The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1865

Full Text

p.2 The United States screw steamer Little Ada arrived up from Quebec early on Saturday morning, and moored at one of the wharves below the mouth of the Lachine Canal. The Little Ada was built on the Clyde in 1863, and since then has been one of the most fortunate and daring blockade runners on the Southern coast, having made at least eight or ten runs between Nassau and Wilmington, each of which more than repaid her original cost. Her owner could, therefore, well afford to lose her. When Wilmington was finally blockaded by sea and land by the United States troops under Major General Gilmore, and the United States vessels under Rear Admiral Porter, the usual blockade signals for the guidance of the blockade runner were kept burning as usual, by the cute Yankees, and the Little Ada falling into the trap, not suspecting that Forts Fisher and Caswell had been taken, ran in one dark night, after passing the blockading fleet in the offing, and came to anchor. In the morning she found that she had got into a hornet's nest, and soon after was captured. This, of course, was the last of the Little Ada as a blockade runner. She was then placed before the prize court, and immediately condemned, her cargo and destination being prima facie evidence of the presumed unlawfulness of her voyage. Her proportions, speed and build recommended her to the favorable attention of the Navy Department, and she was accordingly bought in and handed over to the United States Bureau of Survey, by whom she is now ordered to the Lakes. The Little Ada is an iron screw steamer of 190 tons, brigantine rig and fine sharp model, and carries twenty-four men. When seen on Saturday she was in anything but tidy rig, and far from "ship-shape." Many of her crew are blacks - fine, tall, strapping fellows, who seem disposed to take it easy, and some of them were clipping the manly locks of some of their white shipmates. The Little Ada moved into the Lachine Canal in the course of the evening and immediately proceeds to Lake Ontario. She carries no armament, merely the side arms of the officers. [Montreal Gazette]

p.3 Imports - 2,3.

Vessels To And From Canadian Ports Passing Through The Welland Canal - Oct. 2nd.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
Oct. 3, 1865
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Rick Neilson
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1865