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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 26, 1872

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p.1 City Council - the city's communication re buoys and appropriations for lighting city clock to be presented to Hon. Peter Mitchell, Minister of Department of Marine and Fisheries, on his return to the Capital.


Navigation has been formally closed for the season, yet so long as the harbour remains open and unfrozen, shipping will not be altogether suspended. There are a few arrivals and departures daily.

The Royal Mail steamer Magnet passed up last night for Toronto and Hamilton on her last trip west. She returns to lay up here or at Montreal.

The tug Eleanor is loading grind stones, machinery, etc., for Mr. John Chaffey's new grist mill at Newboro, Rideau Canal.

Three weeks have elapsed and the fleet of vessels which have been laden all that time watching an opportunity, and contending against adverse winds, to reach various western ports, have been baffled in their efforts to make the Welland Canal. The only one that has been successful of the number was the schooner M.F. Merrick, mentioned in last evening's News. Some of the vessels have been under weigh a month, others 14, 15, 16 and 17 days and still they are pretty near all within hailing distance of Kingston.

The schooner Hercules, which it will be remembered collided with the Medbury off Four Mile Point, sinking the latter, causing it to become a complete loss, has made several starts up the lake, each time to run back for protection. She now lies at anchor with the schooner China at Four Mile Point.

The Agnes Hope has returned, her master discouraged by the apparent ill luck which attended him. She was twice within sight of Whitby and had to beat back.

The Wave Crest lies in South Bay.

The gale of yesterday was terrific, and enough to make the most experienced mariner shake his head, and sympathise with those who have been so unfortunate and are doubtless weary of waiting for a favourable change to make a passage to the Welland Canal.

The Maud has arrived at Carruthers' wharf from the Bay of Quinte to lay up.

The steamer Rochester will do likewise in a couple of days.

The schooner William Home, laden with grain from Toronto, consigned to the Montreal Transportation Company, grounded on the shoal at the Martello Tower yesterday in entering the harbour. She was lightened, and then floated without difficulty.

A fore and aft vessel, name unknown, is ashore at Timber Island.

The schooner John Wesley, light, is also reported ashore at South Bay.

The schooner Peerless, bound from Toronto to Oswego, with lumber for J.K. Post & Co., struck on Ford's shoals last night, three miles up the lake. By this mishap, she unshipped her rudder, broke her stern post, and arrived there in a leaking condition. She will go into dry dock for repairs.

Port Colborne, Nov. 25th - Down - Prop. City of Boston, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; steam barge Westford, Port Huron, Ogdensburg, lumber; schr. Lake Michigan, Chicago, Montreal, gen. cargo; schr. Oswegatchie, Cleveland, Ogdensburg, do.; schr. Kate Richmond, Chicago, Renfrew (sic), wheat; schr. Undine, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; Garibaldi, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; Rivet ?, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Maize, do., Ogdensburg, do.; Miami Belle, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Lyman Casey, Toledo, Ogdensburg, corn; Reindeer.

Up - Schr. Carney, J. Gilmore, Monticello ?, bark St. Lawrence.

Fleet left today.

The following vessels ran back: Schrs. T. Martin, Marywith, lost mainsail, Jane McLeod, Mariner, Rutherford.

Loss of the York - A private telegram from Captain Coverlet, in command of the fine propeller York, announces the loss of that steamer during the great gale of yesterday. We are without further particulars.

-A despatch from South Bay says that the propeller America, which passed up yesterday, ran into that port. Her captain reported two schooners ashore on Timber Island. There was a fearful gale blowing from the west.

The Canals - expected to be closed soon because of recent cold weather.

ad - Kingston & Cape Vincent Ferry - new schedule given.

Accident To the Propeller Mary Ward - Eight Men Drowned

Thornbury, Nov. 20th - The propeller Mary Ward is still aground on a reef between Thornbury and Collingwood. Eight men were lost while endeavouring to get ashore yesterday, in small boats, which were swamped in breakers. A.M. Stephens, of Owen Sound, part owner of the vessel, is reported among the drowned. The fishing boats left here about nine last night, and took nine passengers off safely, being all that were aboard.

p.3 Imports - Nov. 26th - Barque W. Horne, Chicago, M.T. Co., 20,000 bush wheat.

Str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo).

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 26, 1872