The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 23, 1857

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p.2 The Gale - Marine Disasters - The wind commenced blowing very fiercely last night from the N.W., accompanied by hail and snow at intervals, and a gale of great severity is seldom witnessed on this lake. Several accidents have occurred to vessels in the harbor, and fears are entertained for the safety of those which were supposed to be on the lake.

The sea is demolishing a portion of the stone pier, and vessels inside have been compelled to move to other quarters.

The schooner Diana, with part of a cargo of lumber, broke loose this morning from her moorings and was taken in tow by a tug, but the line parted and she drifted up against Miller's dock, where she pounded against timbers until she was pretty much broken up, and finally sunk. Her mainmast went by the board.

The schooner Helen Blood and brig Canton were in an uneasy position this morning, near O.M. Bond's lumber yard, and the former lost her bow-sprit and had her bulwarks stove. The brig, with the exception of having her canvas riddled by the wind, has received no material damage.

It was currently reported that a vessel capsized and disappeared this morning, some four or five miles off the harbor, and from what information we have gathered, we fear the report will prove too true. It is said by those who saw her that she was laden with lumber, and sailing under bare poles.

A vessel was seen about eleven o'clock some twenty miles from this, towards Kingston, which was supposed to be going down the lake.

The new ocean-built schooner, E.M. Peck, Captain Nickerson, which cleared yesterday for Cleveland with salt, arrived back this morning all right. The Buckingham left here with the Peck, but it is probable that she put into the Genessee.

The schooner Minnehaha, S.H. Lathrop, Dreadnought, Antelope and barque Adriatic, left the canal before the gale. They have probably put into the Genessee or some other port.

The report that the schooner Norwegian, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago for this port, had gone ashore at Gravelly Bay, is incorrect. A despatch from Buffalo this morning says she is probably all right, having passed into the canal Saturday. The report further adds: "Ocean Eagle still alive. Cannot last much longer - sea too high to do anything more."

The schooner Hudson, which went ashore at the Cape, above Kingston, a few days since, will, we understand, prove a total loss.

We quote the above from the Oswego Times. The Buckingham came to anchor in this harbor, but dragged, and is at the time of this writing off Point Frederick shoal, all right.

Caught In A Storm - sch. Petrel, Capt. Monsier, from Toledo, in trouble off Port Stanley.

p.3 Imports - 21,22.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 23, 1857