The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Nov. 29, 1842

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The stormy weather which prevailed last week, has interfered with the regularity of the Lake steamers. On Friday night, it blew quite a hurricane, which continued during Saturday. Two schooners, the Sir F.B. Head and the John Simpson, struck on the bar, at the mouth of the harbour here, where they still remain considerably damaged, and their cargoes, of course, also damaged. It is impossible as yet to say, to what extent these vessels and cargoes may have been injured. The Sir Francis, we understand, is laden with flour, belonging to Mr. W. Gamble, and the John Simpson, with ashes and flour, belonging to Mr. Simpson, Darlington. No insurance on either. Fears were entertained for the safety of the crews, during the raging of the storm on Saturday, when Captain Richardson, with a few others, humanely volunteered to go to their assistance, with a life boat. The crews, however, remained on their vessels. Private accounts from Kingston mention, that a number of small craft have been washed on shore, and much damaged. It is probable that we shall yet hear of some disasters on the Lakes, during the storm. [Toronto Colonist, Nov. 23rd]

Storm - During Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week, we were visited by one of the heaviest gales we recollect to have witnessed. Considerable damage was done to our wharf; there were two schooners lying at it, the Atlantic and the Nile - the former has escaped with comparatively trifling damage, but the latter has been much injured. We have spoken to a gentleman who was on board the Princess Royal, and who, though well used to the perils of the sea, declares he never saw any thing equal to it, - for some hours they were in the most perilous situation, having broken their shaft. Our informant tells us, that nothing could exceed the coolness and skill of Captain Colcleugh and his crew, and as a token of their sense thereof, the passengers have addressed a complimentary letter to Captain C. The Princess has proved herself a first-rate boat, indeed all the boats of the line are equal to any on the Continent. [Cobourg Star, Nov. 23rd]

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Rick Neilson
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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Nov. 29, 1842