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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1870

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The effects of the gale on Tuesday morning are much more serious than was at first anticipated. On Lake Ontario between here and Toronto, numerous vessels under sail, of which the following are a few, suffered and experienced the roughest treatment. The schooner Cora, with a cargo of barley from Kingston, went ashore near Oswego, and the schooner Flying Cloud was driven aground at Blind Sodus Bay, American shore. The schooner Ariadne, from Oswego to Kingston, arrived in port on Tuesday afternoon, minus her fore and main sails, which were entirely carried away, leaving nothing but bare masts to catch the wind. Her captain reports two schooners ashore at Timber Island, names unknown. Another schooner, which it is said could not weather the storm from the position she occupied, went hard aground at South Bay Point; and three others in the Upper Gap, the latter part of which statement, however, cannot be credited in the absence of definite information. The schooner Flying Scud, laden with barley, from Kingston, and which was previously mentioned as having returned, was caught in the gale at the foot of Wolfe Island, losing her gib and anchor. The steamer Hiram A. Calvin left Garden Island on Wednesday morning to pick up to pick up the raft of timber, which broke away from that place and floated down the river among the adjacent islands. The new schooner Benedict, belonging to Messrs. Rathbun & Son, Millpoint, aground at the Military Cottages, commenced unloading her cargo of lumber on Wednesday morning. As she now lies at water mark, she can be safely floated off when lightened. The American schooner Kate Robinson, of Chicago, will require both unloading and pumping before it is possible to attempt her removal from where she is at present stranded. Her bottom is stated to be badly damaged by the violent manner in which she was beaten and rolled on the rocks at the farthest point of Point Frederick. The barque Pride of America, lying between the Benedict and Kate Robinson, occupies the most difficult position of the three, requiring to be raised by jack screws upon a temporary ways and launched, a work attended with considerable expense. The schooner Orion and barque Robert Gaskin were also forced from their moorings at the time the gale sprung up; but were securely fastened together and anchored about one hundred yards from the harbour with no other damage than the loss of the forerigging of the former. A large number of vessels are thought to be ashore at different places west of Kingston, but on account of the lines of both the Dominion and Montreal Telegraph Companies being interrupted, communications, except with a few places, cannot be obtained. The steamer Watertown arrived from Cape Vincent on Tuesday evening about 7 o'clock. A telegram from Picton this afternoon states that the schooners Plough Boy and Belle Case are ashore on Wapoose (sic - Waupoos ?) Island. The schooner Marie, lying at anchor in South Bay, dragged and went ashore. A big vessel, name unknown, is ashore on Timber Island. There are two vessels, names unknown, ashore on the False Ducks; one of them has the appearance of a steamer.

The Steamer Corsican - This new steamer, which has been built for the Canadian Inland Navigation Company was launched yesterday at Cantin's dockyard at one o'clock. The launch was a most successful one. The moment the neighbouring whistles sounded the hour of one, a score of sledge hammers were raised, and wedges, blocks and stays were sent flying in all directions. The steamer rested upon skids parallel with the dock into which she was destined shortly to glide. She had therefore to be launched sideways, which seemed to the uninitiated rather a peculiar way of doing it, and one attended with some danger. By the time one o'clock had arrived, a considerable number of people had collected in the yard, watching with the greatest interest the disappearance of wedge after wedge, which shoved her upon the water-side. After about ten minutes' hammering the blocks were all removed, and then commenced the work of starting her. About two minutes sufficed for this work, and, once started, she glided down the skids without any further assistance, and rushed into the water with a sound like a small cataract, driving a wave up over the opposite bank which nearly overwhelmed a crowd of small boys who were gathered there to witness the event. The water having gained its equanimity and level, the Corsican was found to be floating with the ease and grace of a swan, drawing 5 feet 5 inches of water aft, and 4 feet 3 inches forward. The keel of the Corsican was laid in April last. She is built of composite, with heavy wooden plank bottom and iron top and sides of great strength. Her dimensions are 180 feet over all; 27 feet beam; and 11 1/2 feet depth of hold. Her iron work was done by Mr. A.A. Gilbert of this city; and the ship carpenters' work by Mr. Cantin; the whole being under the superintendence of Captain Howard. The Corsican has very large cabin and freight accommodation, indeed the largest of any of the line. Her engine and boiler were made by Gilbert. Her engine is known as an horizontal engine, on iron frame, with 44 inch cylinder and 10 feet stroke. Her whole draft is seven feet. Her fitting and style throughout are the same as the Spartan. She will make her trial trip to Hamilton next week. The new system of planking the bottom is found to be a great improvement, making it much safer in running the rapids. We understand that the Company intend planking all the boats of their line in the same way. [Montreal News]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1870