p.3 Disastrous Event - We are sorry to learn, that on Monday last, in attempting to tow across Lake Ontario, by the steam-boat Canada from the river Humber to the Welland Canal Harbour, a large Raft consisting of 15,000 feet of choice timber, belonging to the Lock Company, a strong south-west gale arose when about 12 miles out, and continued with such violence as to separate the raft in pieces, in spite of every exertion by those concerned to prevent it, which scattered in different directions, and floated off entirely at the mercy of the waves.
It is probable, when we consider that westerly winds generally prevail at this season of the year, that this timber will drift ashore towards the lower end of the lake; and should this be the case, it is earnestly hoped that all those who may observe or fall in with any part of this valuable lot of lumber, will take measures to secure the same, and immediately give information to Mr. Oliver Phelps, the Company's Agent, at St. Catherines, U.C. either by mail or otherwise, as may be most convenient. [Farmer's Journal, Oct. 4th]
ad for Steam Boat Niagara, J. Mosier, Master, with timetable for remainder of season. Oct. 10th, 1826.