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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1872

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p.3 Government Lighthouses

Mr. I. Hope, of this city, Inspector of Lighthouses, returned on Friday last from Lake Superior where he has during the past season been superintending the erection of three lighthouses for the Dominion Government at the following places:

One on the outer point of Michipicoton Island, east side of Quebec harbour in the district of Algoma. The light is a fixed white light elevated about 56 feet above Lake Superior, and in clear weather should be seen a distance of eighteen miles. The tower and dwelling is a wooden structure 30 x 24 feet base, and the height of the tower which is 32 feet 6 inches from the sills of the dwelling painted white. The lantern is constructed of iron, painted iron clad or red colour; the illuminating apparatus is "catoptric." This light is a harbour light, built for the purpose of guiding vessels into the bay between Michipicoten and the small islands to the south of it. The light was first exhibited on the 28th of August.

Another lighthouse is erected on the north end of Agate Island, Quebec harbour, Lake Superior. The light is a fixed white light, elevated 32 feet above the water. The tower is a square wooden building, 20 feet high, painted white, illuminating apparatus "catoptric," that is, having reflectors. This light is designed to direct vessels into the harbour at Quebec. The channel is marked by four buoys, two red and two black. The small white light on Agate Island, and the black buoys are on the west side, and the red buoys on the east side of the channel.

The third lighthouse is erected about 300 ft. from the extreme end of Porphyry Point, some nine miles from Silver Island, Lake Superior, also in the District of Algoma. The light, fixed and elevated about 51 feet above the water, will not be exhibited until next spring, and should be seen a distance of 18 miles in clear atmosphere. The building is of wood, 30 by 24 feet; length of tower, from sills of building, 32 feet 6 inches; illuminating apparatus, "Catoptric."

Vessel captains are very desirous that a light should be placed on Passage Island, off Isle Royale, about 30 miles from Porphyry Point. They are also very anxious that a whistle or signal should be added to the facilities of Michipicoten Island to afford increased safety to craft in fogs, which prevail to the extent of some four or five days in the course of a week on Lake Superior. The contracts for the above works were all held by Captain Charles Perry, of Toronto, who has carried them out with great satisfaction.

p.2 The Navigation - lake, river and canals all still open.

Marine News

The weather today, viewed from a nautical or any other standpoint, is splendid. The air feels chilly and wintry-like, and serves to prepare one for what is to come in the dark and cold futurity.

Marine matters are not yet closed, but the movements are in a measure too insignificant to report.

The Propeller York - In last evening's edition we briefly announced the rumoured loss of the propeller York, Captain Coverlet, during the great and terrific gale of Monday. Yesterday the truth of the statement was conveyed to Messrs. Calvin and Breck in a telegram asking for assistance by way of a tug and lighter to remove a portion of her cargo, and thus clear her of the dangerous shoal on which she went ashore off Poplar Point, near Long Point, some 45 or 50 miles from this port. This morning the tug Hiram A. Calvin and schooner Annie Falconer left for the site of the accident to aid the York if possible. The propeller York belonged to an extensive forwarding firm of Montreal, and was on her passage down with flour and apples when she sustained the serious disaster. All the crew are safe.

The schooner John Wesley, bound for Toronto with iron, put into South Bay. She is said to be also ashore.

The schooner China, one of the many vessels which have unsuccessfully tried to get west, is unloading preparatory to being hauled out on Powers' Marine Railway for repairs.

The schooner Hercules and other vessels are none the better of the severe gales which have prevailed on the lake for some time.

The Royal Mail steamer Spartan arrived down last night and has, with the steamer Corsican, gone into winter quarters.

The propeller Lake Michigan from Chicago, with wheat, is being lightened at the Montreal Transportation Company, and will then proceed to Montreal.

The schooner Drayton, which carried a cargo of iron ore from Ogdensburg to Genessee Falls, has reached here light.

A despatch from Milford says that the schooner John Rae, bound for Hamilton, is ashore on Timber Island. She is light, and in a bad condition.

Oswego, Nov. 25th - The schr. Corsican, Captain Brown, bound from Ogdensburg to Cleveland with iron ore, is sunk about 20 miles above Port Maitland, Lake Erie, on the Canadian side. The vessel will be a total wreck. She is owned by A.F. Smith, of Oswego.

Port Colborne, Nov. 26th - Down - Schr. A. Master, Buffalo, Port Colborne, to winter; barque Jessie Drummond, Chicago, Toronto, wheat; schr. F. Crawford, Detroit, Ogdensburg, lumber; Batama ? (Panama ?), Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; Senator Bland (sic - Blood ?), Toledo, Oswego, do.; Brooklyn, Milwaukee, do., do.; H.W. Hoag, Toledo, Ogdensburg, corn; Louise, Toledo, Belleville, do.; Maumee Valley, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Reindeer, Chicago, do., corn; J. Bigler, Buffalo, Port Colborne, to winter; prop. Brooklyn, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; steam barge Belle P. Cross, Detroit, Ogdensburg, lumber; schr. F.J. King, Buffalo, Port Colborne, to winter; W.J. Whaling do., do.

Up - Prop. Empire, schr. J. Ralston, steam canal boat, J.D. Gilson, prop. Georgian, schr. Wanderer.

The following vessels have laid up here: - Schrs. Russian, Cassack (sic - Cossack ?), Union Jack.

A tug and lighter leave here tonight to strip the wreck of the schr. Corsican, ashore near Port Dover. She went ashore on Friday night, is loaded with iron ore, and is expected to be a total loss.

The gunboat Rescue, Capt. Thomson, has arrived at Hamilton, where she is to lay up for the winter.

There are rumours of the foundering of another vessel, name unknown, which is stated to have suddenly sunk on Monday in the great gale off Nicholson Island.

The schooner St. Lawrence is also reported lost. The rumour, however, has not been confirmed.

There can be no doubt but that the gale of Monday was most disastrous, and days must elapse before the extent of the loss and damage to shipping upon the lake can be ascertained.

Steamboat Inspectors - The usual annual examination of applicants ( a good number of whom presented themselves) for steamboat engineers' certificates, commenced yesterday morning in the British-American Hotel, before Mr. W.J. Muenillty, of Toronto, and Mr. Taylor, the local inspector. Mr. Risley of Toronto, chairman of the Board, arrived last night. The examination was resumed today and will be continued tomorrow.

The Gunboat Prince Alfred - Chatham, Nov. 26th - The Dominion gunboat Prince Alfred arrived here from Goderich this afternoon, having succeeded in passing the bar after a little delay, caused by very heavy weather. Captain G.H. Wyatt reports that he found nine feet and a half of water on the bar. The Prince Alfred drew ten feet when she entered the river, dragging through six inches of soft bottom.

The Late Gale - Vessel Lost - Consecon, Nov. 27th - We have ascertained from a reliable source that during the gale of Monday last a large fore-and-aft vessel was seen heavily laden, bound down the lake rounded to, appearing to be in trouble. She suddenly disappeared and must have sunk at a distance of about six miles south-east from Nicholson Island.

ad - Welland Canal Enlargement - tenders called for construction of new locks, etc.

p.3 Once More - sch. William Home aground on Martello Tower shoal; [Whig] says it happened where government dredge worked, but [News] disagrees.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1872