The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 16, 1864

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p.2 Supposed Loss of Sch. Opeechee and All On Board - On Friday last an item appeared under our marine head credited to the Buffalo Com. Advertiser, giving an account of a sunken vessel having been passed off Point au Pelee. A man was lashed to the fore-top-mast, but died from exposure, and hung suspended from the knees downward. The vessel which first discovered the disaster was the brig Banner, Capt. McEllegott, but the high sea running at the time prevented him from obtaining the body. The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser of Saturday, however, states that the body was since taken from the top-mast by Capt. Williams, of the schooner Denmark, who carried it to Buffalo. There was nothing about the person of the deceased that would indicate his name. It is not definitely known, as yet, the name of the unfortunate vessel mentioned above, at least, at the time of writing no such information has reached here. It is supposed, however, to be the schooner Opeechee, which vessel left Toledo on the 2nd inst., with a cargo of 6,400 bushels of wheat consigned to this port, since which time nothing has been heard from her. The Opeechee was a new vessel, having been built the past season at W. Kitts' ship-yard in this city. The mate's name was Charles Gillett, also a resident of Oswego. We are informed that the wife of Gillett accompanied him on the last trip. As it was her intention to return on the vessel, there is every reason to suppose that she has shared the fate of her husband, as well as all others on board, and met a watery grave. The Opeechee was owned by Messrs. Kitts & Chandler of this city. [Oswego Times]

The Fastest Trip On Record - The Welland Railway Company's new propeller, the Perseverance, has just made the fastest run to Kingston of any propeller that has ever sailed Lake Ontario. She made the trip from Port Dalhousie to Kingston, loaded, in sixteen hours and a half, consuming only twenty cords of wood, which is faster, we believe, by at least one hour, than any other propeller has made it, and this, it must be borne in mind, was her third trip down the Lake, when her greatest speed could not be reached, in consequence of the newness of her machinery. In about one month, if prophecies do not fail, she will beat any propeller that floats on Lake Ontario. She made the trip up from Oswego in 14 hours. [St. Catherines Journal]

p.3 ad - Royal Mail Through Line - str. Magnet for Toronto and Hamilton. Sept. 16.

ad - Royal Mail Through Line - str. Passport, Capt. J.R. Kelly, for Montreal. Sept. 16.

ad - American Express Line - For Sackets Harbor, Oswego, Rochester, Toronto and Lewiston - the str. Bay State, Captain Morley; for Clayton, Ogdensburgh, Montreal and Intermediate Ports - the steamer Cataract.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 16, 1864