The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1865

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p.2 Propeller Enterprise - The propeller Enterprize came into port this afternoon, having been compelled to return when within thirty miles from Oswego last night. She sailed from Port Dalhousie for Oswego. Her upper gangway was broken by the force of the heavy sea, as well as the lights in her saloon and wheel house. Experienced lake seamen say that the gale and sea of last night were as heavy as any they ever experienced on the lake.

The Steamer Ranger - Picton, Oct. 19th - The steamer Ranger, Capt. Gaskin, from Montreal, bound to Port Stanley, loaded with 300 tons merchandise, went ashore this morning on Timber Island bar, near False Ducks. She is in a very bad condition. If the wind blows hard from the southwest she will go to pieces. She has telegraphed for a tug and a lighter.

Propeller Ranger Ashore - The propeller Ranger went ashore at Timber Island, thirty miles from here, during the gale last night. The amount of damage has not been ascertained. The tug Ellen Jeffers, with a barge in tow to lighten her, went up this morning to the Ranger's assistance.

Vessels In The Harbor - A great many vessels were riding at anchor in the harbor during the greater part of the day, several of them having been driven in from stress of weather.

The Gale - Passengers by the steamer Kingston who arrived here this morning from Toronto, represent the gale on the lake last night as having been very severe. The Kingston left Toronto on Wednesday evening, and having got as far as Whitby, was compelled to return, owing to the high wind and sea she encountered. This accounts for the non-arrival of the steamer at this port yesterday afternoon, where she was due and expected at 4 o'clock.

Another American Gunboat Ascending the St. Lawrence

Yesterday a fine new American gunboat the S.P. Chase, arrived in port and is now lying at the new wharf near the mouth of the canal. She is commanded by Captain Stephen Cornell, the Executive Officer being David Evans, (who formerly commanded the Oregon sailing from Quebec,) 2nd Lieutenant Michael A. Heally, Chief Engineer, D.E. Chester; First Assistants, George W. Jones and Jas. McDonald. There are also three petty officers and twenty-five men, the full complement not being complete. The S.P. Chase was built by private contract, by Thomas Slack of New York, and is one of a series of six similar boats already built and intended for revenue purposes on the upper lakes. By the courtesy of the Executive officer and 2nd Lieutenant, we obtained the following particulars. The S.P. Chase is a paddle-wheel steamer of 500 tons, her length being 173 feet, breadth including paddle-boxes 51 feet, depth of hold ten feet, and drawing seven feet of water at present. Her build is very sharp, and she has an ordinary walking-beam engine with a 48 inch cylinder and nine feet stroke. Her full armament is five guns, but she has at present only two 24 lb Dahlgren howitzers and one 32 lb Parrot gun. In the centre of the vessel are two tiers of deck houses, containing offices, galley, etc. and her steering apparatus is at the front. She has two masts, and is schooner rigged, having quite the appearance of a sea-going boat, and we are assured is capable of a high rate of speed. The chief cabin and wardroom are below, together with berths for officers, etc, which are all neatly fitted up. The magazine is placed aft, a portion of it being beneath the wardroom. Owing to the great breadth of the paddle-boxes, one of them will have to be removed, together with the wheel, to enable the vessel to pass through the locks, and she will probably be detained a week here on that account. [Montreal Telegraph]

p.3 Imports - 19,20; Exports - 19.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1865