The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Nov 1856

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p.2 A Winter Communication With Coburg - As intimated some weeks ago, the Maple Leaf is now undergoing alterations, in the Genesee River, preparatory to commencing daily trips between Rochester and Coburg during the ensuing winter. The Union says that the upper saloon and state rooms will be removed forthwith, and her main decks will be as clear fore and aft as circumstances will permit. Steamers can always land at Toronto in the winter, and they can usually get into Coburg and Port Hope, directly across from Rochester. The latter ports are now connected by rail with all places between Quebec and Detroit. Hence the feasibility of keeping open winter communication by Lake.

Supposed Loss of the Propeller J.W. Brooks With All On Board

Oswego, Nov. 10th - It is supposed that the propeller J.W. Brooks, from Lake Erie to Ogdensburgh with a full cargo, was lost on Lake Ontario during the late gale, with all on board. A hurricane deck, supposed to be from the Brooks, came ashore at Henderson's on Friday morning, and the steamer Bay State, arrived yesterday, reports seeing a lot of flour and lard floating between Sacketts Harbour and Kingston. A sofa was picked up in the lake by the schooner E. Masters, supposed to be from the Brooks. The crew consisted of twenty men, and probably some passengers.

The schr. Somerset, from down the Lake, reports three children, furniture, etc., picked up on the beach at Stoney Creek, supposed to have belonged to the ill-fated propeller J.W. Brooks.

Severe Gale at Buffalo - Nov. 10th - (part) - The propeller Wisconsin, from Ogdensburg to Chicago, with a full load of merchandise and sixty passengers, burst her steam chimney yesterday off Grand River, Canada, scalding a deck hand fatally. She was towed back to Port Colborne, whence the passengers were forwarded by the propeller Tonawanda.

On Tuesday, 4th inst., the steamer Mazeppa, which has been employed during the summer in conveying stones to the parties constructing the lighthouses on Lake Huron, was driven ashore about a mile below the mouth of the Saugeen River. The Mazeppa was the first steamer which plied between Toronto and St. Catharines.

Imports - Nov. 13th - Str. Ontario, Rochester, (gen. cargo).

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Barge Allies, Chicago, 15,000 bush. wheat, Holcomb & Henderson.

Schooner America, Oswego, 50 barrels plaster, G.M. Kinghorn.

Str. Magnet, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Nov. 14th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Schr. Enterprize, Clayton, 6 cords fire wood, Andrew Young.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Nov 1856