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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Nov 1856

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p.2 The Steamboats - We have ceased advertising the regular days of departure of the various Steamboats which leave Kingston, because the boisterous weather and the lateness of the season have thrown all the Boats out of their days. Steamboats until the end of the season, will be advertised specially.


Vessel Sunk - Providential Escape of the Crew - One of the "stiffest" gales that has been experienced at Port Stanley for a long time past blew on Wednesday night. Several vessels bound for the Port were obliged to stand out to sea in consequence of the danger which would be incurred by endeavoring to enter the harbour. A schooner lost its anchor, and another the Royal Oak, was dashed with such force against the piers of the harbour that her bows were stove in, and she sunk almost instantly. The crew saved themselves by clinging to the rigging and were eventually got off safely. The Royal Oak had a cargo of 100 tons of coal on board, and means are being made to raise her. She was recently purchased by Mr. Cameron of Port Burwell, and was considered an excellent craft. The extreme narrowness of the entrance to the harbour of Port Stanley is generally remarked by the Captains who navigate the Lake Erie, and tends no doubt to injure the trade of the place. As the construction of the harbor has now been a standing job for many years the only wonder is that the harbor is as good as it is. [London Free Press]

Destructive Storm on Lake Ontario - Oswego Nov. 5th - The gale of wind on the lake last night was the severest of the season. The schooners G.M. Chapman, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago, and West Wind, of Buffalo, bound up from this port, with salt, went ashore last night between the piers. The Chapman is a total wreck. No lives were lost.

The schooner J.G. Deshler, with a cargo of wheat bound from Chicago for this port, lost her masts in the gale, and went ashore 9 miles above this city. Her small boats were lost, and men were on the vessel when our informant left.

Buffalo, Nov. 4th - There was a severe gale on Lake Erie last night. A large number of vessels left the previous night, and but few of them have been heard from. It is feared that many of them have met with disasters.

The bark American Republic, from Chicago, in entering the harbor, went against the breakwater, and immediately filled. She was loaded with 18,000 bushels wheat. The crew were rescued.

The propeller St. Joseph with a full cargo of merchandize is ashore at Fairport and is in a dangerous situation. The crew have not yet been taken off. The water is washing over her.

Several other schooners are reported ashore, and many badly damaged.

Burning of the Propellor M.B. Spaulding

A fire broke out on board the propeller M.B. Spaulding yesterday morning at about two o'clock, and she was burned nearly to the water's edge. She was lying at the dock of the American Transportation Company, and was taking in freight, having shipped on board nearly a full cargo of valuable merchandize. The fire was discovered issuing from the hatches by the watchmen in the warehouse of the A.T. Co., who cut her loose, and she drifted towards the slip; this however, was prevented by getting a line from her rudder to a pile, by which she was warped off, and by this means a vast amount of property was saved from inevitable conflagration had she drifted among the other propellers in that vicinity. The fire was evidently the result of spontaneous combustion, as no fire had been on board her for three days, except in the cook house. Nothing was saved of the cargo, which is valued at from $75,000 to $90,000; the propellor was worth some $15,000. Not insured. Goods insured chiefly in New York. [Buffalo Express]


A Girl Scalded to Death and Several Persons Injured

Boat Damaged To The Amount Of $20,000

The steamer Bay State, of the Sound Line, on her passage from this city on Friday evening, when off Huntington light, broke her walking beam on the after end, which together with the connecting rod, was forced through the hurricane saloon and main decks, tearing them away for several feet . . ...

Imports - Nov. 5th - Schr. James Gordon, Chicago, 11,140 bush. wheat, Holcomb & Henderson.

Nov. 6th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Sloop Rough & Ready, 26 cords fire wood, Jno. Redman.

Nov. 7th - Schr. J.C. Wheeler, Chicago, 13,960 bush. wheat, Holcomb & Henderson.

p.3 Change of Time - The steamer Sir Charles Napier, Capt. Creighton, will, on and after Monday the 10th instant, leave Kingston every morning, (Sundays excepted) at 10 o'clock, and returning at 4 o'clock p.m., running in connection with the Grand Trunk and Rome and Cape Vincent railroads.

For freight or passage apply to the Captain on board.

Kingston, Nov. 7th Geo. W. Creighton, Master.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Nov 1856