The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1856

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p.2 Loss of a Lake Steamer - A telegraphic dispatch from Buffalo received by E. Wood Walter, Esq., secretary of the Board of Underwriters, states that the propeller Brunswick bound from Chicago to Bufalo, foundered on Friday night last, in a gale of wind, five miles from Manitou Island, Lake Michigan, and sunk in 300 feet of water. Her cargo consisted of 15,000 corn, 130 packages (bbls. and tierces) of lard, and 40 tons of scrap iron. She was to call at Racine for ten tons of wool, but it was not known that she got it.

Since the above was in type we find the following in the Buffalo Courier of yesterday:

The Brunswick had become disabled in the gale, and had foundered in 30 fathoms of water, off the Foxes. All the crew were saved except one man.

The Brunswick was owned by the Western Transportation Company, of this city, and was not insured. She was three years old, and was valued at about $20,000. Her cargo, which was insured, consisted as follows: 15,000 bush. corn, consigned to Fish & Avery; 105 brls. and tierces lard, and 75 tons of old iron for the Western Transportation Co. - all of which with the propeller, will be a total loss.

The Great Western Boats - The joint Committee appointed by the City Council and the Board of Trade, had a conference with the Directors of the Great Western Railway Company, yesterday, on the subject of the contemplated withdrawal of the steamboats Canada and America; and we are glad to learn that there is a probability of some arrangement being come to, by which the boats will continue running until the end of the season, either on the present or some other route.

The Board of Vessel Inspectors attached to the Lake Association of Underwriters, comprising twenty-six companies, are now in session in Buffalo, revising the inspection of all the vessels on the lakes whose inspections have been returned to them. The total number returned as surveyed and inspected, is twelve hundred and twelve.

Imports - Aug. 14th - Str. Britannia, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Sloop Messenger, Oswego, 100 barrels salt, 16 barrels mess pork, J. Carruthers & Co.; 15 tons coal, T. Drummond & Co.

Str. Protection, Montreal, 4 cases British dry goods, W. Harty & Co.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, (gen. cargo)

Exports - Aug. 13th - Schr. Maid of the West, Chicago, 250 tons salt, 27,000 feet sawed lumber.

Schooner Sarah Bond, Oswego, 150,000 feet sawed lumber; 4 cords laths.

Barque S.A. Marsh, Chicago, 280 tons salt, 60,000 feet sawed lumber.

Schooner Plymouth, Chicago, 120 tons salt, 200,000 feet sawed lumber.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1856