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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1872

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p.1 City Council - The Dredge - Alderman Allen complained of the manner in which the Dredge J.C. Daly had been employed, and the mud and scrapings thus loaded into scows had been discharged into the Cataraqui River below the bridge, which promised in due season to obstruct navigation. He asked an explanation of the matter from the Chairman on Harbour Improvements.

Alderman Cunningham replied that he was totally unaware of the fact, no application having been made respecting the same to him.

Alderman Kinghorn, agent here of the Montreal Transportation Company, said that he had been instrumental in bringing the dredge to this port, in the hope that it would be employed for a considerable time. He had spoken to different Aldermen regarding the deposit of "dredgings," and gained their assent to have them thrown at the point indicated, whence it is intended the Railway Company shall build a wharf.

p.2 The Harbor - At the luncheon today the Mayor read a telegram from the Honourable Alexander Campbell stating that an engineer had been sent up to examin the harbour, and that the Dredge would arrive on Monday, and would remain until the harbour was dredged out completely. The statement was received with applause.

The Gale On the Lake - A letter from the engineer of the propeller Lincoln - towed barge Lisgar and sch. H.P. Murray to Welland Canal through gale.

Burning of the Dalhousie - From a western contemporary we extract the following additional particulars regarding the destruction of this fine craft. "When the propeller Dalhousie was passing Oak Orchard, about 50 miles below Port Dalhousie, and while the crew were at dinner, an alarm of fire was raised and for two hours the greatest exertions were made, to no avail, to extinguish it. The fire originated around the boiler. At one time fears were entertained for their safety by the crew, as they were twelve miles from land, but the City of Concord, of the N.T. Co., rescued them and all their personal effects, towing the Dalhousie within three miles of land, when she sank after burning to the water's edge. The crew were then transferred to the propeller Mary Ward and taken to port this morning. The Dalhousie was a first class canal-sized propeller, valued at $30,000, belonging to the Welland Railway, which has been rather unfortunate with its propellers, losing the Perseverance about three years ago. The Dalhousie was, we believe, fully insured, and was bound up from Montreal to Hamilton, laden with merchandise and pig iron. She was under the management of Captain Magrath." (McGrath ?)

Marine News

Port Colborne, Sept. 30th - Down - Propeller Cleveland, Toledo, Ogdensburg, general cargo; prop. Michigan, do., do., do.; schrs. H.W. Hoag, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; W. Fallen, Chicago, Kingston, corn; M.L. Breck, Toledo, Kingston, wheat; M. Gilmore, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Nassau, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; barque Cambria, Toledo, Kingston, timber.

This morning Capt. Allan had his leg badly hurt.

The schooner M.L. Collins returned to port a second time with the loss of her main sail.

The schooner New Dominion, of Toronto, arrived this evening with decks swept clean.

Up - Schr. Rockaway, Polly M. Rogers, Queen of the Lakes, Persia, D. Sharp; prop. Europe, Lawrence; schr. Great Western, Delos de Wolf, E.R. Dorr. At elevator - schr. San Jacinto, Wm. Sanderson.

The schooner Marysburgh with ore to Cleveland, when nearly off that port on Sunday morning was forced to run back to Long Point, where she lost both anchors and main boom. She arrived at Port Colborne.

Reports very heavy weather on Saturday and Sunday nights, and a large fleet at anchor under Long Point. Two barges were observed drifting down the lake past this port yesterday, evidently broken from some tow.


We perceive by our exchanges that the gale which prevailed on Sunday and Monday was represented as being the severest of the season. On the upper lakes it was felt to a very large extent, and its effect on the shipping must have been disastrous indeed. The damage in this vicinity appears to be very light, but in the west, craft suffered seriously.

A telegram from Detroit, dated 29th inst. states that: "The most furious gale of the season set in last night, and still continues with unabated force from the west and south-west. Being unlooked for, its effect on the shipping will undoubtedly be disastrous. Four vessels are reported ashore and sunk near the head of Lake Erie. The only name ascertained was that of the bark Annie Vought, which had the spars of another vessel lying across her decks. There had probably been a collision. The Annie Vought had a signal of distress flying, but nothing could reach her. Another vessel is near by with her crew in her rigging. The U.S. steamer Michigan and a number of tugs are at the mouth of the river ready to go out as soon as the weather permits. Two large lumber rafts are ashore below Point Ann, Lake Huron. The propeller Galona is ashore on Thunder Bay Island."

A despatch from Toronto says: "The schr. Rathbun, of Picton, laden with rosin and tea, went ashore yesterday afternoon, near the Queen's Wharf, Toronto. The crew got safely ashore. She was leaking badly, but was likely to be got off without much damage.

The steamer Advance too went ashore near Port Union and is a total wreck. Insured for $10,000.

Detroit, Sept. 30th - The following disasters are reported on Lake Erie.

Bark Butcher Boy sunk, probably a total loss; Schrs. Oades and Fayette Brown are ashore, badly damaged; Annie Vought collided with the Butcher Boy, and badly damaged. She was brought to the drydock today. Schrs Van Vaulkenburg, Phalarape (sic - Phalarope ?), Kenosha, Yankee Blade, Fenton, and Sweepstakes ashore, more or less damaged; Brig Montezuma is ashore and gone to pieces it is reported the Captain's wife is drowned; Lumber Barges Treat, Harvest Belle and Detroit are on the beach. Many scows and small vessels have sunk or been driven ashore.

Goderich, Sept. 30th - The schooner Exchange, of Montreal, owned by D.G. Huff, Dresden, went ashore 7 miles north of here during the gale yesterday morning. She was laden with lumber and salt for Dresden. The cargo was destroyed and the vessel injured considerably. No insurance.

Port Rowan, Sept. 30th - The scow Fenton, of Wallaceburg, and schr. Magdala, of Oshawa, went ashore opposite this port in the gale yesterday. Both were light and no lives lost. The Fenton lost most of her canvass. Both are in a good condition for getting off.

Port Burwell, Sept. 30th - It has been blowing a most fearful gale here since one a.m. yesterday. The schooner Jas. Scott, of Dover, and barge Saginaw, of Bay City, are ashore here. The Scott has a cargo of ground plaster. The schooner Annittie Davis, with a part cargo of general merchandize, is ashore at Port Bruce.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1872