The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 2, 1863

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p.2 Out In the Gale - The steamer Champion, which left Toronto on Friday at three o'clock, got into Kingston at noon on Saturday after a stormy passageof twenty-one hours, and immediately started on her down trip. The gale on the lake was unusually severe on Friday night and Saturday morning, but we have not heard of any damage beng sustained by steamers or sailing vessels.

Wind Bound - The steamer Kingston of the Royal Mail Line and the American steamer Ontario both lay up at their docks weather bound all day Saturday. The propeller Wellington also was laid up at Presque Isle by stress of weather. The steamer Banshee had taken shelter at South Bay.

In Distress - The barque Deshler, of Cleveland, bound for Liverpool with a cargo of grain, hoisted a flag of distress a short distance below Garden Island, on Saturday afternoon. Messrs. Calvin & Breck's steam-tug William immediately put out, and towed her into Garden Island. The Deshler lost her anchor, and sustained some trifling damage in the gale.

Ashore - During the severe gale on Saturday morning the schooner West Wind, heavily laden with grain, was driven from her anchorage, a short distance above Anderson & Ford's wharf, and drifted across to Point Frederick, where she became fast on the rocks. The steam tug Advance was shortly afterwards sent to her assistance, and in about half an hour succeeded in towing the vessel into deep water. At the time the schooner went ashore the gale was very severe, and considerable anxiety was felt for her safety. Several of the wharves were filled with spectators, who watched with much interest the efforts of the little tug to set free the grounded vessel.

To the Editor of the Daily News:

Sir - Your contemporary, the Montreal Transcript, suggests the propriety of calling the new iron steamer, at present building for the Canadian Steam Inland Navigation Company, the John Hamilton, in preference to that of the Grecian. I think our citizens will fully concur in this opinion also, as Mr. Hamilton may be called the founder of our navigation system, and it is but right that one who has been so instrumental in furthering the interests of our country in this respect, should have his name perpetuated, even if in so slight a degree as having a steamer named after him.

I am, sir, your obed't servant,

Kingston, Oct. 31st, 1863 Civis

Imports - 31.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 2, 1863