The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1860

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p.2 Shipwreck & Loss of Life - The severe storms of the early part of this week have, we fear, produced fearful consequences. On Monday the schooner Antelope, from Morpeth, laden with oats and peas, sank about half a mile from Port Stanley harbor, having sprung a leak, when the Captain and one of the hands were unfortunately drowned. The Captain's name was Cook; he belonged to Port Burwell. Last year he made two trips to Liverpool from St. Catherines. He left a wife and three children. The remainder of the crew, two men, took to the masthead, whence they were rescued by Mr. C.G. Forkner, of Port Bruce, who, aided by two men, ventured out in leaky boat to their assistance, at very great risk. They were found to be in the last stage of exhaustion, as they had been compelled to sustain the constant surging of a heavy sea during nearly six hours.

On Tuesday the Ocean of Chatham, while 15 miles out from Port Stanley, became waterlogged. The consequence was that her deck blew out and floated, while the remainder of the vessel went to pieces. To that portion of the wreck the crew betook themselves, where they remained until Sunday, without any food. A determined effort was then made by two of them to reach the shore, there being no vessels to be seen. To effect this they sat themselves astride of two planks, and after passing through a very severe trial, a storm raging the whole time, they reached Port Burwell on Monday. Others of the crew, still clinging to the wreck, were able to get to shore about the same time at some distance above Port Burwell.

The J.G. Scott went ashore at Port Burwell during the storm, but fortunately no lives were lost. The Champion of Oakville, having on board a cargo of peas, and bound from Port Stanley to Kingston, was out on Friday night, and became nearly swamped off Long Point. The seas broke heavily and continually over her, clearing her decks of everything but the masts, and tearing up the bulwarks. After encountering the gale during nine hours she was enabled to reach Grand River in safety.

The above accounts are compiled from the London Prototype and Free Press of Wednesday.

-Oswego canal business picking up; old boats being made seaworthy and new ones being built. [Oswego Times]

-a barge loaded with 10,000 bushels of wheat sunk in Cornwall canal.

Imports - 26,27.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1860