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

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p.2 The Rochester Union of Wednesday says:

There was a storm on the Lake yesterday and still continues. It blows from the north east and has been attended by snow squalls. The schooner Elizabeth for Cobourg, and Isabella for Toronto, which sailed yesterday morning, put back into the river last night, unable to make headway. The brig Wm. Lewis, of and for Oswego, laden with wheat, came in here last night for refuge from the storm. She left Port Dalhousie on Monday night. The propeller Bay State, of Ogdensburgh, laden with beef, pork and lard, was disabled by the breaking of a valve rod, yesterday morning, about twenty miles above this port. The engineer took five of the crew in a small boat and put off for the shore to obtain assistance if necessary, and to get the rod repaired. After contending with the wind and waves the boat reached the shore under Braddock's Point, ten miles west of this harbor, at 4 p.m., six hours after leaving the propeller. The propeller was under canvas when the engineer left. He was in town this morning and went to Charlotte, hoping perhaps to reach the vessel if she met with no accident during the night. If he can get on board he will speedily replace the valve rod, and get steam on the engine. He telegraphed to Oswego and was answered that the propeller Ogdensburgh and a tug would be sent out in search of the disabled propeller, as soon as the weather would permit. The captain of the brig Lewis, which arrived last night saw the Bay State under canvass a few miles out, and and she appeared to be doing well. He could have offered her no assistance, so far as bringing her in, had it been asked for by the captain. Last night was a hard one for a disabled propeller to be drifting about the lake, and there well may be some fears entertained for her safety.

The same paper of Tuesday contains the following in reference to the Bay State:

The clerk, engineer and five men came ashore in a small boat, after six hours labor, and landed a few miles west of this port. The engineer brought his valve rod to get it repaired; meanwhile the captain, John Brown, kept the propeller under canvass. She worked her way to Lyon's Point, some eight or ten miles to the eastward of this port, and came to anchor, under the land, about two miles from shore. While at anchor, Captain Brown undertook the repair of the engine himself, and with the aid of the second engineer made a valve rod. He got up steam early this morning and came into port. The engineer, and the detachment of the crew with him, heard that the propeller was near Lyon's Point, and went there by land but too late to find her. She had come into the river.

Canal Tolls - declining in N.Y.

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