The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Jan. 7, 1846

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p.2 Port Stanley - The Last of the Fall Fleet - The schooner Louise, Captain Taylor, left Port Stanley on her downward trip, for Kingston, on the 6th November, with a cargo of wheat and flour; after discharging which, she shipped a valuable cargo of merchandize, for the merchants of Port Stanley, St. Thomas, and London, and sailed from Kingston on the 20th November. Captain Taylor experienced a great deal of severe weather during his upward passage, and did not succeed in getting on Lake Erie until the beginning of December. In beating up for Port Stanley, he encountered one of those heavy squalls which Lake Erie is so much subject to at this advanced period of the year, and he was compelled to run for shelter into the cut of Long Point, where, in a short time, his vessel got completely ice-bound; and to such an extent as to permit a safe communication on the ice between the vessel and the shore. Captain Taylor, no way daunted with his prospects, despatched a messenger to Port Stanley to request the Light-house keeper to keep the light burning till Christmas!! to throw its friendly radiance "wide o'er the watery waste" and "guide the mariner amid the storm," as he was determined to bring his vessel into port, if at all practicable. The wind came round on the morning of the 12th December, to E.S.E., blowing a stiff breeze, and, in a few hours, the ice gave way in all directions around the vessel; at once all canvas was crowded on her, and late on the evening of the 12th December, the Louise was discovered looming up in the offing at Port Stanley. The ice being strong between the piers, a yoke of oxen was procured to draw the Louise to her berth in the harbour. The various consignees of the goods on board the Louise, feel deeply indebted to Captain Taylor for his energy and able seamanship, and indomitable perseverance in bringing his vessel, through so many difficulties, safely into port, and under circumstances that would fully have justified him in laying his vessel up in Long Point Bay, for the winter, and thus have subjected the owners of the property on board to an enormous expense in land-carriage. This is understood to be one of the latest arrivals on record, at Port Stanley, in any season. The Louise is the vessel reported in the American papers as firmly ice-bound in Long Point Bay. The importance of the cut at Long Point, as a harbour of refuge for the shipping on Lake Erie, must be very obvious to our government, and we earnestly trust something will be done to improve it.

[Toronto Globe]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Jan. 7, 1846