The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Globe (Toronto, ON), May 27, 1852

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From the Owen Sound Comet

We regret to have to announce the wreck of the steamer Belle on Sunday night last, the 16th instant on Cape Croker in Georgian Bay, when en route to Owen Sound, and about thirty miles out. We are informed by Capt. McGregor, master of the steamer, that about four o'clock in the afternoon of Sunday, a strong breeze commenced to blow from the north-east, and continued so till about eight o'clock, when it lulled. At this time the weather became very thick and foggy, and the Captain put the vessel one point to eastward of the usual route, for the purpose of keeping well off Cape Crocker and Griffith's Island. The weather still continuing to thicken, a consultation was held a few minutes previous to ten o'clock, with the mate, as to the proper course to adopt under the circumstance, when it was concluded that the vessel should stand off into Georgian Bay until Morning. At the moment that the Captain was giving the order to the engineer, the vessel struck on what was on Monday morning found to be Cape Crocker, or as it is sometimes called Cape Montresser. The Belle cost about $22, 000 and was insured for $14000. About $5, 000 dollars will probably put her all right again. On Monday morning the passengers, crew, &c., were landed on the Cape, where they no doubt made themselves as miserably comfortable as possible. The captain, mate and engineer reached our port about ten o'clock on Monday night, and on Wednesday sent a schooner to relieve those at the Cape. Last night the Captain with some of his crew started for Bruce Mines, (which they expected to reach in two days, ) to inform Charles Thompson, Esq. who had chartered the boat from Buffalo, of the sad catastrophe. There is no certainty when a boat will be on this route, but we feel confident that the enterprise of Mr. Thompson will secure one at the earliest possible date. We need not expect any arrangement that can give the route a boat however, sooner than two weeks.

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Bill Hester
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Globe (Toronto, ON), May 27, 1852