, were also of the number, and sacrificed their lives in the attempt. They were drowned when the second boat sent to the wreck swamped. The people of Port Hope held a public meeting and passed resolutions expressing in most glowing terms the admiration they felt for the men who had performed the brave deed in their presence. The meeting also resolved to raise a subscription for the relief of the family of Mr. Campbell. A committee to collect was appointed, and the handsome sum of $490 was taken on the spot. This action speaks well for the citizens of Port Hope, and shows that they can truly appreciate the spirit which prompts a brave and generous act and know how to reward it. [Union]

The Schooner Grapeshot - The Grapeshot, which in the late gale "shot" by this port, to which she was bound, and brought up safely at Chicago, with the loss of most of her deck load, is a singular one. She had on board a cargo of sugar, molasses, oils, etc. for wholesale dealers in this city, amounting to over $250,000, as reported, having been chartered by the American Transportation Co., to bring the cargo here. She is in Chicago. The merchants want their goods. The insurance companies don't touch them, for they are all right, except the portion lost overboard. The owner of the vessel refuses to let her be brought here, except at the risk of the A.T & Co., and that Co. rather than risk the loss of the vessel, prefers to let the goods remain where they are till Spring. There is probably work ahead for the lawyers. [Milwaukee Sentinel 10th]

Voyage From Lake Champlain To New Orleans Via the Lakes, Canals, etc. - sloops W.H. Wilkins and M. Canfield - through St. Lawrence canals, Lake Ontario, Welland Canal to Erie, Pa., where they entered the Beaver Canal to get to Ohio River.

- the 3-masted schooner Andrew Stevens in storm, driven back to Kingston with damaged sails.

The Ottawa Canal - engineer Walter Shanly has prepared survey. [Montreal Gazette]

Loss of the Schooner Belvidere And All On Board - capsized off Port Credit, 5 drowned.

Another Wreck - scow Cornelia beached near Ashbridge's Bay, cargo of freestone from Cleveland; sch. Lennox from Kingston to Toronto with iron and firewood, missing for three weeks. [Globe]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 17, 1856