The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 10, 1859

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p.2 A Week Among the Thousand Islands - about fishing.

p.3 Wreck - Loss of 5 Men - Capt. John Miller, of this place, arrived in port today, (Tuesday), and brings the sad intelligence of the wreck of the schooner Euphrata, Capt. Klassen, off Kalamazoo, during the night of the 26th ult. From the only survivor of the ill-fated crew, who was taken from the wreck on Saturday morning about 11 o'clock by some fishermen, it seems the Euphrata left Holland, a place some seven miles north of Kalamazoo, with a load of lumber for the latter place, on Tuesday afternoon. During the night, about 11 o'clock, a heavy squall capsized her. Three of the hands lashed themselves to the deck-load of lumber, and have not yet been heard of - they probably perished. The captain, cook, and the man who was rescued, lashed themselves to the wreck. The captain had an arm and leg broken, and an eye knocked out by the falling of the spars; and this man says he was alive at daylight on Friday morning, but so dreadful were his sufferings that it horrified him to see it, and sometime during the morning he was swept away by the waves.

The cook remained on the wreck until Saturday a.m., when he too was carried off. About an hour after that the wreck was discovered, and the unfortunate survivor rescued from his perilous situation, almost dead from exposure and the horror of his situation. He states (but it is only just to say his mind indicated considerable wandering), that early on Saturday morning a fishing vessel came alongside, cut away their mainsail, and refused to take them on board, although the cook begged them to do so. We cannot bring ourself to think any crew, short of pirates, could be guilty of the act. The remains of the vessel washed ashore near Holland on Sunday. We are unable to learn the names of the crew, or the survivor. [Racine Advocate]

Disastrous Gale - Last Thursday afternoon one of the severest gales we have ever experienced commenced, and during the storm the schooner Union came ashore near the old channel at the mouth of Black Lake, and the schooner Commencement came ashore high and dry close by the north pier, having just missed the entrance. The schooner Euphemia (sic) capsized outside, and lost all hands but one.

At Kalamazoo river the schooner Crusader came ashore. [Holland (Mich.) Register, May 31st]

p.4 The steamer New Era passed up from Montreal yesterday evening, having on board 400 passengers, among whom were no less than fifty cabin passengers. They principally consisted of Norwegian Emigrants, destined for the far West. This is the largest cargo of "live stock" that has gone up this season.

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 10, 1859