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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Oct 1856

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p.2 Chicago, Oct. 27th - There has been a tremendous gale blowing on Lake Michigan for the past two days. Advices received last night confirm the report of the total loss of the propeller Toledo off Port Washington on Friday night - forty lives lost and three saved. The cargo, merchandise for Milwaukie, was a total loss. The schooner Bohemia was wrecked at the same place and same time. The schooner Gen. Taylor, with a cargo of 11,000 bushels buckwheat, was lost four miles north of here on the same night - the crew were saved; the vessel was insured in the Buffalo Mutual Co., and the cargo here. The schooner Yankee, with a cargo of lumber, went to pieces the same night - the crew were saved. The propeller Alleghany, cargo of wheat and flour, foundered against a pier at Milwaukie. Insured at Buffalo. The schooner Bohemia belonged to the Oswego Line - her cargo consisting of railroad iron - no lives lost.


Buffalo, Oct. 29th - A letter from Port Washington, dated the 25th inst., gives additional particulars of the loss of the Toledo. She anchored on Tuesday afternoon off Port Washington.

As the storm increased she began to drag her anchors, and about six o'clock drifted ashore and went to pieces immediately. The crew numbered twenty-one, and all were lost except two deck hands and one steerage passenger, whose name is unknown.

They report seeing in the cabin two young ladies, an elderly lady and two young men. In the steerage, a man, his wife, and four children, and two young men besides the one saved.

There were undoubtedly many more. The shore is strewn for miles with pieces of the wreck, boxes, barrels, and other contents.

The storm is described as the most terrific ever seen there, and some idea of its force may be formed from the fact that the deck planks and stancheons of the vessel were all broken to pieces.

The lower part of the hull was divided and the bulwarks split in pieces of from one to six feet long. Kegs of nails, and boxes of axes were thrown high on the shore.

No bodies have yet been found, though a strict search has been made for them along the beach.

The sea is rolling, however, so heavily, that it is almost impossible to search thoroughly. Fragments of the wreck are continually being washed ashore.

Shooting Case - Yesterday morning, says the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, as the schooner Andrew J. Rich was about leaving the port, the crew refused to go to work. The captain being informed that they intended to quit, loaded a pistol with powder and wadding only, and finding that pointing it would not answer, he let fly at the centre of his rebellious flock. Whereupon our gunpowder captain, whose name is Benjamin C. Adams, was arrested and brought before Justice Waldron, charged with a murderous attempt on one McLellan, a ringleader in the mutiny. He was dismissed on this charge, but was fined $40 for simple assault. The discipline of our commercial navy on the Lakes is somewhat at loose ends, though stringent laws exist.

Imports - Oct. 28th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Schooner Leander, Toledo, 10,700 bushels corn, 47 barrels flour, Walker & Berry.

Barque Water Witch, Toledo, 15,000 bush. corn, Walker & Berry.

Steamer Ruby and barges, Clayton, 180 cords firewood, W. Brophy & Co.

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

Oct. 29th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Brig Northumberland, Racine, 14,000 bushels wheat, Hooker, Pridham & Co.

Propeller Oliver Cromwell, Detroit, 6,000 bush. wheat, 2,000 bbls. flour, Walker & Berry.

Exports - Oct. 29th - Barge Deframe, Ogdensburgh, 15,000 bush. corn.

Schooner Forwarder, Oswego, 100,000 feet sawed lumber.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Oct 1856