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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Sep 1856

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p.2 Imports - Sept. 29th - Schooner Utica, Monroe, 27,300 West India and pipe staves, Calvin & Breck.

Steamer Ontario, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Steamer Ranger, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

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

Barque Water Witch, Milwaukee, 14,019 bushels wheat, Walker & Berry.


Bark Col. Camp Sunk - We learn that the bark Col. Camp, of Sackets Harbor, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago for S.J. Holley, of this city, collided with the Propeller Plymouth, and went down immediately in deep water. We understand the collision occurred on Lake Michigan. Cargo insured in the Buffalo Mutual. No other particulars.

Gros Cape, where several vessels went ashore in the late gale, is on the Canada shore at the head of Lake Michigan, northeast of St. Helena, and about midway between Point aux Chenes and Point la Barba. The shore is represented on the chart to be sandy, clayey and muddy. The Buffalo papers call this point Gow Cap, which is an error.

The Buffalo papers report the following additional disasters by the late gale:-

The propelleer R.E. Foss is ashore at Kalamazoo, in Grand River, Mich.

The brig. Castalia lost her foremast and head gear on Lake Michigan.

The propeller Charles Mears is ashore on east shore of Lake Michigan.

The schooner Flying Dutchman, with a cargo of coal, sprung leak, and was run ashore above Dunkirk.

The schooner Kenosha, which was reported ashore, is an error. She is in Chicago.

The Toledo Commercial of the 19th says: Capt. Allen, of the schooner Carlton, from Oswego, reports an unknown schooner aground, on a shoal off Point au Pelee, on Wednesday morning. The wind was blowing fresh at the time, and as the schooner did not appear to be hard on, Capt. Allen thought she would probably sway off during the day.

Schr. S.J. Holley Again Sunk - By a telegraphic despatch from the Secretary of the Buffalo Mutual Insurance Company, to Latham, Tozer & Perry, we learn that the schooner S.J. Holley with a cargo of wheat from Chicago for this port, is sunk on False Presque Isle, Lake Huron. She is insured for $10,500 - $5,200 in the North Western, and the balance in the Buffalo Mutual. Her freight list of $2,500 is also insured in the North Western. The Holley was owned by Latham, Tozer, and S.J. Holley, of this city.

This is the vessel, it will be remembered, that collided with the bark Chieftain, on Lake Erie, last season, and was towed into Detroit by Morse & Johnson's schooner Montgomery. The owners of the Halley have not yet learned that anything has been done to save their vessel, but presume that Morse & Johnson will again render all the assistance in their power when they hear of the disaster.

Committed For Desertion - The crime of desertion from vessels in port is not passed over as lightly as has been in times past on the lakes. Samuel McCrea and Charles O'Shea, sailors on the brig Sandusky, were apprehended and committed to jail on Monday for deserting their vessel, and retained in custody until she was ready to sail. [Chicago Press]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Sep 1856