The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 10, 1859

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p.2 Incendiarism - burning of Britannia to water's edge at Anglin's wharf; had been laid up all summer, was for sale.

Old's & Co. very successful fishing - [Hamilton Times]

Losses In The Lake Trade - many vessels loaded with grain have been lost, many storms, premiums are higher, etc.

p.3 Imports - 9.

Marine News

The Detroit Free Press says that the lighthouse on the St. Clair Flats, which has been in process of construction for a year or more past, has just been completed, and was lighted on Monday night for the first time. There is both a lighthouse and a beacon. The structures are upon the prolongation of the central line of the cut for the straightening of the channel through the St. Clair Flats, the beacon at the first bend of the channel above the cut, and the light-house 1000 feet in rear of the beacon. The light-house and dwelling are built of brick. Their color is yellow. The focal plane is 44 feet above the water. The illuminating apparatus is a catadioptric lens of the fourth order of Fresnel, showing a fixed light of the natural color, which should be visible in ordinary weather a distance of twelve nautical miles. The beacon is also built of brick, and its color is yellow. The focal plane is 28 feet above the water. The illuminating apparatus of the beacon is a catadioptric lens of the fifth order of the system of Fresnel, showing a fixed light of the natural color, which should be visible in ordinary weather a distance of ten nautical miles.

The following sailing directions have been issued by the Light-house Board:-

"Navigators on Lake St. Clair may take the range N. 56 deg. E. in approaching the excavated channel, when from 2 to 8 miles from the light-house. The entrance to the cut is 1 1/2 miles from the light-house.

At about 900 feet from the beacon, the lights will appear as one from the deck of an ordinary vessel, and at this point vessels should gradually turn to the right, making an angle of 49 degrees in a distance of 1500 feet. The turn will be completed when the distances from the light-house and beacon to the vessel are the same. The course is then S. 75 deg. E. for a distance of 3700 feet, (nearly three-quarters of a mile) when another gradual turn is to be made towards the left, making an angle of 56 deg. in a distance of 1800 feet; then a course N. 48 deg. E. takes a vessel into a part of the river which has well defined banks."

Disaster On Lake Ontario - Loss of the Schooner Twilight - We received the following despatch by the Charlotte Telegraph last evening:-

Charlotte, Nov. 2nd, 1859 - The schooner Twilight, Capt. Foster, filled and capsized, about 15 miles from this port, last night. She was bound from Sodus to this place with wood, and when about five miles from here sprung a leak, the wind blowing from the westward. Capt. Foster, seeing that it was impossible to make this port, bore up and ran down the lake. He threw over her deck load, but the water gained rapidly on the pumps, and was soon over her deck; every sea going over deck, when she capsized and sunk - all the crew but the captain going into the lake. Capt. Foster jumped into the water and swam to the small boat, which had got adrift, and was their only hope, and finally succeeded in taking off the crew, who were clinging to parts of the rigging. The Twilight was about 15 miles from shore, and after rowing for about 12 hours, the crew were picked up by the propeller J.L. Tucker, Capt. Soper, and brought to this port. The crew saved nothing from the vessel. The Twilight was owned by Capt. Onderkirk, of this place, and was not insured. [Rochester Democrat, 3d]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 10, 1859