The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1870

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The terrific gale of wind on Tuesday morning has proved very disastrous as reports hourly received of further loss and damage fully shows. The following named vessels have been reported ashore or otherwise badly damaged since yesterday:- The schooners Emily and Shannon, the former with a cargo of barley from Wolfe Island, and the latter laden with the same grain from Napanee, bound for Oswego, have gone ashore at the upper gap, near McDonald's Cove, Lake Ontario. Both cargoes were insured. The schooner Saucy Jack, with stone from the Kingston Penitentiary to Blind Sodus Bay, ran ashore at Timber Island.

The schooner North Star after entering Sackett's Harbour, had the deck load of lumber and entire canvass carried away by the wind and sea, and a sailor named Ostender, supposed to be an American, washed overboard and drowned.

The schooner Fanny Leadford (sic - Ledford ?), with a cargo of wheat from J. Carruthers & Co., bound for Oswego, is reported ashore at South Bay, where no less than fifteen vessels are said to be hard aground - some of them total wrecks.

At the lower end of Lake Erie the gale was very severe. A despatch from Port Colborne says the schooner Garibaldi in trying to make the pier missed and drifted ashore where she is now broadside on. The schooner Victor, of Hamilton, returned to port last evening with the loss of both anchors and some sails. The brig Envoy lost her yawl. The schooner Lewis Mells lost some sails. The Tecumseh lost her boat, main boom and several of her sails. The propeller City of Boston, and a number of vessels from Detroit to Oswego, etc., had to return, being unable to stand the gale, the propeller having had her deck load of sundries carried overboard. The schooner Ada Mederat (sic) was driven ashore above Long Point, and a large quantity of pine and hard wood lumber floated in, which is thought to be deck cargoes of vessels passing in that locality. The schooner Octavia reached Port Colborne in a badly damaged condition, and the schooner Ida was drifted upon a bank near Long Point.

Several vessels have arrived at Oswego with loss of sails and deck loads. The schooner Advance, from Chicago, with barley, is ashore 12 miles up Lake Ontario.

At Cleveland the storm was the most severe of the season. The wind blew a hurricane from the northwest. Three vessels went ashore. Schooner G.W. Duncan went upon the beach west of the pier; she is little damaged, and can be pulled off when the weather changes. Schooner Emma Blake went on the old Toledo Railroad pier; she is a perfect wreck; all on board were lost. Schooner Mary, of Detroit, went on the old Pittsburg pier, and went to pieces very soon after; all on board were lost. It is not known how many there were in the crews. Not less than six lives were lost by these disasters.

The steamer Orion, Captain Butlin (Bullin ?), of the Goderich line, running between Chicago and Grand Haven, Mich., was wrecked in Grand Haven harbour this morning, and will probably prove a total loss. The passengers and crew were all safely got ashore. The Orion cost $80,000 and was insured for $24,000.

The barque Cavalier, which left Kingston on Monday for Chicago with 300 tons salt, was struck by the gale off Whitby, splitting her foresail, topsail and jibs. She returned here on Tuesday night. The schooner Annie Falconer, from Kingston to Hamilton with street rails, also lost her foresails and jibs, obliging her to put back for repair.

The schooner Annie Butler, of Cobourg; Catherine, of Hamilton; Florence Howard Troy, of Picton, and two other large vessels, names unknown, and also the scow Industry, rode out the storm at anchor behind Timber Island, and left on Wednesday morning all right.

A telegram from Oswego this afternoon says the schrs Royal Oak and Maria Antonette were towed into that port today dismantled. The propeller Bruno, with 300 tons of pig iron for Buffalo, was reported missing early this morning, but her owners, the Montreal Transportation Company, received information that she had passed through the Welland Canal all safe.

Rates To Kingston - A private telegram from Milwaukee today states that the rates of wheat have further advanced to 15c per bushel. There is a great demand for grain carrying vessels, which are very scarce.

Lake Erie - A large fleet of upward bound vessels have now collected in Lake Erie. Some one hundred sail have cleared for Buffalo and the canal, within the past few days. A great number of schooners are in the vicinity of Long Point and Point au Pelee. The continuation of the easterly wind will add to the number of the fleet.

Exports To The United States - The following are the exports from the district of Kingston, including Belleville, Napanee, Picton and Gananoque for the year ending September 30, 1870, as taken from returns at the office of the American Consulate, Kingston:- (followed by a long list of products and ending thus:)

Arrival and departure of American vessels at the Port of Kingston during the quarter ending September 30th, 1870. - The arrivals were from Milwaukee 36; from Chicago 37; from Toledo 4; and from Cleveland 1. Of the 36 from Chicago, 35 were grain laden - 601,318 bushels, and one corn, 18,000 bushels. The departures were 32 light; one 120 tons scrap iron, and 3 with 900 tons iron ore. Of the 37 from Chicago, 35 had cargoes amounting to 585,191 bushels wheat; 2 laden with 35,000 bushels corn. The clearances were, 30 light; 2 with 500 tons pig iron; 1 with 70 tons scrap iron; 1 with 425 tons salt; 1 with 330 tons iron ore, and 2 with 20 toise stone. Of the number from Toledo, 4 discharged wheat - 53,349 bush. 2 left light, and 2 carrying combined cargoes of 620 tons iron ore. The only vessel from Cleveland unloaded 10,000 bushels wheat, and sailed light. Aggregate tonnage 21,712.

Police Court - Three sailors, named Charles Johnson, Michael Boyle, and John Hagerty, hands on board the schooner H.M. Todman, were charged with refusing to work on the night of Monday last, when requested to do so when asked by the Captain. The evidence taken before the Police Magistrate was substantially as follows:- The prisoner Hagerty engaged with the Captain on the 12th October at the rate of $1 per day. The vessel made a trip to Oswego with a cargo of barley, which being unloaded she proceeded thence to Frenchmen's Bay to take in grain for the same destination. Hagerty, however, for various reasons, decided to leave the vessel at this place, and communicating his intention to Johnston (sic) and Boyle, they also expressed their determination to quit at the close of the day (Monday) and return to Toronto, where it appears they all lived. They remained working on board until after 9 o'clock in the evening, when they notified the Captain that they wished to go ashore, and wanted the balance of wages due them. He blandly refused to accede to this, and immediately ordered them to hoist the mainsail to put out to sea, as the position the schooner then occupied was very dangerous. They in their turn, peremptorily declined to perform any duty whatsoever, and the Captain, mate and a boy were obliged to do what was required of the others. The vessel got under weigh on Monday night, and the violent gale of Tuesday morning springing up shortly afterwards, she encountered very heavy weather, which damaged her centreboard so much as to cause them to make for Kingston instead of Oswego, as consigned. The prisoners on being sworn in their own defence, stated that the weather was quite calm, and the schooner in a good berth, when the quarrel occurred between them; they had made every preparation to leave on Monday evening, one of them going so far as to inquire the fare to Toronto, and take adieu of some friends, and that they were perfectly justified when employed by the day, to leave without giving previous notice to that effect. A fine of $5 and $1.50 with costs was imposed upon each, and the magistrate remarked that the prisoners were certainly entitled to severe punishment for the manner in which they had acted at a time when not only the craft itself, but all on board were in danger of being lost.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1870