The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Aug 1856

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p.2 The Rideau & Ottawa Canals - Navigation is almost but stopped on the Ottawa, owing to the disgraceful state of the Canals. The steamer Prince Albert had great difficulty in making her way down from Kingston, light; and the Ida had to return from the Chute a Blondeau, being unable to get through that canal. It appears that a pier was built at that place during the last year, and which has since fallen into the channel, and now prevents craft from passing it. It is really too bad that so little attention is paid to keeping our public works in repair on the Ottawa. At the commencement of the season we noticed through these columns the inefficient state of the Grenville Canal, but not the least attention was given to the matter, and boats have had to make their way through it, during the whole of this season, the best way they could. It is high time that the management of these Canals should be entrusted into hands that would make it their business to see that they are kept in a good and fit state of repair for navigable purposes. It is to be hoped that this matter will now - even at this late period - receive the consideration its importance merits.

The steamer Blue Bonnet has been purchased to supply the place of the burned Welland between Toronto and St. Catharines.

Schr. W.S. Malcolm Waterlogged

Strange Conduct of the Captain and Four of the Crew

Capt. Smith, of the schooner Kyle Spangler, which arrived here last night from Cleveland, reports to us that he found the schooner W.S. Malcolm, Capt. Barck (sic), with a cargo of lumber for this port, waterlogged, yesterday afternoon, about nine miles up the lake and four miles from shore. The Captain and four of the crew had deserted the Malcolm, leaving two small boys, one about twelve and the other sixteen years of age, to take charge of the vessel. Capt. Smith, of the Spangler, despatched a boat to the unfortunate vessel, rescued the boys, and brought them into this port. They were chilled through when taken off, and very much exhausted. When Capt. Smith first discovered the vessel, by the aid of a glass, one of the boys was in the rigging making signals for relief. Notwithstanding Capt. Smith has done no more than what every true sailor would do in like circumstances, he should receive full credit for his services in this instance, in rescuing those whom Capt. Brack had deserted and given up to the mercy of the waves. (same article in News is credited to Oswego Times)

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Aug 1856