The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1863

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p.2 A Heavy Gale on Lake Superior - A very heavy gale occurred on Lake Superior on Friday the 28th ult. The oldest steamboat men on the lake pronounce it the heaviest they ever experienced. The steamers Michigan and Sunbeam were caught in it above Eagle Harbor without any possible chance of making a harbor. The Sunbeam was last seen about nine o'clock on Friday morning. The Michigan became unmanageable and continued so throughout the day, the waves making clean breaches over her upper works.

At three o'clock p.m. all was given up for lost as the boat was rapidly drifting towards the shore. The passengers were provided with life preservers and floats and everything done to facilitate the escape of all on board as soon as possible. As the boat neared the shore, about three miles from Eagle river - a reef of rocks was discovered about a quarter of a mile from the shore, on which it seemed evident the boat must strike. The engines were stopped, and the boat drifted some distance, finally being lifted over the reef as by a miracle, without striking. The anchors were immediately lowered, and the boat saved. Throughout the day the passengers, especially the ladies, behaved with great coolness and presence of mind. When it became known that all was safe, the scene that ensued must have been seen to be realized.

The Ottawa Canal - memorial in favor sent to Duke of Newcastle.

p.3 Imports - 7,8; Clearances - 7,8.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1863