The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 7, 1843

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p.2 We learn from Mr. Wilson, of Sharon, that the steamer Kent, Van Allen, Master, on her passage down Lake Erie from Detroit to Buffalo, broke her shaft in two places and was otherwise seriously damaged in a gale of wind, a few days since. The Kent was towed into Malden by the steamer Fairport; and the passengers of the former boat were taken into Buffalo by the latter; it is uncertain when the Kent will resume her trips. This accident will cause much inconvenience to our Western travellers, the Kent being the only boat on this line touching at the various ports on the Canada shore. [Toronto Herald]

Montreal Gazette, Oct. 20, 1843

p.2 We have received particulars of further disasters in the storm on Lake Ontario on the 7th instant. The most calamitous is that of the Wellington, laden with wheat. That vessel took shelter from the storm in Presqu'isle, and it is supposed her cargo got wet. She put out the next day, and nothing but her fragments have since cast up, coming ashore at Wellington. There can be little doubt that the grain on board her had swelled until the seams opened, and that she foundered in the Lake, and there is very reason to fear that all hands were lost. We regret to say that a nephew of Mr. Archibald M'Faul of Wellington, was on board her, and there is no reason to hope that he escaped the fate of the crew. The Henrietta, of Kingston, belonging to Messrs. Macpherson, Crane & Co., had a narrow escape from a total loss, her sails being all carried away in the storm. It is believed also that other vessels were lost in the same storm, among them the Sydenham, of Kingston, of which there are no accounts. It is also said that an American vessel is lost at the upper end of the lake. Fears are entertained for the safety of the Olive Branch. The Clyde lost her fore-topmast.


On Tuesday the 10th instant, a new steamboat, in course of erection by Captain Laughton, was launched at Point Mars, on Lake Simcoe, in the presence of a great concourse of spectators. She is of much larger dimensions than the present boat, the Simcoe, whose place she is intended to supply, and has been built under the able superintendence of Mr. John Purkis, whose experience and skill are well known to the inhabitants of Toronto. The vessel glided beautifully off the stocks, into her watery bed, amidst the loudest acclamations, and shouts of "success to the Beaver," than which a finer boat needs not be seen. Immediately after the launch, Charles Thompson, Esq., announced that he had been intrusted with a set of colours, which had been purchased by subscription, by a few ladies in Toronto, to be presented as a compliment to Captain Laughton. This, of course, called forth a little speechification on both sides, after which the colours were hoisted, and the Beaver was seen in all her gaiety. The company then gave three cheers and retired to the cabin, where an elegant dinner was soon served up.

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 7, 1843