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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1873

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p.2 Marine News

It was thought that the back of the gale was broken last night, but this morning it is blowing as strong as ever - the wind having gone round in a westerly direction. There is the greatest difficulty in getting the elevators to work, as the sea which is on prevents the necessary steadiness for the proper elevating of grain. The arrivals have been almost nil, as the wind was directly ahead.

Jones & Miller's wharf - The barges Cato and Alabama leave tonight, if possible, with 21,200 bush. of wheat for Montreal.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - The prop. Armenia lightened 5,000 bush. of wheat from Chicago. The tug Glide arrived with ten barges. Nothing can be sent away just now on account of the difficulty in elevating. The M.T. Company have enough barges to unload the fleet at present at the dock, but stress of weather prevents them.

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - The tug Belle P. Cross coaled here this morning. She was obliged to leave a tow of barges with lumber from Saginaw to Ogdensburg at South Bay on account of the gale. The steamer Picton passed down this morning at ten o'clock, being fifteen hours late. The steamer Osprey passed down. The American steamer Addie and tug Wren coaled here.

Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - The tug Wren arrived with six barges last night and 50 tons of pig iron for the Canadian Hardware Company.

The cargo of the schooner Cecilia Jeffrey has been abandoned by the consignee. It was fully insured in the Montreal Assurance Company, and was worth about $1.25 per bushel. A letter was received by the consignees from the shipper this morning, expressing his great regret at the loss of the grain, as it was the finest cargo of wheat shipped from Toronto this season. The cargo is worth about $13,000, and is advertised for sale on Wednesday.

Storm Drum - The Drum has been up since Friday.

The Gale - A day yesterday the gale continued with unabated violence, and between six and seven o'clock last night, it had increased to an extent never before witnessed on Lake Ontario. The wind blew from the north-east, from which our harbour is well sheltered, so that no damage was done here; but on the outer lake the strain on vessels must have been very severe. Today the gale continues, but the wind has veered round to the westward, which will have the effect of bringing down whatever vessels may be through the Canal, but it also increases the danger of vessels in the harbour. We have not heard of any disaster so far.

Sinking of the Brig Powhattan

Ogdensburg, Oct. 20th - The brig Powhattan, bound from Cleveland to Ogdensburg, sank at Alexander (sic - Alexandria) Bay this morning, while lying at dock she pounded a hole in her bilge. The cargo, consisting of 11,000 bushels of wheat is a total loss, the water being over deck.

The Storm - Marine Disasters

Detroit, Oct. 21st - No vessels passing up to noon today. Several are lying near awaiting the storm to subside. The steamer Mineral Rock, and two barges are ashore and a total loss at White Rock, Lake Huron. The crew were saved; no cargo. The barge J.F. Rush lost her deck load of lumber near the same place; also her mast. Her crew were saved, and the vessel anchored off shore, and will probably be saved. One unknown vessel is in distress off the point, and the bark Lake Huron. The steamer Lowell saved part of the crew but has not yet arrived at this port. Wind southwest and snowing.

ad - Sale of Damaged Grain - The Damaged Wheat, about 8,500 bushels, on board the schr. Cecilia Jeffreys, lying on the Tower Shoal, will be sold by Public Auction to the highest cash bidder, on Wednesday, October 22nd, at 12 o'clock, noon, at Swift & Co.'s Wharf.

Oct. 21st, 1873 W.R. Taylor, Marine Inspector.

p.3 Oswego, Oct. 20th - The schooner New York, with lumber from Toronto to this port, went ashore last night, above the new breakwater. The crew were saved.

The schooner New York, ashore above the piers, is breaking up, and will be a total wreck. The storm is the severest of the season, and it is feared other disasters have occurred.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1873