The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1861

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p.2 Loss of the Schooner Sir Charles Metcalfe - The storm of Friday night last, though comparatively little felt at Kingston was not without its disastrous effects on the lake. The easterly gale, which blew very violently, was at its height between twelve o'clock on Friday night and three o'clock on Saturday morning. There were but few vessels out on Lake Ontario, and these, with the exception of the small schooner Sir Charles Metcalfe, appear to have weathered the gale. The disaster to the Metcalfe was first reported here by an American captain on Saturday, but further particulars have been furnished by Captain McEvoy of the schooner Queen of the Bay, and by other persons. Captain McEvoy reports that about two in the afternoon, on Saturday, when about ten miles west of Long Point, he saw the Sir Charles Metcalfe dismasted and in a sinking condition. He went to her, but the crew had left her and the boat was gone. He afterwards saw what he took to be the boat Metcalfe pulling for shore. The schooner's bow was under water at the time he left. We further learn that the schooner was laden with 194 tons of coal from Oswego to Messrs. Chewitt & Co., of the Victoria Iron Works in this city. She was under the command of Captain McNelly, and is owned by Mr. Meinicker (sic - Minaker ?) of Northport, Prince Edward county. The locality of the wreck is known as the Main Duck. A telegram makes known the important particular that the crew got safely to land.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1861