The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1872

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p.1 Customs Imports - Dec. 27th - Barge Jet, Montreal, J. Carruthers & Co., 200 cases brandy, 100 kegs prunes, 26 casks pickles.

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


The water in the harbour today was as smooth as glass, but the weather lately has been so unfavourable - so treacherous - that this pleasant change may be followed inside of an hour by one of those severe gales which have held the supremacy of the lake for the past three weeks.

The wind yesterday blew a hurricane, a heavy sea rolled from the southwest, and the bay was covered with a mantle of white foam.

This storm settled the prospects of the fleet of vessels that have been eagerly and patiently waiting opportunities to sail for different western ports; and one by one they returned here yesterday, some damaged, but most to go into winter quarters.

The names of those vessels, as far as we have been able to learn, are: Schooners J.D. Norris, for Chicago, with iron; M.L. Breck, bound for Hamilton with railroad iron (badly leaking); Wave Crest, bound for Hamilton with stone (badly leaking); Cohen, for Cleveland with iron ore; Ariadne, for Toronto (lost foremast); Persia, bound from Oswego west, general cargo; Trade Wind, bound west from Oswego; David Sharpe, do., do.; Pride of America, for Chicago, iron; Edward Blake, for Chicago, iron; China, for Hamilton with iron; D. Freeman (foremast and two jibs carried away); Hercules, for Hamilton with iron (badly leaking); Maize and Monterey, from Ogdensburg, and Alpina, from Brockville, ran back to Cape Vincent; Montpelier is also at Cape Vincent; Hoboken, bound from Ogdensburg to Chicago, reached Clayton in a leaking condition; the W.W. Grant has taken up winter quarters in the Batteau Channel.

The schooner Drayton is loading grain for Oswego.

The schooner White Oak is loaded with iron and is expected to sail for Milwaukee.

The schooner Jessie Scarth is waiting the arrival of barges from Montreal to load iron for the same destination.

The Pride of America is discharging staves at the Grand Trunk esplanade where she winters.

Owing to the high wind of yesterday the tug Hiram A. Calvin and schr. Annie Falconer, as a lighter, did not leave for Poplar Point, to relieve the steamer York, ashore there until today.

The schooner Medbury with which the schooner Hercules collided off Four Mile Point, has been pronounced a total wreck and loss. Until lately there was some hope of her recovery; now the faintest possibility has vanished.

There is considerable talk among mariners touching upon the probable recovery of the cargo of 350 tons of pig iron, and the machinery of the burnt propeller China. The precise locality where she disappeared is not known; but some gentlemen aver that were they guaranteed renumeration for the task, they could find the China's hull and contents without great difficulty.

A number of vessels are still said to be anchored in the shelter afforded by South Bay.

Only three of the fleet of about thirty vessels bound west during the past three weeks have reached Port Dalhousie - the M.F. Merrick, the Monticello and the St. Lawrence.

Abandoned - The tug Sweepstakes, which contracted to tow the schooners Harvest Queen and Harvest Home to Marquette from Erie and return, has been released from her engagement, the owners of the vessel not deeming it advisable to send them out at such a late period of the season - a wise conclusion.

Port Colborne, Nov. 27th - Down - Prop. Scotia, Chicago to St. Catharines, wheat; schr. Hartzell, Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, do.; prop. Canada, Chicago, Montreal, gen. cargo; barque T.C. Street, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; prop. Buckeye, Detroit, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; barque Clyde, Milwaukee, St. Catharines, wheat; schr. Trinidad, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; barque Alexander, schrs. Noyes, Mollison.

Up - Prop. St. Albans, Young America.

Ran Back Today - Barque Maggie McRae, schr. M.L. Collins, Ayr, Tom Martin, Montauk, Wacusta, Queen of the Lakes, Anna Mulvey. The Montauk carried away her jibboom against an elevator when coming in.

The schr. Russel Dart is ashore above Grand River.

The schooner J.D. Norris, which returned here yesterday, was the vessel supposed to have foundered in the gale on Monday off Nicholson Island.

Total Wreck of the Barque Sarah Ann Marsh - Consecon, Nov. 28th - The barque Sarah Ann Marsh was driven ashore in the gale last night in Weller's Bay, in two feet of water, light, draws six feet. It is feared she will be a total loss. She was owned by Dodge & Co., Belle Ewart. She was bound from Oswego to Toronto. All hands were saved. Insured in the Western Insurance Company.

A Guide To The Ottawa - Mr. Mills, of the Ordnance Lands office, has written a "Sketch of a Tour From Ottawa to Kingston via the Rideau Navigation" which will soon be published.

- ad - L.W. Jeffers & Son's Boiler Works, St. Lawrence Wharf - building and repairing of marine boilers. Nov. 28th

p.3 Customs Imports - 27th - Str. Lake Michigan, Chicago, M.T. Co.; 6,099 bush wheat.

28th - Str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo).

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1872