The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 19, 1864

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p.2 Loss Of The Steamer Illinois - This magnificent steamer, well known as one of the finest boats on the Lake Superior route, sank in Eagle Harbor, Lake Superior, while coming out of Eagle River, on Thursday morning last. She ran on a reef when about a mile from the pier, and knocked several holes in her bottom, from which she rapidly sank. The harbor at Eagle River is a basin of rock, some half a mile wide. A rocky reef borders it at sea, extending in a complete circle. The reef approaches very near the surface of the water, leaving but a narrow passage through which vessels can pass. The Illinois unfortunately missed this passage and ran hard upon the reef. Her prow sank in some eighteen feet of water, while her stern is in the air. The Cleveland made every effort to rescue her, but all was of no avail. There were no steam pumps to go to her immediate assistance, and there has been much rough weather since, so that it is probable that by this time she has been beaten to an entire wreck by the motion of the waves. The Cleveland rescued all her passengers and freight and brought them to Detroit.

-The Cataract, an American steamer, and the Empress, the Toronto and Niagara steamer, came into collision on Friday while coming down the Niagara River, as the former attempted to cross the bows of the latter. We learn, however, that she was not fast enough to do so, and that the Empress struck her amidships, on the starboard side, carrying away a portion of her paddle-box, and otherwise injuring her.

p.3 Imports - 17th - Str Gazelle, Gananoque - general cargo.

18th - St. Helen, Trenton - general cargo.

19th - Sch Free Trader, Picton.

Prop Her Majesty, Montreal - general cargo.

Str Pierrepont, Cape Vincent - Isaac Hance, 1 horse.

19th - Str Bay State, Lewiston - (mixed cargo)

Str Pierrepont, Cape Vincent - (mixed cargo)

Clearances - 18th - Prop Her Majesty, St. Catherines.

Str St. Helen, Montreal - general cargo.

Str Ottawa, do.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 19, 1864