The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1862

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p.2 Capt. Gaskin's vessel, the St. George, which was reported to be wrecked, was taking in a cargo of grain at Detroit on Tuesday, the 8th instant, for this port.

-The lighthouse at Port Dalhousie took fire on Wednesday morning, and is so badly damaged that it cannot be used for the present.

Direct Trade With Norway - The Pioneer Vessel

A few weeks ago we noticed the arrival of the barque Sleipner, Captain Waage, at this port, from Bergen, Norway, with passengers and freight, en route to Chicago. In due time the trim little craft reached its destinationl; and being the second European vessel (the first from Norway) that had gone there direct, Capt. W. was feted in great style, not only by his own countrymen, but by the merchants.

A day or two ago the Sleipner came into this port again, on her way to Bergen; and upon inquiry we find that the voyage is an experimental one, made at the instance of two prominent Norwegian merchants, with a view of establishing future trade with Montreal and Chicago. We understand the venture has realized expectations; and Capt. Waage is taking home with him a miscellaneous sample of what may soon become articles of extensive commerce between his native country, Canada, and the North Western States.

The principal articles on the Sleipner's manifest are:- Flour, Wheat, Rye, Indian Corn, Pork, Sugarcured Hams, Butter, Ashes, Candles, Refined Petroleum, Lamps for do., etc., etc. The sources for such articles hitherto, we believe, have been the principal English ports; but it is expected to be shown by the promoters of direct trans-Atlantic trade that their most profitable market is on this side of the ocean; while their emigration arrangements will be productive both of economy and comfort to many of the Norwegians who annually come to the Western world.

We are told that a Company has been formed with a capital of $60,000 to place other vessels on the line, and to have arrangements so made that the enterprise shall be regularly entered upon next Spring; and already an order has been dispatched to the Clyde, to a well known builder in Glasgow we believe, for an iron barque of sufficient strength and capacity for this trade. It is intended that, in future, each vessel shall make two voyages in the year - the first one to be from Bergen, carrying emigrants through to Chicago, there loading with grain, etc., so as to be able easily to pass through the St. Lawrence Canals, the remainder of the home cargo to be taken in at Montreal. The second voyage to be to Montreal, and back to Norway.

One point is worth special mention here, viz., the expenses incident to St. Lawrence navigation. For instance, the cost of towage for the Sleipner thus far is, we understand, about $1000 - which has nearly all been incurred this side of Lake Erie, the Chicago people having, according to report, provided free of expense all the towing required on Lake Michigan. Now, we think it must be apparent that unless port dues and other charges on the St. Lawrence can be considerably lowered, the vessels that might come to Canadian ports will, in not a few instances, seek freights elsewhere. We heard yesterday of a shipowner at Halifax who, on being spoken to relative to sending a fine new vessel up the St. Lawrence, said that freight even at the enormous rate ruling did not always, everything considered, counterbalance the heavy expense incurred by strangers to the navigation, and that he preferred to go to New York and take grain to Liverpool at about 1s. sterling per bushel. An immediate remedy is called for. [Montreal Witness]

Loss Of The Schooner Dan Williams - One Man Lost

The schooner Dan Williams, Capt. Higgins owner, sailed from Napanee on Monday evening the 29th ult., for Oswego, with a cargo of 5000 hop poles belonging to Mr. Smith of Napanee, who was also on board with the captain, mate and four other men. After passing out of the upper gap near Long Point, she was caught in a great gale, when they put the vessel about and ran toward South Bay, but as they passed the gap the vessel leaned on her side, and there being no hatches she soon filled with water, and swamped about midnight on Tuesday night the 30th ult. A young man, named Vanalstine, who was in the hold asleep, was drowned. The rest of the party held fast to the wreck for some four hours, till she drifted within some two miles of land, when they let down the yawl and made their way safely to land on the shore of Prince Edward, near South Bay. The schooner drifted into the bay next morning, and upon cutting a hole in her deck the corpse of the said Vanalstine was taken out and conveyed to Napanee for interment, where his mother and friends were in deep sorrow for his sudden loss. He was also engaged to be married in a few weeks, and his intended bride took it much to heart. The schooner is a total loss, and it is thought that nearly half of the cargo will also be lost. No insurance. [Newburgh North American]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1862