The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Sept. 30, 1841

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p.? Official Kingston Correspondent - "A strong breeze began to blow last evening down the Lake, which has raged like a hurricane throughout the whole day. Besides other disasters which are to be apprehended when further intelligence can be received from above, I have to mention the loss last evening on Snake Island Reef, about 4 miles above this, of the new schooner William Cayley, from St. Catharines for this place, with a thousand or 1200 bushels of flour for O. Bostwick of your city. I do not know of any other consignees. Her masts are gone over; she has keeled over, and is abandoned as a total loss. She was insured, but I can learn no intelligence in relation to the cargo. The vessel belonged to Macpherson, Crane & Co.

Montreal Gazette, Oct. 1, 1841

p.2 O.K.C. Sept. 29th - "The wreck of the Cayley was towed into port last evening, and the cargo is now unloading, a very tedious operation, the vessel being sunk even with the water. It is thought most of the flour must be in her, as only about 30 barrels have been picked up near where she was wrecked."

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Sept. 30, 1841