The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Picton Gazette (Picton, ON), Oct. 4, 1861

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During the tremendous gale on Lake Ontario, on the night of the 27th ultimo, the Propeller Oshawa, of Brockville, sprung a leak near the Main Ducks Islands, and put into the South Bay in a leaky condition, where, after running around in the Bay for some considerable time, she was run aground about 2 1/2 miles from the extreme end of Long Point. We visited the Propeller on Wednesday and found the hull in a ruinous and worthless condition. She lies wrenched out of shape, and large openings were distinctly visible under water. Engineers were at work taking out the machinery, which appeared to be uninjured, but the main body of the boat is considered a total wreck. The bow is turned towards the lake, and she lies in about 8 or 10 feet of water, about sixty feet from shore, and considerably careened towards the lake. The Flour - 2570 bbls. - was from the Phoenix Mills, St. Catharines, 1000 bbls. of which was the property of Messrs. Norris & Neelan of that place, and the remainder by some person whose name we could not learn. In addition to the flour there were 200 bags of bran, and 100 stoves. Somewhere about 30 of the stoves were consigned to Mr. J.N. Carter, of this town, and owned by Mr. McGee, of Toronto. At the time of running aground 500 bbls. Flour, and all of the stoves excepting three in number were thrown overboard by the lurching of the vessel after the wave had receded that carried her aground. 500 bbls. of flour were taken off by the Queen of the Bay, in a dry condition, and the remainder - 2070 bbls. - was either dashed to pieces against the rocks, or taken out of the hold wet. The loss must be severe, one man alone losing about $5000 worth of flour. The bran was sold for nine pence a bag, and nearly all had been disposed of when we left. The grappling for stoves was quite amusing, but the loss of so many fine ones is to be regretted, as nearly all are broken, and but few will be at all saleable. The Oshawa has been built nine years, and was considered one of the finest propellers of the Beaver Line, but she will not be a total loss to her owners, as she is insured.

Another propeller - the Charles Moffatt - is ashore about seven miles from Long Point, on the lake side, but our information in this instance is not sufficiently accurate to admit of a satisfactory report. This much is certain, we believe, that on the night of the 27th ult., the propeller broke part of her machinery about nine miles farther up the lake, and with the aid of sails succeeded in getting towards the South Bay, but unfortunately could not make that harbor, and consequently run aground. She was laden with Pease - and these becoming wet in the hold of the vessel - made a complete wreck of her. Thus have three propellers been wrecked, near each other, within the space of one month.

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Rick Neilson
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Picton Gazette (Picton, ON), Oct. 4, 1861