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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Nov 1856

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Oswego, Nov. 7th - It is estimated that over $150,000 worth of property was destroyed by the recent gale on Lake Ontario. Twenty or thirty vessels have received more or less damage. The brig Sampson and the schooner Forwarder are ashore below Ontario. A Lake Huron schooner is ashore at Wolfe Island near Kingston.

Buffalo, Nov. 6th - Our papers this afternoon are filled with accounts of disasters to lake craft in the late gale. Some 20 schooners and barks are reported ashore or badly damaged. The brig Cumberland is reported to have been lost with all on board. Capt. Champney, of the schooner Vermont, arrived this afternoon, says, on the afternoon of the 4th he saw a large steamer or propeller lying in the trough of the sea wholly unmanageable. Her smoke pipes were overboard, and a crowd of people standing on the hurricane deck. He thinks she must have swamped before the storm was over. Owing to the severity of the storm, he was unable to render assistance or ascertain her name.

A large schooner, apparently American went ashore about 4 miles North of Goderich, on Monday night. Yesterday Mr. Andrew Johnstone, of this port, went along the beach on horseback, to see if her crew required any assistance. On his arrival he discharged a gun twice, after which some of the crew made their appearance on deck and signalled her name to be the St. Anthony. The waves were making a breach over her and she appeared to be in a dangerous position on a reef nearly a mile from shore. - Her boat seemed to be in good condition at her bows but no other particulars could be obtained, or any other assistance rendered by him at that time. The crew will probably gain the shore on the weather moderating a little. [Huron (C.W.) Signal Oct. 29th]

Rochester, Nov. 9th - The Steamer Highlander - We are happy to announce that intelligence of the missing steamer Highlander was received here this morning by the schooner Bloomer. She left Toronto for Rochester, on Tuesday morning, and as we had heard nothing from her in four days, some apprehension might have been felt for her safety. The telegraph was applied to in vain. No dispatch could be obtained from Toronto, and at length the telegraph has been beaten by a schooner. The Bloomer left Whity yesterday, and arrived here some time last night. The captain reports the Highlander at Whitby, in a disabled and damaged condition. She left Toronto at 11 o'clock on Tuesday, and was overtaken by the hurricane near Bond Head. Capt. McBride put about for Whitby, that being the nearest port which he could safely enter. He reached Whitby the following night, but not until the upper works of the steamer had been considerably damaged by the sea which ran very high. It is said that some of the machinery was also injured, but in what manner we do not learn.

There is no boat now running across the Lake. The crew of the Maple Leaf has been discharged and left, or she would doubtless have taken the place of the Highlander. Perhaps she will as it is, if the damage to the Highlander cannot be speedily repaired. Mr. Darling, agent of the line, has gone to Whitby, and we may expect to hear something further by tomorrow. There will no doubt be a boat on the route by Monday morning at the farthest. [Rochester Union]

The Collingwood Enterprise says: - The weather has been assuming a very wintry appearance for the last few days, snow having fallen to the depth of about one inch on Friday last, in Collingwood, but it did not remain for any length of time. The steamer Collingwood arrived on Monday, having met with some very severe weather, after being a fortnight on her voyage, owing to heavy seas and fogs. We learn by the passengers on the Collingwood, that there were some very heavy falls of snow at the Sault Ste. Marie and Bruce Mines, and that there was every appearance of the winter having fairly set in, in those regions.

The Huron Signal says that the schooner St. Anthony ran ashore 4 miles north of Goderich, is from Chicago bound for Buffalo, and has 12,000 bushels of wheat on board. She is owned in Erie. During the foggy and stormy weather which prevailed lately, she got out of her course, and the Goderich light being mistaken for the light at Point aux Barques on the opposite coast, she ran ashore where she now lies.

Port Dover, Nov. 7th - The steamer Mohawk reached this port, on Wednesday morning last, at 7 o'clock in a disabled condition. She encountered the storm of Tuesday, when within 8 miles of Port Burwell she was struck by a perfect gale of wind, from the S.W., and was driven back. She soon became unmanageable, and getting into the trough of the sea, drifted towards shore.

About three o'clock the smoke pipe was carried away, and it became doubtful whether steam could be kept up without danger of setting the boat on fire. She was then heading for the shore. Her anchors were let go, and the engines reversed, in hopes of keeping her off the land. This not succeeding the upper cabin was cut away to relieve her from the pressure of the wind and enable her to come about; in this way she drifted for twelve hours, but at midnight she succeeded in doubling the Point and arrived here at 7 o'clock A.M.

Schooners Ashore - We are informed that there are no less than 19 vessels ashore at the mouth of the Grand River, among the rest, the North Star of this port, is high and dry.

The schooner Georgiana of Kingston attempted for some time on Tuesday, to make this port, but failed, and ran down the shore, where she is aground off Nanticoke. We hear of many others, but cannot learn particulars.

The steamer New Era, which was aground in the Gallops rapids, has been taken off and arrived on Sunday evening. She went to the railway for necessary repairs yesterday morning and will probably go off today.

Imports - Nov. 8th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Schr. Hannah, Cleveland, 150 tons coal, A.C. Chewitt & Co.

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

Str. St. Helen, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Nov. 10th - Schr. Enterprise, French Creek, 5 cords fire wood, A. Young.

Schr. Josephine, Oswego, 803 bbls. flour, J. Doyle & Co.; 20 tons coal, J.P. Millener & Co.

Str. Wellington, Clayton, 1 lot furniture, 1 cow, 4 hogs, Joseph Wood.

Exports - Nov. 10th - Str. Traveller, Clayton, 63 head cattle, 1 horse.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Nov 1856