The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Daily Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., Jan. 14, 1860

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The Flour on the Lake Shore in Union. - The Rochester American has heard what seems to be a reasonable explanation of the discovery of fifty-five barrels of flour on the lake shore in the town of Union. It seems that one evening about the middle of December, the freight steamer Bowmanville, running between Toronto and Montreal, was lying at Oshawa; on the north side of the lake, taking in a cargo of flour.

She had received thirty-five hundred barrels when a gale of wind sprung up, making it unsafe for the steamer to lie at the dock. She accordingly cast off and went out in the lake, the Captain intending to go to Whitby for a harbor; but the gale increased in violence and the Bowmanville sprang a leak, so that at last for safety's sake, it became necessary to get rid of a portion of the cargo, and seven hundred barrels of flour were thrown overboard. It seems likely that this flour has been floating about in the lake ever since, and that a part of it may have come ashore at Union. The northerly winds that have prevailed so extensively during the past few weeks, would of course tend to give anything adrift in the lake, this direction.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Daily Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., Jan. 14, 1860