The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 10, 1857

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p.2 A Move In the Right Direction - The Underwriters, Forwarders, Shipmasters and others interested in the navigation of Lake Ontario are about to petition the Government for the construction of a Harbor at Weller's Bay, in the County of Prince Edward. An opening one hundred rods wide, with a channel one hundred and fifty feet wide and fourteen feet deep has within a few years past been made through the beach from the lake to Weller's Bay, which is said to be capable of sheltering all the vessels which navigate Ontario.

The entrance to the harbor of Presque Isle is difficult, and frequently attended with casualties, and it is justly considered necessary to construct a harbor at the place mentioned which the mariner can safely enter in a storm. Several vessels, as our readers know, were driven ashore within a few miles of Weller's Bay, or, rather, the opening leading to it, which might have been saved had the entrance been known to the masters. There can be no doubt that the Government will entertain the prayer of the petitioner, and immediately take proper steps to erect a Harbor of Refuge to our fresh water seamen that will serve to encourage them in their arduous and dangerous calling. In fact, it is the duty of Government to render every aid in facilitating and advancing the interests of marine investments, which contributes so largely to the revenue of the Province and the convenience of the people; and we feel confident the object will be acceded to without any circumlocution or useless delays.

p.3 Oswego, Feb. 9th - The ice on the river began to move yesterday and rushed down with great force, tore 6 schooners from their moorings, sweeping all into the lake. Much damage was done to vessels in the harbor. Some canal barges are loose in the lake. Steam tugs have gone out in pursuit.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 10, 1857