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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 5, 1872

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Wednesday, Dec. 4th - The propeller Canada left yesterday for Oswego with a general cargo. She goes to Toronto or Hamilton to lay up.

The schooner D.M. Foster passed down on Monday for Ogdensburg where she winters.

The propellers America and Dromedary passed up.

The steamer Hiram A. Calvin proceeded to the stranded steamer York at Poplar Point, and it is expected that she will be instrumental in clearing and bringing her to Kingston today. A good many of the barrels of flour delivered at Swift's per schooner Annie Falconer are somewhat damaged, but not to any serious extent. The hull and cargo of the York will be considerably injured, which, if all consumed in the city, will surely place bread at a discount.

The propeller Ocean reached here yesterday from Chicago with a cargo of grain consigned to the Montreal Transportation Company which will be forwarded to Montreal per Grand Trunk Railway Company. The Ocean loads iron at McPhie's for Chicago.

The schooner White Oak, after four days absence unsuccessfully attempting to reach Hamilton, ran back yesterday. She will discharge her cargo of pig iron and go into winter quarters.

The brig Peerless, bound from Oswego to Hamilton, also returned here yesterday.

The schr. Dashing Wave will unload her cargo of iron and go on the Marine Railway for general repairs.

The schr. Agnes Hope also discharged her cargo and lay up.

The schr. Sea Bird, which was stated in our last issue to have been stove in by sticking her anchor on the shoal off the Canadian Engine and Machinery Works, and sunk in the channel between Garden and Wolfe Islands, has been pumped out and will be hauled out on the Marine Railway for repairs. About 1,000 bushels of her cargo of barley, consigned to Cape Vincent, is damaged.

The steamer William and tug Lady Franklin succeeded late yesterday afternoon in pulling off the barge Robin, where she had drifted and grounded on the shoal near Point Frederick.

Oswego Vessels - From private despatches we have ascertained the whereabouts of some of the Oswego vessels which were out in the recent gale:

The schr. Nassua, from Sheboygan to Oswego with wheat, was out in the ice on Lake Erie all day Saturday, but got back to Detroit, where she will lay up. Point Pelee passage is closed.

The schrs. Fitzhugh and Florida, with corn from Chicago to Oswego, arrived at Port Colborne Saturday noon, where they will lay up.

The schr. Havana, with wheat from Milwaukie for Oswego, is at Thorold.

The schr. Jamaica and Czar, bound from Oswego to Chicago, have laid up at Port Huron.

The schr. Guiding Star, bound from Oswego to Detroit, was at anchor off Port Dover, Saturday.

The schr. Camanche, from Oswego for Chicago, left Port Huron before the gale, but has not been heard from since.

The schr. Madeira has laid up at Chicago.

The schr. American, bound from Oswego to Chicago, has not been heard from.

The schr. C.G. Mixer, which left here on the 12th, was 14 days in getting to the canal.

The schrs. Jennie Mullen and A.J. Rogers, which left Oswego some days since for the Upper Lakes were in the Genessee River at latest advices.

The schrs. West Side, Geo. C. Finney and Nevada left Port Colborne, but came back, the former with the loss of some of her canvas.

For Chicago - The propellers Lawrence, Champlain and City of Boston, of the N.T. Co.'s line, left Oswego last night for Chicago, with the expectation of getting through. They have been lying in that port for the past two or three days waiting for the gale to subside.

For Toronto - The propeller Prairie State, which has been lying in Oswego for several days, left yesterday for Toronto.

The mild weather has encouraged vessel owners, and efforts will be made to get some of them through that are now lying in the Welland Canal. One of the owners of the Gilbert Mollison left Oswego today for the canal to see what the prospect is in getting the vessel through.

Port Colborne, Dec. 3rd - Down - Schr. Guiding Star ran back today.

Thursday, Dec. 5th - The steamer Hiram A. Calvin yesterday returned to this port with the unfortunate steamer York, which had been for some days ashore on Petticote reef, near Poplar Point. We are informed that in twenty minutes from the time the pumps were set in motion the steamer was cleared (at 10:30 o'clock) and soon after she was on her way to Kingston in tow of the Calvin, but using her one engine most of the way. They reached here in the afternoon at four o'clock. Today the York is discharging her hull cargo of flour at Swift's wharf. The hold, when the steamer was on the reef, was full of water, completely enveloping the flour, which is all more or less damaged, according to the depth the wet has penetrated through the barrels. It seems that the York's bow went hard ashore, the sea washing over her decks and stern and giving them a coating of several inches thickness. Had she been lying broadside to the gale it is probable she would have sustained serious injury. As soon as the York is entirely unloaded she will be taken to Garden Island and allowed to sink, it being impossible to procure a dry dock on which to repair her this fall.

From the Montreal Star we learn that the Royal Mail steamer Magnet was delayed on her last downward passage by the ice in the Beauharnois Canal, and will possibly winter at the village of Valleyfield.

The schooner Merrick has reached Detroit. This is the only one of the fleet of nearly one hundred vessels loaded in this port about two months ago.

All quiet in the harbour today.

Port Colborne, Dec. 4th - The schooner Margaret Muir arrived from Milwaukie with wheat. She is discharging at the elevator.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 5, 1872