The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Oct 1856

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p.2 Welland Canal - In September past, 572 vessels passed through, 382 being American, and 190 Canadian. In the same month last year 581 went through.

On Monday the first break that has delayed navigation this season, happened at Port Dalhousie. While a vessel was in the lock, one of the lower gates gave way, the craft receiving no damage. A gate was promptly supplied, and yesterday the traffic commenced. [St. Catharines Journal 9th]

Burning of the Propeller Louisville - Prescott, 13th Oct. - On Sunday morning, Oct. 12th, the propeller Louisville, Capt. Colwell, from Chicago, bound for Ogdensburgh, took fire when opposite the Marine Railway, above Ogdensburgh. The second engineer discovered it, and immediately threw water on the flames, and manned the pumps, but owing to the excitement of the crew, the pumps broke, and the fire gained on them rapidly. She was then headed for the shore, and grounded on the Canadian side, a short distance above Prescott. In spite of the exertions of the firemen and inhabitants, and the hands of the burning boat, assisted by the United States mail steamer Cataract, her upper works were all destroyed. Nothing now remains but the blackened and charred keel. She was loaded with seven thousand bushels of wheat and one thousand barrels flour, besides quantity of leather, wool, etc. The crew were all saved. They succeeded in saving some of the furniture, but the greater part was destroyed. It is reported that the insurance on the vessel ran out last month, and she had not been reinsured.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Oct 1856