The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 23, 1859

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p.3 storm, Champion and New Era safe. [Globe]

-str. New Era aground. (paper in poor condition)

The wind blew a gale on Tuesday night, and about midnight it rained heavily. The steamer Champion, which left this harbor at 6 o'clock, after having made some progress en route to Toronto, was obliged to return to port yesterday morning. The New Era left Toronto at nine o'clock Tuesday night, and bravely baffled the storm, reaching this harbor at noon. We copy the following from the Globe of Saturday:

"The steamer New Era left the Custom House Wharf at her usual hour, three o'clock, yesterday afternoon. She attempted the Eastern Channel although it was blowing a westerly gale at the time, and doubts were entertained by parties standing on the various wharves whether she would be able to get through. She had only proceeded a short distance into the channel when it was found that the water had fallen, in consequence of the wind, upwards of six inches. The New Era was drawing about six feet six inches, ....


...steamer. A stout hawser was got from the New Era, with aid of row boats, and was made fast to the capstan on board the Bowmanville. The signal was given by Captain Perry to "go ahead," and it appeared that they would be able to tow the New Era off, when the hawser snapped asunder. In a short time the end of it was again got on board, and to make sure of being strong enough it was on this occasion doubled. The Bowmanville then made preparations to get under way when a sudden gust of wind caught her, and in a few minutes she was "hard and fast" also. By pumping the water out of her boilers she was lightened and was enabled to return to port about half past seven o'clock in the evening, after being four hours aground. The Fire Fly went off to the New Era about half-past seven o'clock to render her assistance. She sailed up alongside, and a portion of the New Era's cargo was transferred to her deck. This enabled the larger steamer to float into deep water. The cargo was again received on board, and the New Era proceeded down the lake shortly after nine o'clock."

p.4 loads of Evergreen City increasing at Collingwood.


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Rick Neilson
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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 23, 1859