The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 1, 1870

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p.2 The Storm of Monday - Another vessel, name unknown, three masted, and apparently light, was driven ashore during the gale of Monday, in the Lower Gap. One of the government steamers will likely be sent to her assistance as soon as practicable. The barge John Marsh, lost by the propeller Belle P. Cross yesterday morning, is grounded high and dry on the head of Simcoe Island. The barge, which is not much damaged, is quite new, being only built this spring at a cost of $18,000 by John Whitney, of Detroit, who is her present owner.

Damage By The Gale To Fishermen - The fishermen of Lake Ontario suffered severely from the effects of the recent gale. Nearly all of them lost nets to a greater or less extent, hundreds of fathoms being torn and rendered utterly useless. One fisherman had net after net carried away until but eight were saved to him out of sixty. The catch, too, of the large fall salmon trout has been rendered smaller and more uncertain, the fish refusing to run up on account of the accumulation of extraneous matter washed into the lake by the heavy rains.

The Schooner Swift - The sloop New Broom arrived this morning from Timber Island with a cargo of sundries taken from the schooner which ran ashore there on Thursday last and became a total wreck. She returns as soon as unloaded for the sails, rigging, etc., of the above named vessel.


Picton, Oct. 31st - Another fearful gale set in last night from the south-east, shifting to the south-west about 12 o'clock, and continued to blow a gale till this afternoon. The steamer Bay of Quinte only came as far as this port on her trip to Kingston, and returned to Belleville this afternoon. A large white vessel, name unknown, dragged her anchor and went ashore on the north side of Salmon Point. She is a total wreck, and all hands are lost. Nothing has come ashore to give any clue of her name. Eight men could be counted in her rigging this morning. Two of the crew tried to swim ashore but did not reach it; one of them fought desperately with the waves for twenty minutes. The six remaining men dropped off. None of the bodies have come ashore yet. Several attempts were made to launch boats and save the crew, but there was such a tremendous sea running, that it was impossible to get near the wreck. Mr. Robert Clapp, insurance and wreckers' agent, will attend to the wreck.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 1, 1870