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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Nov 1856

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p.2 Buffalo, Nov. 13th - The barque J.V. Byer, commanded by Capt. McClemming, which left Chicago on the 3rd instant, for this port, with a cargo of 17,000 bushels of wheat, lost on Lake Michigan. She was a new vessel built this season. She probably foundered in the gale of the fourth. The captain's trunk and portions of the cabin were washed ashore near St. Joseph's on Monday.

The Loss of the Propeller Toledo - Buffalo, Nov. 14th - The Buffalo Expresss this morning publishes the statement of Samuel Welch and Aquila Gifford, deck hands, saved from the propeller Toledo. The facts stated do not appear to differ materially from the facts already given. They say according to the best of their knowledge that there was on the propeller at the time she was lost, the captain, two mates, three engineers, three firemen, eight deck hands, cook, steward, two partners, two lamp boys, watchman, two wheelsmen, five cabin and twelve steerage passengers, of only two were saved.

The steamer Lady Elgin, reported as lost, arrived at Chicago last evening.

Oswego, Nov. 12th - The propeller City of Hamilton with a cargo of flour from Hamilton to Ogdensburg, sprung a leak in the recent gale, and was run on the Canada shore, where she sunk.

The propeller Bay State, from Ogdensburg, reports passing a large quantity of wreck belonging to the propeller J.W. Brooks at the lower end of the Lake. 50 lbs. tallow and flour have also been picked up on Long Island, near Kingston. It is not known how many persons were on board, but it is supposed about 30 - all lost. The following were some of the officers: Capt. Chas. Hammond, of Cleveland; Clerk S.B. Bryant, Cleveland; 1st Engineer Wm. Blanchard.

An American schooner bound down the Welland Canal, ran against the lock gates, at the lock opposite Phelps' saw mill, a short distance above St. Catharines, on Tuesday morning, and entirely carried away the four gates. Of course business on the Canal is suspended for the present. Mr. Woodruff the active superintendent has put on a force of men, so that the damage will be repaired in a very short time.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Nov 1856