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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 5, 1873

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The gale continued with unabated vigour all day yesterday, and until an early hour this morning. There was a considerable amount of damage done...

On the Lake

The lake presented the wildest and grandest scene ever seen there. The water looked like a sheet of foam, and the greatest fears were expressed for the safety of the vessels moored in the harbour. Watchmen were employed all night to prevent as much injury as possible, and their efforts were successful in saving from total loss a great many of the vessels. Some, however, broke from their moorings, and took a little run on their own account, with insurance. The schooner Agnes, which was loaded with oats, went ashore at Herchmer's Point. She will be saved without much damage. The British Lion, after her involuntary run down the river stern on, pulled up on shore at Knapp's Point, where she will probably have to winter. The schooners Bismarck and London, moored at Garden Island, broke from their anchorage, and went ashore at Ferguson's Point, Wolfe Island. They will be got off without difficulty. The schooner Morning Star is ashore at Sluman's Point, near the Ferry wharf, and the scow Wanderer has been badly damaged. The Jessie Scarth broke from the shipyard, and was brought up at the Penitentiary wharf without much hurt. The schooner Mary Foster ran from Cataraqui Bridge down to Kingston Mills, where she is now anchored in safety. Several barges belonging to the M.T. Co. also got into trouble, but the damage done is inconsiderable. The schooners Fearless and Centurion, moored to Swift's dock, both broke loose, but were fastened again before they got out of the slip. The steamer Pierrepont on her way up from Gananoque, had to put in for shelter below Cedar Island, and she landed her passengers, who walked over to the city. The steamer Maud succeeded in making her trip to the Cape, but she took from 11 o'clock to 5 o'clock to make the passage round the foot of the Island. There was a temporary breakage in her steering apparatus, but it was made all right in a few minutes, and she reached harbour safely - her passengers being very sick. The schr. Oriental dragged her anchor from Garden Island, and collided with the Sweden, but both being very strongly built no damage was done to either vessel...

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 5, 1873