The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 6, 1857

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(From the Rochester Union of Thursday evening)

The first disaster of the season on the Lakes, occurred this morning on Lake Ontario, but a few miles from our harbor. The schooner Fashion, of Bond Head, left that place yesterday bound for this port, with a cargo of three hundred and five barrels of flour, consigned to Darling & Co., commission merchants of this city. The weather was very heavy, and during the latter part of the day and last night there was a strong gale and tremendous sea running. The Fashion labored hard in the sea, and early in the night sprang a leak. Capt. Gibson, with a crew of five men, did all he could to keep the vessel afloat and steered for the Genessee River. The water gained rapidly, and the schooner was soon water logged and unmanageable. About two o'clock this morning, when the Fashion was about five miles off this harbor, she capsized. Captain Gibson and crew took the small boat and headed for shore, whch they succeeded in reaching, though some of the men suffered intensely from the cold. Their escape was indeed a fortunate one.

From the direction in which the wind was blowing, it was thought that the wreck would go ashore on Irondequoit Bar, and it may have done so ere this. The flour which washed overboard was drifting upon the beach just west of the piers, and the consignees have sent men there to look after the property. The Fashion was not a large vessel nor was she a new one. We did not hear that the vessel or cargo were insured.

The gale on the lake was very heavy, and the weather was intensely cold. The sea was running very high this morning. The steamer Maple Leaf did not arrive here at three this morning, as due, but was expected at noon. The tempestuous night was by no means inviting to Capt. Schofield, to leave a safe harbor and venture to cross the broad lake.

The Maple Leaf arrived about noon, having left Cobourg at 6 A.M. She had a large load of passengers. She encountered a very heavy sea going over yesterday, and was eight hours in reaching Cobourg. She could not discharge in time to leave at her regular hour, and will therefore remain until late this evening.

Later - The wreck of the Fashion drifted ashore two miles or more west of the piers this morning, and lies there a total wreck. The seas are breaking over her and may soon tear her in pieces. A hundred barrels or more of the flour has washed ashore and been hauled upon the land.

-prop. Kentucky left Oswego for Toronto on Friday - first of season.

Steamer Provincial For Sale

By Auction

On Saturday, 18th April Instant,

at 11 o'clock, A.M.

This vessel will be sold by Public Auction as she now lies at Borst's Wharf. She is built of pitch pine and live oak, coppered and copper fastened. Is an excellent sea boat, and well found in all respects. Her length over all is 184 feet, beam 46 1/2 feet, depth of hold 8 feet, cylinder 48 inch, stroke 10 feet, 200 horse power.

She has been lately put in thorough repair at an expense of 1,100 pounds.

Terms of payment - One fourth cash, the balance on approved security such as may be agreed on.

By order of the Board,


Toronto, April 4, 1857.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 6, 1857