The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1866

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p.2 A Mirage - The atmospheric phenomenon known as "mirage" might have been observed on Sunday evening between 6 and 7 o'clock, by looking towards the lake. The line beyond which this phenomenon was observable seemed to strike from about the middle portion of Amherst Island across to the southeast, for while the lower half of the island presented its usual appearance, the upper half was unnaturally distorted and thrown upward in columnar shape with an apparent height of two to three hundred feet. The upper line or cloud from this elevation stretched southward, upon which was thrown the image of objects. A barque sailing in front of this cloud presented a double appearance. While she appeared slightly distorted on the surface of the water, her image was inverted upon the background of the cloud referred to, and both blending together produced a curious sight. At the same time the ship and its shadow were again repeated in a more shadowy form, but distinct, in the foreground, the base being a line of smooth water. Another bark whose hull was entirely below the horizon, the topsails alone being visible, had its hull shadowed on this foreground, but no inversion in this case could be observed. It may be added that these optical phenomena in regard to the vessels could only be seen with the aid of a telescope, for the nearest vessel was at the time fully sixteen miles distant. The phenomena lasted over an hour, the illusion changing every moment in its character.

Steamboat Accident - At about half-past two o'clock this morning as the tug William was on her way up the river and had nearly reached the foot of St. John's Island, the Assistant suddenly awoke the Head Engineer, Mr. Flanigan, with the unwelcome intelligence that the vessel had sprung a leak and was making water very fast. When the latter got to the hold the water reached to his knees, and before the bilge injection could be set to work it had risen to his waist. The leak was got under in about two hours, when the leak was temporarily secured, and the vessel worked up to Garden Island, where she has since been repaired. The damage consists in the breakage of the planks, forward, at the bluff of the bows, about a foot below water mark, where a hole a foot and a half long by four inches in width, was discovered, supposed to have been made by the steamer coming in contact with a piece of timber while under full headway.

The Ferry Steamers - The steamer Watertown has been placed on the route between this city and Cape Vincent, and the Pierrepont has taken the place of the Gazelle on the Kingston and Wolfe Island ferry route.

-A new arrangement is being inaugurated for the transportation of lumber, which consists in the use of propellers especially adapted for that purpose. Already several are performing their trips with regularity. They have no upper works forward of the engine room, which gives additional space for freight. These steamers carry from 180 to 200 M feet each, make good time, and are well adapted for heavy weather. Two of them, viz. the East Saginaw and G.W. Bissel, are new this season. They are well modelled and substantially constructed. [Detroit Free Press]

p.3 Imports - 7-9; Exports - 7.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1866