The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1870

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p.2 Drowned - A sailor named Maxwell Marchau, a Frenchman, was drowned on Friday afternoon while in a state of intoxication by walking off the steamer Pierrepont, owing to the absence of the shutter which had been taken out of its place after the boat had cleared the harbour for Gananoque. The deceased was employed during the past season as a hand on board the schooner Oriental, of Garden Island, which encountered and weathered the storm of Tuesday on Lake Ontario. He leaves a wife and family to mourn his untimely end on St. John's Island, whether he was going when drowned. The body has not yet been recovered.

Anchor Found - An iron anchor was picked up by two or three men in a large sail boat on Thursday, and lodged on the St. Lawrence wharf. It is supposed to have been lost off some vessel during the severe gale on Thursday.

Bound For Kingston - The following vessels passed through the Welland Canal on Thursday for Kingston:- Barque Sweden, Bay City, timber and staves; barque Henry Rooney, Toledo, timber and staves, left Chicago and Milwaukee, for the same destination. (sic) Schooners Amos King, 15,095 bush wheat; Northern Belle, 10,556 bush corn; Mont Blanc, 20,000 bush wheat; Flying Mist, 20,000 bush do.


Accounts of wrecks and disasters to vessels at all points on Lakes Ontario and Erie are very numerous, the storm of Tuesday having been attended with greater loss of life and property than was at first expected. The following reports have come to hand since the publication of our last issue:-

On Lake Erie, the schooner Victor, of Hamilton, returned to Port Colborne on Tuesday evening with the loss of both anchors and some sails. The brig Emery lost her yawl. The schooner Lewis Wells lost a portion of her canvas, and the schooner Tecumseh her boats, main boom and several of her sails.

At Buffalo the schooner Lillie Pratt, driven on the old breakwater, lies hard and fast; the schooner Theo. Perry, with her jib and foresail split, was compelled to return to this port, after having reached fifteen miles above Dunkirk on her outward voyage; the Canadian schooner A.E. Dunham was compelled to slip her cables under Point Abino, and returned to port minus both anchors; the bark J.C. King was obliged to return from ten miles above Long Point; the three masted schooner David A. Wells was driven on shore at Silver Creek; the propellers Idaho and Comet were obliged to run back from ten miles above Dunkirk; the schooner Essex returned with canvas split and foretop gallant mast gone; the schooner Wenona was unable to stand the gale and put back, but sustained no damage; the brig Globe returned with her foresail gone; the propeller Mineral Rock was obliged to drop her tow of two barges in the bay.

The Canadian schooner Leviathan came in during the gale with a cargo of wheat and was driven out on the Atlantic Dock, carrying away her bowsprit, jibboom and entire headgear, and raking some 20 feet of shed belonging to Messrs. J.C. & E.T. Evans.

The bark Sunshine, Capt. James Knight, left this port on Monday for Tawas. When a little above Grand River the squall struck her, carrying away all her canvas but the foretopmast staysail. It was with great difficulty that she was saved from total wreck, but by means of skilful seamanship she was kept before the wind, and reached here during the day under her one rag of canvas. She will be speedily refitted, as she is otherwise uninjured.

The bark J.G. Masten, which also left port on Monday, bound to Chicago, with a cargo of coal, returned with a large portion of her canvas gone.

The schooner Columbian which left here in tow of the propeller Annie L. Craig, was compelled to break loose from the propeller, but reached port in safety.

The barge Clement, lumber laden, was brought into port during the afternoon in a water-logged condition.

The schooner Bermuda, laden with iron ore for Marquette, sprung a leak off Grand Island and sunk. Her crew were saved. The schrs Onward and Senator Blood, the former for Chicago with coal, and the latter for Oswego with lumber, were badly damaged. The Onward lost her jibs, and the Senator Blood her yawl and deck load.

Another South West Wind - Another brisk so-westerly wind set in yesterday, which caused considerable detention to steamers. The steamer Magnet, due upwards last evening, had to return after proceeding up the lake for some distance; and the steamer Passport, due downwards here at 5:30 this morning, did not leave Port Hope until 12 o'clock, midnight. The steamer Bay of Quinte, for Belleville and Picton, remained at Swift's wharf over night and left today.

The Propeller Brantford - This propeller bound from Montreal to Hamilton, with a general cargo, arrived here on Friday with a broken wheel, having lost one of the buckets at Brockville. She will be repaired here.

The Grounded Vessels - Messrs. Calvin & Breck's steamers Hiram A. Calvin, Wellington and Hercules, with steam pumps, tools and wrecking crews aboard, are now awaiting the moderation of the weather before proceeding to take off the barque Pride of America, and schooners Kate Robinson and Saucy Jack, the former aground at Point Frederick, and the latter ashore at Timber Island.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1870