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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1873

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p.2 Damaged Grain - The sale of damaged grain ex Cecilia Jeffreys took place today at Swift's wharf. There were about 8,500 bushels and the whole was sold to Messrs. Folger & Hanley for the sum of $730, the purchasers to remove the grain at their own expense, and to pay half the cost of pumping out the water.

The Gale

The gale blew yesterday afternoon and evening with increasing fierceness. The oldest frequenter of the docks cannot remember when a storm of such long duration occurred. Yesterday the elevators were compelled to be silent, as it was utterly impossible to work on account of the heavy sea. At the Montreal Transportation Company's dock there is quite a fleet of vessels, and for the reason above stated they cannot get discharged. The propeller Armenia arrived in port on Tuesday morning, and has not been able to lighten her cargo in order to proceed down the river. The schooners Clyde and M.C. Cameron are both aground in 11 1/2 feet of water at the pier, but there is no damage done. In attempting to get the schooner Cecilia into the slip for the purpose of making an effort to unload her, she ran against the barge Chicago, smashing her head gear. The barge was uninjured. The sea was so heavy that the vessel's headway could not be stopped in time to avoid a collision. She had a narrow escape from running into the stern of the propeller Enterprise.

The steamer Passport was unable to go up the lake last night, and only left this morning. The steamer Corinthian did not leave Toronto yesterday at all. The prop. Persia arrived at the dock this morning, but she will have to wait for calmer weather to get her cargo discharged.

The tug Belle P. Cross still remains at Swift's dock, being unable to leave to resume her tow, which she left in South Bay yesterday morning. The prop. Lake Erie arrived this morning, and from her appearance it seems as if her cargo had shifted during her trip down the lake last night. We have not heard, however, if this is so.

The American schooner Montmorency was seen coming down the lake yesterday morning with a flag of distress flying. The tug Wren, which happened to be at the Penitentiary wharf, went to her assistance, and found that she had lost both her anchors and about 45 anchors of chain. The Wren towed her to Garden Island, where it was found she had sustained no further damages, and a tug being sent from Ogdensburg, she was towed down to that place, which was her destination. It is reported that the propeller Young America is on shore at Thirty Mile Point, but we have not heard it confirmed. No news of disasters on the Lake has been received as yet, but we are afraid that a large amount of property has been destroyed by the gale. It seems to be calming off this afternoon, but the storm drum is still up, and that is an indication of still further danger.

The Late Gale - Vessels Ashore

Vittoria, Oct. 22nd - The schooner Union, of Port Dover, went ashore 12 miles above Port Maitland in the gale of yesterday. She was loaded with timber for the Welland Railway. The entire crew, consisting of five men and a woman and child, were safely landed in the boat. She is new and strong and lying easy, so that the cost of getting her off will not be very great. The vessel and cargo are owned by Messrs. A. & S. McCall, of Port Riche, and was sailed by a brother of the firm. The vessel and cargo was not insured.

Leamington, Oct. 22nd - The bark Woodruff of Buffalo dragged her anchor and came ashore here last night.

p.3 Schr. New York Ashore - The schr. New York, Captain Jackman, in attempting to make the harbour last night during the prevalence of a blinding storm of rain and wind, fetched up near the new pier, and attempted to tack, the vessel missed stays and drifted ashore. Her bow lies against the west end of the new pier, and her stern on the shore, sheltered somewhat from the sea. She is laden with 230,000 feet of lumber from Toronto for J.K. Post & Co., of this city. The vessel is some 26 years old, and is owned by Thompson, Smith & Son, of Toronto, and the captain. She will probably be got off. [Oswego Times]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1873