John Miller (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1846
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Captain Lucas, of the schooner JOHN MILLER, informs us that they encountered a very severe gale, on Lake Ontario, on the night of Tuesday last, and had to put in for safety, about half past nine o'clock, on the south shore of the lake. The JOHN MILLER is now aground, about five miles below the mouth of the Niagara River. She is laden with wheat, shipped by Mr. John McFarlane, on Montreal account.
The cargo is considerably damaged, and the schooner is supposed to be greatly injured. The JOHN MILLER is the property of Captain Lucas. The captain repaired at once to Youngston, the nearest Port of Entry, to Protest against wind and weather, but to his astonishment, he could find no one there competent to take his Protest, and he on that account came to Toronto, where the necessary documents were executed before a Notary Public.
The schooner was not insured, but the cargo was insured at Montreal. Captain Lucas has been traversing Lake Ontario for the last seven years, and during his experience he has never encountered so severe a storm as that on Tuesday night last. We apprehend that other vessels on the lake must have suffered.
The GEORGE WATERBURY, of Oakville, was in company with the JOHN MILLER about four o'clock of the afternoon, but Captain Lucas can give no account of what became of her. She was laden with wheat. She is a small schooner, and great fears are entertained for her safety. Captain Lucas reports another schooner (name no known to him) ashore at Port Dalhousie, with 8,000 bushels of wheat on board.
The brig LIVERPOOL, belonging to Cook & Calvin, of Garden Island, dragged anchor ashore at Port Dalhousie, but was got off on Wednesday, as Captain Lucas understands, without sustaining any damage. Her cargo was probably timber, as she usually engaged in that trade.
The Argus, Kingston
October 20, 1846
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