The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1860

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p.2 The Schooner Tornado - We hear that two of the bodies of the crew of this unfortunate vessel have been found inside the vessel. Capt. A. Donaldson, brother of the Captain of the Tornado, accompanied by some others, left the city yesterday for the wreck to make further search.

-str. Ploughboy missing. [Collingwood Nov. 27th]

The Late Storms and Their Effects


...The Buffalo Express of Monday had fears of great disasters at sea, as a large number of vessels with valuable cargoes were out in the gales of Friday and Saturday. In its own neighborhood it mentions the loss of the schr. Comet (before reported), with a cargo of 21,000 bushels rye, went ashore in the bay opposite Tiff's ? farm, about one o'clock in the afternoon. The situation of those on board the vessel, says the Express, was one of great exposure and suffering, though not immediately perilous, and steps were at once taken to rescue them from their perilous position. The Government life boat was taken on wheels to the beach opposite the vessel, launched through the breakers, a stout hearted crew, seven vessel captains, and the trip to and from the schooner safely accomplished, though with the greatest difficulty. Capt. Eastwick, of the Comet, was nearly exhausted by cold and fatigue when rescued, and all on board were suffering severely. The next morning the life-boat which had done such good service was found dashed to pieces against a breakwater, it not having been properly moored. The Express reports several other vessels which were driven ashore, among which were some in port lying at anchor. The schooner Miranda, the Express says, had been lying at anchor under Long Point (Canada) for several days, but parted her chains at 9 o'clock on Saturday night, when Capt. Gibson headed her for Buffalo, which she reached at 7 o'clock, under her jib, the others being embedded in ice. The vessel was a complete mass of ice. Her master had a hard time, standing at the wheel nearly all night. His feet and one hand were frostbitten. Capt. G. reports a fleet of 30 vessels at anchor under the Point. We shall doubtless hear of fearful shipwrecks on the upper lakes, especially Michigan and Huron, where wind storms are particularly destructive to life and property.


Port Dover, C.W., Nov. 27th.

The propeller Jersey City, from Cleveland, with a cargo of flour and pork, is a total wreck 2 miles from Long Point. Sixteen of her crew and one passenger are lost. The saved are Capt. Monroe, two firemen, one wheelsman and one passenger, named Randall. Five bodies have been picked up. Those saved report that nearly all reached shore, but perished in the snow storm. The captain's and passenger's hands were badly frozen. The two engineers were found frozen to death, 300 years from the lighthouse, locked in each other's arms. The cargo is strewed along the beach for miles. The captain arrived here today.

Customs Imports -

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1860