The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 26, 1857

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p.2 A Dead Body Found - The Oswego Times of Thursday mentions that the body of an unknown man was found on Wednesday, on the lake shore about six miles east of Oswego, near the residence of Captain King in the town of Scriba in Oswego county. The man was judged to be about forty-five years of age; five feet six inches high, brown hair; a scar over his right eye; had on a brown overcoat, plaid summer coat, with metal buttons, a plaid vest, stripped cotton shirt, dark satinet pants, coarse boots, no papers nor books or anything by which he could be identified.

The body was found in the hold of the Wm. Raynor, of Toronto, supposed to be the vessel which was capsized in the storm of Tuesday. It appeared there was a leak near the centre-board box, an attempt to stop which had been made with quilts and blankets. The vessel lay broadside, and the masts evidently went out after she struck the shore; it was believed she did not capsize until she struck the bank. She was without loading, and no appearance of having been loaded; the small boat supposed to belong to her was found a mile below on the beach; and it was suggested that the crew took to it and were thus lost. From the dress and appearance of the deceased he was not a sailor; and possibly not one of the crew; it was also suggested that the vessel seen to capsize, and which was said to have sunk, must have been some other than this one.

The Reindeer - We have been unable to obtain any further particulars in reference to the loss of this vessel than that given on Saturday morning. The only telegraphic messages received since state that two firemen, whose names are unknown, are saved, their feet badly frozen. The Reindeer was commanded by Capt. George Patterson, and was owned by Messrs. Hooker & Holcomb, and at the time of the accident was on her way from Chicago to Montreal, with a cargo; but of the manner of her loss we are still in ignorance. The officers and crew of the Reindeer mostly belonged to Kingston; and if the unhappy tidings be further confirmed, many a family here will be bowed down with grief.

Marine News

Collision - The schooner Perseverance, of the Lake Navigation Company, on her way from Waukegan to Buffalo with a cargo of wheat, collided with an unknown vessel in Lake Huron on Sunday night.

The night was dark and the weather very heavy and the other vessel's light was not seen until they were close on each other. They came together with a tremendous crash. The Perseverance had her jib-boom, bowsprit, cutwater, stem and head rail, all carried away clear down to her hood ends. She arrived here last night, leaking badly, in tow of the tug Dispatch. Her cargo will be transferred to another vessel, and she will doubtless go into dry dock.

p.S. - The vessel which collided with the Perseverance proves to be the schooner Oneida Chief of Clayton. Her midships were badly stove in, and several of her planks started. She was towed into port by the tug Bruce, and is leaking badly. She was bound up with a fair wind when the collision occurred. She will also go into dry dock.

The aggregate damage to the two vessels is not less than $1,000.

Marine Disasters - The schooner W.J. Whaling, with a cargo of wheat from Milwaukee to this port, in endeavoring to enter the harbor last evening, drifted to leeward and went on the north breakwater, where she now lies in a very precarious condition. She is a very fine new vessel, and as yet is not injured materially. If the weather continues favorable she will be got off. The vessel is fully insured. The cargo, consisting of 15,000 bu. wheat consigned to G.S. Hazard, is being rapidly taken out by the lighters today.

A dispatch from Port Colborne dated yesterday states that the brig Liverpool had just gone ashore near Morgan's Point. No particulars.

Another despatch to Bagnall & Dobbins, from Port Burwell, reports the steamer Louisiana ashore at that point. The propeller Relief had arrived with the necessary pumps, etc., to render assistance.

The schooner W.A. Adair dragged her anchors at Dunkirk yesterday, and drifted alongside of a propeller, sustaining severe damage by the collision. She is leaking badly and will have to discharge her cargo.

The bark Indiana, from Milwaukee to Kingston, with wheat, is reported as having seriously damaged her cargo on her voyage. [Buffalo Times Oct. 22nd]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 26, 1857