The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jul 1856

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p.2 White Fish - The Brighton fishermen have had glorious success. On Saturday night, the 19th instant, Mr. Huff's establishment on Milligan Bench within about 40 rods of the west end of Presqu' Isle Harbour, captured, at one haul, 5,660 splendid White Fish, besides a rear guard of 1,300 caught at the same time by the Messrs. James and Angus Chisholm, in their herring net. On Sunday night the Seine got 6,000; the Herring-net 1,200.

On Monday night the Seine enclosed a vast multitude, but unfortunately the net broke, which however enabled the Chisholm net to get 4,000, the Seine only securing 2,000.

On Tuesday night the Seine hauled in nigh 16,000 ! the little net getting only 600 this time; altogether nigh 37,000 of the most delicious species of fresh water fish in four nights. Such multitudes of fine fish is a very great blessing; all the world's agog after them, and 'tis merry times among the fishermen.

We sincerely hope that all the fisheries on Lake Ontario have had equal success.


The Marine Inspectors who have lately visited the wreck of the steamer Northern Indiana, have thus reported as to her condition.

All that remained of a noble boat that a few hours before had left her port, as perfect in all her appointments (and particularly so to ensure her safety against the element that destroyed her) as any boat that ever floated, was what remained above water of her battered, burnt and unsightly machinery. Her shafts too are just at the surface of the water. The wood work of port wheel is entirely destroyed, and burnt up to the very flanges; most of her starboard wheel remains resting on the bottom, her gallows frame is all destroyed, every vestige of wood work burnt up. The walking beam is suspended in its place by the connecting and the gallows frame rods. Shafts, half of wheels, steam chimnies, tops of cylinders, and walking beam and the connections are all that remain above water. The hull is apparently split open fore and aft - probably done by the sea breaking into her the day before - as we found one side of her, forward floating, wrenched apart.

Loss of the Kate Hayes - The Milwaukee American learns that "this vessel bound down with a cargo of wheat from this port, was lost just below Mackinac. She is a total wreck. The vessel contained about 15,000 bushels of wheat, purchased in this city on Oswego account. The cargo was insured in the United States Ins. Co. of this city, to the amount of $9,000 and the balance in Oswego. The wheat was insured at $1.30 per bushel, so that the loss will prove a good "sale" for the owners. A defect in the chart of the Captain of the Hayes caused him to run on a reef."

Imports - July 25th - Str. Lawrence, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. George Moffatt, Oswego, 126 barrels flour, Holcomb & Henderson.

Str. Ottawa, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. Bay State, Oswego, (gen. cargo).

Str. Oshawa, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

July 26th - Str. Arabian, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Schr. Carrier Dove, Oswego, 134 barrels water lime, Hooker, Pridham & Co.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, (gen. cargo).

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jul 1856