The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1872

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p.2 Marine News

A brisk gale and heavy sea have prevailed on the lake and river yesterday afternoon and last night.

The Royal Mail steamers Corinthian and Corsican passed up from Montreal to Toronto and Hamilton, on their last round trip followed by the propeller Dominion. The latter returned a few hours late, owing to severe stress of weather. The Captain reports the Canadian Navigation Company's steamers to have run into South Bay for shelter. He says he observed about one hundred sailing vessels anchored there at the same time.

The steamer Passport and propellers Bruno and Dominion were lying at Messrs. James Swift & Co's wharf today, awaiting an abatement of the storm to proceed westward.

The steamers Magnet and Spartan from Hamilton, steamer Picton from Belleville, and propeller America touched here, bound down.

Very rough weather seems to have been lately encountered on the upper lakes. Numbers of marine disasters are reported in our western contemporaries, a few of which we append:-

The schooner Minnie Proctor, Capt. Naughton, which arrived here last night from Toronto with lumber for Page & Co., lost a part of her deck load overboard.

Schooner Acontius Sunk - The schooner Acontias, Capt. Gotham, which left this port last night for Detroit with pig and railroad iron, carried away her jibboom in the gale below Sodus. She immediately put about for this port, and when entering the harbour in tow of the tug Morey the line slipped off the towing post, and the vessel drifted outside and went ashore below the east pier. Here she unshipped her rudder and pounded heavily. The tug again got hold of her and towed her inside, near the foot of Water street where she sunk in eleven feet of water. The vessel is owned in Detroit. [Oswego Advertiser]

The schr. Great Western, which arrived at Oswego yesterday afternoon, from Port Hope, lost 12,000 shingles of her deck load overboard in the gale.

Sale of Vessel Property - Capt. Philo S. Wright has just sold the fine steam propeller Annie L. Craig to Captain Eber Ward of Detroit; price stated to be $58,000. The Craig is comparatively new, and one of the largest on the lakes. Capt. P. Wright, who held a half interest in the tug W.B. Castle and barge Mary Carter, has purchased the remaining interest of Capt. John Strachan on private terms.

The China Arrived - The China arrived at Buffalo yesterday afternoon, and as before intimated, nearly the entire cargo of grain was damaged. Out of 20,000 bushels of wheat only 1,400 was saved dry, and that was delivered at Erie. Nearly 8,000 bushels was thrown and pumped overboard, and the balance, completely wet, was brought to Buffalo. It was generally thought that the propeller was damaged by getting on the sill of the Sault canal lock and that she will be found considerably strained in the seams. The hole was shored up from the inside.

Sunk - A despatch to Messrs. Smith and Davis, Buffalo, says the barge Caroline, with 5,000 bushels wheat from the Shickluna and 3,000 bushels from the schooner St. Lawrence, lies sunk at the Gallop Rapids, St. Lawrence River.

A Dangerous Locality - The wreck of the barque Butcher Boy lies directly in vessels path between Bar Point and Point au Pelee passage, and from three to five miles from the former. Already since the low stage of water set in several have struck thereon, and it is also certain the schr. Owasco has met with damages at the same place, which will fall little short of $20,000. It is equally certain that if this dangerous impediment is not soon removed a snug little bill of damages will be lying at the door of some one to liquidate.

Schooner Willis, bound down with 17,250 bushels of wheat, collided with the barque Elizabeth Jones, bound up, with coal, at three a.m., November 11th, 10 miles to eastward of Point au Pelee, and was sunk. The crew were saved, and have arrived in Detroit. The Willis was owned in Racine, and was new. The Jones received but slight injury.

Gales have visited the lakes recently to such an extent that vessels have made two and three attempts to sail up Ontario, and have been obliged to beat back for safety.

The schooner White Oak reached here this morning with 12,200 bushels of wheat, consigned to the Montreal Transportation Company.

The brig Cohen sailed yesterday for Cleveland with iron ore.

The schr. Olive Branch has arrived from Ogdensburg, light, and gone into winter quarters at Carruthers' wharf.

Port Colborne, Nov. 20th - Down - Barque British Lion, Toledo, Kingston, corn; prop. Young America, Toledo, Ogdensburg, general cargo; prop. City of Montreal, Chatham, Montreal, gen. cargo; City of Chatham, do., schrs. Lightguard, Chicago, Ogdensburg, corn; prop. Akron, Detroit, Ogdensburg, wheat; schrs. J.T. Mott, Chicago, Oswego, corn; Mediterranean, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Jennie Graham, Windsor, Kingston, staves; Grace Whitney, Alpina, Ogdensburg, lumber; barque W.M. Home, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; schr. Grace Murray, Marquette, Charlotte, iron ore.

Up - Props Georgian, City of Concord, schr. Hungerford, barque Mariner.

The fleet are still windbound.

The schr. Grace Murray reports a large fleet of vessels and steamers at anchor under Long Point.

The Canals - The prospects of "soft weather" will be the means of keeping open the canals a while longer. A good deal of traffic on the St. Lawrence will yet be carried on by steam craft. The frost was sharp last night, and made a deep impress in many respects and on many things. On the 22nd of this month, 1871, Oswego and other harbours were closed in with ice, and navigation generally suspended. Sailing at present is very trying, the ropes and tackling are coated with ice, the water is turbulent and stormy, the wind cold and piercing and exposed to the elements; those who adopt this life as a profession suffer much physically.

South Bay, Nov. 21st - Only four vessels are in the harbor, but a very large fleet is under South Bay Point. Blowing hard from south-west.

Accident To the Steamer Chicora - Sarnia, Nov. 20th - The steamer Manitoba arrived this evening from Lake Superior. She reports that the steamer Chicora struck a rock in Bear Lake and sunk. They procured 2 steam pumps at Sault Ste. Marie, and succeeded in running her to that port, where she is discharging her cargo in a damaged cargo. The Manitoba reports having experienced heavy weather in Lakes Superior and Huron with frequent snow storms. She had 65 passengers and 200 barrels of silver ore.

p.3 Customs Imports - Nov. 20th - Str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo).

Str. Passport, Montreal, (mixed cargo).

Nov. 21st - Str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo).

Oswego, Nov. 21st - The schooner Coquette, from Toronto, for this port, with lumber, while entering the harbour last night, was drifted against the last pier and sunk.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1872