The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 15, 1859

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p.2 The Steamer Bowmanville - This fine steamer, commanded by Capt. McMillan, after encountering untold dangers of a continued storm from Sunday to Monday night, reached this port in safety on Tuesday, and hence proceeded to Ogdensburgh to discharge her cargo, after which she will lay up in this harbor. A nautical friend who had intercourse with Capt. McMillan, while lying here, informs us that the telegraph statement from the Leader, in yesterday's News, was not exactly correct. It seems that the Bowmanville left Oshawa (not Darlington), on Sunday about 8:30 p.m. having on board three thousand two hundred barrels flour. The wind at the time was blowing a gale from the south-west, land wind. Captain McMillan steered for Whitby for about an hour and a half, thinking he could make that harbor in safety, but finding the boat was making no headway, the heavy sea constantly breaking over her, and the engineer reporting that she was making water so fast that the pumps would not keep her free, he turned her before the wind, in order to ease her, and endeavored to make Darlington; but the water gained upon them so rapidly that the fire in one of the furnaces was put out. The sea continuing to break over the boat, and there being no other alternative for safety, seven hundred barrels of flour were cast overboard, and after a hard struggle to keep afloat, they managed to get into the port of Darlington at twelve midnight, with three feet of water in the hold, and the fire almost extinguished.

To any one who knows the coast along the border of the County of Ontario, with its deep indentations and bays, and the fearful swell of the waters when the wind blows from the south-west, the indomitable energy and skill of Capt. McMillan in securing a harbor under such difficulties is worthy of all praise; at the same time we cannot see that he had any other alternative. With out making any commentary on the impropriety of taking in such a heavy cargo at this boisterous season, it is a matter of congratulation that both vessel and crew were saved.

We did not learn that the Bowmanville sustained any material damage. The flour thrown overboard was insured in the North Western, and belonged to John Smith, of Hamilton, and J. Warren, of Oshawa.

Canadian Schooners In Oswego - Dec. 9th - Grey Eagle, Ontonagon (Pappa), Alliance, (Hamilton), and brig Northumberland.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 15, 1859