The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1864

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p.2 Launch - Mr. Gildersleeve's new iron steamer intended for the Bay of Quinte route instead of the steamer Bay of Quinte, will be launched from the ways foot of Gore street on Wednesday next (tomorrow) at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

City Council - petition from C.F. Gildersleeve, asking for the privilege of placing his new iron steamer in the slip known as "Fenwick's slip" for this winter, for the purpose of putting in the engines, etc. Granted.


Bowmanville, Dec. 12th - On Saturday night the steamer George Moffatt encountered a dreadful storm. At about 1 o'clock on Sunday morning, when opposite this place, her smoke stack was blown off, whistle-pipe broke, and in consequence her engine could not be worked, leaving her at the mercy of the waves. Shortly afterwards, when about two miles west, near Raby Head, she went ashore, and is now fast between two rocks, with her stern towards the shore. The sea ran high all day, at times making a clean breach over her. There were on board 18 men and one woman. About 1 p.m. one of the crew volunteered and succeeded in getting to the shore with a line. Large numbers of the inhabitants were on the beach to render help, but unfortunately the rope broke. Two more of the crew came off in the remaining boat, and reached land with another line; it also proved defective. The position now of those on board was very perilous, and great anxiety was felt by some for their safety. Towards evening the gale partly subsided, and all were safely landed, and are now comfortably cared for by the hospitable farmers in the neighborhood. The cargo is a total loss.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1864