The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1868

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p.2 The Gale - The gale of Friday and Saturday last was productive of much mischief on the upper lakes, but we have yet to learn of any serious disaster on Lake Ontario. Despatches from Buffalo announce the advent, on the night of Friday, of some forty vessels in the bay, driven there by stress of weather, all of them having lost spars, anchors, or canvas, among which are the following: Barque Tamar, ran in with loss of jibs, jibboom, and squaresail, and in a leaky condition; the schooner Grey Eagle lost her large anchor and a portion of cable, but fortunately, by means of her small anchor, she was enabled to bring to safely near the Canada shore; the barque City of Milwaukie had her topsail and windlass carried away; the barque Excelsior lost her small anchor; the schooner Philo Scoville her jibs and centre-board; and the schooner Young and barque Butcher Boy both jibs. An unknown schooner was reported by Captain Elsey of the schooner Garnett as having foundered off the cut at Long Point when he passed on Saturday. The crew could not be seen, and it was supposed they were saved. The names of a large number of vessels are reported as having lost more or less of their canvas on Lake Erie during the gale, and numbers of barges having in various parts broken away from their tugs and drifted ashore, but there are as yet no accounts of any serious loss of life.

On the Shoal Off the Martello Tower - This morning, the steam barge Dromedary, of Hamilton, one of a fine class of boats admirably adapted to lake navigation, and which will ultimately supersede the schooners at present in use for the transmission of grain and produce, in passing up to Swift's wharf to coal between the Martello tower and the wharf, kept too near the former, and grounded on the shoal there, and some time elapsed before she was got off. We should suggest the expediency of buoying the shoal. Two buoys would be sufficient, one on the extreme point of the shoal, and the other between it and the tower, which would serve as a guide for strangers visiting the harbour or moving from one point of it to another.

To The Editor Of The Daily News:

Sir - Having acted as river pilot of the new propeller Dromedary to Montreal and back to Kingston, it affords me much pleasure to speak in terms of great praise as to her qualities, not only her large carrying capacity, having fully 300 tons coming up, but also as to the way she behaved in the strong currents between the canals, equal to most of the boats I have navigated. She is also the best steering steamer I have put foot in. At Montreal and elsewhere I heard from envious parties disparaging statements regarding this craft which I herewith refute, and instead of her being a failure which many prophesied, and more wished, I unhesitatingly pronounce her a complete success, and wish her owners every prosperity.

(signed) John McArthur

Thorold, Nov. 2nd - As the barque Laura Calvin, of Kingston, was locking into Lock 16 about 9 p.m. today, a young man of 19 named Seraphin Campeau, got his leg cut off just below the knee, and otherwise severely injured, by the snubbing line on the vessel. Doubts are entertained of his living.

Port Rowan, Nov. 2nd - The schooner Scandinavian, bound from Chicago to Oswego with 12,000 bush. wheat, went ashore about ten miles above this place at 4 p.m. On Saturday, a vessel was sunk in 12 feet of water and is a total wreck. The crew and the captain's wife took to the rigging, and remained there until 10 a.m. yesterday, when they were rescued in an exhausted condition. They are all here now and doing well.

Port Colborne, Nov. 2nd - The Captain of the Grace Whitney reports a sunken vessel off Port Burwell, on Sunday morning early. The men at West Heads could render no assistance, owing to the gale and high sea.

The Captain of the Mountaineer reports seeing a large black barque supposed to be loaded with lumber, water-logged, about forty miles South-west of Long Point, with four or five men on the quarter-deck. He tried for over two hours to get them off, but could do nothing - the sea being too high. He also saw the sunken vessel, but only one man was then on her.

The Propeller City of Boston saw her too, but no one was on at the time.

The Captain of the Schooner Light Guard reports two barges, Empire and Cleveland, loaded with lumber, water-logged in the middle of the lake, no person on. It is supposed they were taken off by a tug which had them in tow. The Captain says Friday night and Saturday they had the heaviest weather they ever experienced.

The brig H. Roney of Kingston arrived with centre-board and top-sail gone.

The schooner Amoskeag lost her jib.

The Caroline of Cobourg lost her foresail; she saw a large barque run under Long Point with all her canvas gone. Several other vessels which arrived yesterday and today were damaged more or less.

Vessels Passed Through The Welland Canal - Port Colborne, Nov. 3 - Up - Schr. Hercules, Cobourg, Erie, iron ore; barque Mary Jane, Kingston, Chicago, salt; barque R. Gaskin, Kingston, light; schr. Camache, Oswego, Chicago, r r iron; schr. Mary Taylor, Kingston, Erie, pig iron; barque Mary Merrit, Oswego, Chicago, light; schr. S.J. Hally, Oswego, Detroit, salt; schr. Montpelier, Oswego, Chicago, r r iron; schr. South West, Kingston, Chicago, pig iron; schr. Son and Heir, Toronto, Cleveland, light; schr. Minnie Hasta, Ogdensburgh, Erie, iron; schr. Smith & Post, Oswego, Cleveland, salt.

Down - Schrs. Algerian, Milwaukie, Oswego, wheat; Ayr, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; Russia, Port Stanley, Kingston, peas; Corsair, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; prop Wm. Cowie, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; schr. Grace Whitney, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; schrs. Leander, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; Light Guard, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; Mountaineer, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; China, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; W.D. Allan, Chicago, Ogdensburgh, corn; props Prairie State, Toledo, Ogdensburgh, gen cargo; City of Toledo, Toledo, Ogdensburgh, gen cargo; City of Boston, Milwaukie, Ogdensburgh, gen cargo; schr. Caroline Coburg, Erie, Toronto, coal; brig H. Roney, Toledo, Kingston, timber; prop Henry Howard, Port Huron, Oswego, hoops and lumber; schr. A. Ford, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; schr. Nevada, Milwaukie, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; prop Milwaukie, Chicago, Ogdensburgh, gen cargo.

-letter about ship canal from Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1868