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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 7, 1872

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p.1 Marine News

Port Colborne, Oct. 5th - Down - Schooner Thos. Parsons, Chicago, Oswego, corn; Hungerford, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; prop. City of Concord, Detroit, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. Granada, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; Montpelier, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Rockaway, Erie, Oswego, coal; Madeira, Chicago, Kingston, wheat.

Up - Schrs Telegraph, Grace Whitney, P.E. Young, prop. City of Toledo, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo; Cleveland, Ogdensburg, Toledo, do.; schr. Lathrop, Ogdensburg, Saginaw, light; tug M. Gardener, Oswego, Port Burwell, light; barge Argo, do., do.; barque Gen. Burnsides, Clayton, Detroit, light; British Lion, schr. J.R. Noyes, Portland; W.J. Whaling, Port Colborne, Kelly's Island.

At elevator - schr. Dashing Wave.


The late multiplied disasters to lake navigation are among the most serious that have been recorded for some time. On the night of the 28th ultimo four vessels were sunk, a propeller and many rafts and scows went ashore on Lake Erie, and numerous vessels out of reach of assistance were flying their signals of distress. The intelligence of the 30th ultimo showed fatal casualties to fourteen large vessels on Lake Erie and the total destruction of numerous smaller craft and barges with considerable loss of life. But the telegrams of the 1st instant prove that there was much greater loss of life and property on Lake Huron than on Lake Erie. Several steamers were overwhelmed in the gale, and the waters of the lake must have presented a fearful spectacle of wrecks. The probability is we have not yet heard the worst.

It is certainly a matter of surprise that shipmasters, in the equinoctial season, should be so reckless of life as to be so exposed when these lake tempests come on in their well known punctuality and fury. The government weather telegrams cover the main parts of the lake region and have not failed to give timely warning of impending danger, and have frequently announced these gales thirty-six hours in advance of their arrival.

The approach of the late storms was duly forewarned, and cautionary signals were ordered to be displayed at Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Chicago, Grand Haven, Milwaukee, Oswego and Rochester many hours before the storm reached those places. The orders for Milwaukee and Grand Haven did not reach their destination, it is said, through the negligence of the telegraph company entrusted with their transmission - a criminal omission, for which the company should be held responsible by the public who sustained damage from their neglect. There can be no doubt that shippers and seamen on the lakes would gladly avail themselves of the meteorological forecasts if furnished promptly by the telegraphic companies, and, if the latter know their own interests, they will do well to spare no pains to transmit these storm warnings with the utmost possible despatch. The American public have endured until their patience is exhausted at the inefficiency of our telegraphic corporations. These overgrown monopolies cannot expect the people quietly to submit to mismanagement which entails not only vast loss of property but also involves, as in the present instance, great loss of life. [N.Y. Herald]

p.2 Welland Canal - Plans and specifications for the proposed improvements in the Welland Canal are in course of preparation by the Department of Public Works, and they are already so far advanced that it is expected tenders will be called for at the end of the present month.

Carried Away - On Saturday afternoon as the steamer Rochester, from Belleville, was approaching Carruthers' wharf she struck the painted barrel used as a buoy to mark the shoal located opposite the Canadian Engine and Machinery Works and carried it away. The chain securing the buoy and the staves of the "float" were, with considerable difficulty extricated from the steamer's paddlewheel. This is the second time the same barrel has been removed - on this occasion beyond hope of future use.

The Dredge - The dredge J.C. Daly, tug Sarah Daly and barges returned yesterday to be employed in deepening the shallow places in the harbour for the government, under the superintendance of Mr. Douglass, of the Department of Public Works.

The Grain Fleet - During Saturday, Sunday and today a large fleet of grain laden schooners has arrived from the west. Such weather as the present is unfavourable for the forwarders' operations.

Another Severe Gale - The heavy gale which set in on Saturday afternoon and continued with unabated violence and severity during yesterday, culminating last night and today with unusually drenching rain, must have been felt to a large extent throughout the western part of the Province, and more especially on Lake Ontario where the shipping under weigh suffered beyond estimation and many disasters and marine accidents occurred. No damage was done in the harbour, but the gale blew down trees, flag-staffs, shattered a few windows etc., but accomplished nothing of a serious character. The Mail steamers both ways were detained by stress of weather.

The Dalhousie - The Propeller Dalhousie, which was burned last week, was officered as follows: M. McGrath, Captain; John Leonard, Mate; J.M. Morris, Purser; and Thos. Hinckey, Engineer. She was insured for $25,000, as follows: Aetna, $10,000; Montreal Ins. Co., $10,000; Provincial, $5,000. A large portion of the money used in paying for building the Dalhousie was obtained, as insurance for the destruction of the steamer Perseverance.

pages 3 & 4 missing.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 7, 1872