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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Dec 1853

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p.2 The Welland Canal - business calls for enlargement.

-Imports - Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 3; Exports - Dec. 1, 3.

Daily British Whig, Dec. 6, 1853

p.2 new steamer launched for Buffalo-Chippewa route. [Mail Nov. 30th]

The Wrecks at Braddock's Point - We are informed that a steam tug is expected here soon from Oswego, with barges, to remove the rail-road iron from the beached schooners, Palestine and Ontonagan. It is the design of those interested to remove as much of the cargoes as possible and bring the iron into Charlotte. Their success is very doubtful, as fair weather will alone allow them to operate. The schooners lie in bad positions, broadside to the beach. [Rochester Union]

-Effects of the Late Gales - The Explosion of the Steamer Independence [Lake Superior Journal 22nd ult.]

The Schooners Ontonagon and Palestine - We have before alluded to the fact that these vessels went ashore in consequence of the variation of the compasses, influened by the iron composing the cargo. The two schooners left Kingston, at the foot of the lake, a few hours apart, and laid their courses direct for the Welland Canal. They both went ashore during a snow storm on Thursday morning at Braddock's Point, striking but a short distance apart, and the crews not having seen each other since they were in Kingston harbor. The masters of the vessels were guided by their compasses, and supposed they were on the right course. We have a parallel for this singularly exact variation of the compass, in the sailing of two vessels several years since. The British schooner Empress and another sailed from Kingston, laden with iron, bound for the Welland Canal, and ran ashore near the same spot where the Ontonagon and Palestine now lay. The vessels beached less than 40 rods distant from each other, and the crews first met on the beach. These occurrences may be noted as remarkable coincidences. [Oswego Times]

Sunk - The steamer Huron, on her last trip from this port to Saginaw, struck a sunken rock, opposite the lighthouse near the mouth of the Saginaw River, and immediately sunk. The Detroit went up yesterday to her assistance. As the water in which the Huron lies is quite shallow, it is thought that but little difficulty will be experienced in raising her. [Detroit Free Press, Nov. 29th]

-Marine - schooner Saltillo sinks after colliding with schooner Henry Hager near Port Huron - in 6-8 fathoms.

-severe gale [Buffalo Advertiser]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Dec 1853