The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), June 12, 1861 p.1

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Upwards of $40,000 Worth of Timber Lost

On the evening of Tuesday the steamer Hercules, Capt. Miller, left the Northern Railway Company's Wharf, having in tow several large rafts of timber, amounting in the aggregate to 275,000 feet. The value of the timber was about $55,000; $30,000 of which belonged to Mr. A. McAdam, Quebec, and the remainder to Capt. McAulay. Between two and three o'clock yesterday morning, when the steamer was opposite Scarboro' Heights, it came on to blow from the north-east, and in a few minutes the breeze freshened and the waters of the Lake were lashed into perfect fury. The waves were breaking over the rafts and the men on them were in imminent danger of being washed off, and were obliged to lash themselves to the rafts. Sails which had been hoisted were hastily taken in, and everything made as secure as possible. The steamer held on her way for two or three hours, but the Captain at length considered it the most prudent course to put about, and this was done between seven and eight o'clock yesterday morning. The rafts shortly afterwards commenced to break up, and in a short time about 200,000 feet of the timber had broken adrift. The Hercules returned to port with the rest of her tow, between ten and eleven o'clock yesterday forenoon. The men on the rafts lost their all, and many of them had narrow escapes from being drowned. One of them made a stove fast to one of the logs, the log rolled over and over, and when the steamer reached the Northern Railway Wharf, it was found that the stove had been dragged through the water for several miles. We regret to announce that the loss will amount to about $45,000, the greater proportion of which will fall upon Mr. McAdam; Capt. McAulay was more fortunate. The Captain of the steamer New Era, which arrived from Hamilton yesterday afternoon, reports that he saw a great quantity of the timber floating in the vicinity of Oakville. It is possible that a portion of it may yet be recovered. The gale continued during the whole of yesterday and we may expect to hear of other disasters on the lake. [Globe 6th]

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Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), June 12, 1861 p.1