The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1876

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p.2 Marine Notes

Holcomb & Stewart - steambarge Clinton and barge Grimsby from Duluth lightened 3,600 bushels of wheat each and proceeded to Montreal.

A. Gunn & Co. - strs. Rochester, from Belleville, and Simon Davis from Smith's Falls.

J. Swift - strs. Corsican from Montreal; and Algerian from Hamilton.

Montreal Transportation Company - schr. Craftsman from Chicago, 18,539 bush. wheat; schr. City of Manitouwac, from Muskegon, lightened 25,000 feet of deal; tug Glide left for Montreal with barges Cayuga, 549 tons coal; and Chicago 18,539 bush. wheat and schrs. City of Manitowac 357,000 feet deals, and Edward Blake with timber for Liverpool.

Port Colborne, July 13th - Down - Schr. Gulnair, Ashtabula, Hamilton, coal; prop. Zealand, Toledo, Montreal, oats; schr. G.B. Sloan, Muskegon, Ogdensburg, lumber; Arctic, Cleveland, Thorold, coal; Pride of America, Pt. Medcalf, timber; barge Mary Jane, Bay City, timber; tug Metamora, Grand Marie, Kingston; barge F. Russell, Grand Marie, Kingston, timber; H. Benson, Grand Marie, Kingston, timber; G. Manly, Grand Marie, Kingston, timber.

Up - schr. M.L. Collins, Fair Haven, Chicago, coal; sloop Pat Lyons, Welland, Buffalo, iron.

In harbour - steam yacht Lizzie Sutton, from Buffalo.


For the Benefit of the Band of the 14th Battalion Volunteers

on str. Rochester to Stella Point, on Monday next, July 17th; tickets 25 cents, (times and details)

p.3 Customs Imports - July 14th - Prop. Clinton, Mawdsby, Holcomb & Stewart, 3,529 bush. wheat.

Schr. Grimsby, Duluth, Holcomb & Stewart, 3,559 bush. wheat.

Schr. Craftsman, Chicago, M.T. Co., 18,539 bush. wheat.

A Big Haul

[Welland Telegraph]

We have been credibly informed that on Sunday, the 18th of June, a couple of gentlemen arrived in Port Colborne and called on Mr. Hep, diver, in the employ of Chas. F. Dunbar, contractor, and told him they wanted him to accompany them to a certain spot on the Chippewa Creek and there dive for something, for which service he would be well rewarded. He acquiesced in their wish, and while he was getting his diving apparatus ready, Mr. Abesault, a butcher of Port Colborne, was persuaded to go also with his waggon and take the diver and his equipment. They followed their employers to a point on the creek near Candasville, and work was then commenced. A large piece of cork, with a powerful magnet attached, was floated out on the water, and after a short time settled at a given point. The diver then put on his dress and walked in, taking with him a spade. After a little search a strong iron chest was discovered imbedded about two feet in the bed of the river. A strong chain was put around it and with much difficulty it was dragged ashore. The chest was about eighteen inches square by two feet long, and was one mass of rust. The two gentlemen then put their treasure into their buggy and drove to Fenwick, followed by Hep and Abesault. While there the latter overheard the others remark that the chest could not contain less than $250,000 in gold. After a refreshment the men were paid off, returning to Port Colborne, while the two strangers drove off with their treasure in another direction, their destination and names being unknown. It will be remembered by some that immediately after the Stoney Creek massacre in 1813, the Americans retreated to Chippewa Creek, and got in a boat to flee to the other side (there being no aquaduct across the creek at Welland as now) and were overtaken by the British troops and the boats burnt, and the supposition is that this treasure was then in the boat, and was either thrown overboard on the approach of the English or sank with the boat, most probably the former, and has lain there ever since, some sixty-four years.

The above are all the particulars we have learned in connection with the affair, save that several old settlers have from time to time grappled for a box which it was rumoured was lying in the bed of the river, and contained immense wealth, being left there by the Americans when they fled before the English in 1813.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1876