The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 12, 1844

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p.2 Buffalo, Oct. 5th - The propellers having answered so well on the Oswego and Upper Lake routes, the principal forwarders there, together with those in Cleveland, have formed a gigantic plan of controlling much of this trade by the establishment of a tri-weekly line of this description of vessels on the opening of navigation the ensuing season. The limited means which the people of Oswego now have, and its practical results, with only two season's experience, plainly demonstrate that much more can be accomplished with increased facilities, and hence the contemplated undertaking.

Montreal Gazette, Oct. 22, 1844

p.2 The new steamer built at Chippewa by the Niagara Dock Company was launched last week in good style, and was christened "The London," Miss Fanny Smyth acting as sponsor. The new vessel is pronounced by competent judges the most beautiful model on the western waters, and no doubt is entertained but she will prove a "crack boat." Her dimensions are 170 feet length on deck, 25 feet beam, 10 feet hold, and her engine is equal to 80 horses' power. The state-rooms will be upon deck, and no expense will be spared in fitting and furnishing her. No doubt is entertained that the commerce on the British side of Lake Erie is now large enough to furnish employment for a line of steamers, and there is no fear that the London - so called in compliment to the town of that name, where several of the stockholders reside - will be a profitable investment. We hope there is public spirit enough in the province to complete the line so favourably commenced by the construction of the London, and that in no long time we may be able to write something creditable about "our steam navy" on the Upper Lakes. [Niagara Chronicle]

Montreal Gazette, Oct. 29, 1844

p.2 Buffalo, Oct. 21, 1844 - ....The lake rose to the unprecedented height of thirteen feet, being full four feet above all previous points....(details of destruction of property, damage to canal boats, etc.)

The Fulton is probably a total wreck. There were on board one hundred and sixty tons merchandize from Monroe, Toledo, and other places, which must of necessity get damaged. The Captain was in town last evening procuring additional hands to secure all that he could.

From Port Stanley, and other places on the Canadian side it is the same. The pier at Dover is gone, and the lighthouse and ? at Port Colborne. The southern terminus of the Welland Canal is carried away. Two Kingston schooners, with cargoes from Western ports, are beached there. Three sail from Oswego came in there, during the gale, for safety. Boats from Detroit must bring us more disasters.

Two steamers, the Missouri and Buffalo, are in, and report nine vessels capsized and driven ashore between this port and Cleveland, a distance of two hundred miles. Beyond that is still to be heard from.

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 12, 1844