The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1856

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p.2 Some fears are entertained about the little iron steamer Firefly, belonging to Mr. Wm. Anglin, of this city. She was sent over on Monday last to the assistance of a wrecked schooner in the neighborhood of Oswego, and has not since been heard of. [News of Tuesday]

** All Bosh ! The Firefly has been lying comfortably at Anglin's Wharf since Sunday morning, when she returned from Oswego.

Burning of the Propeller B.L. Webb on Lake Superior

[Cleveland City Facts, Nov. 18th]

The steamer North Star, Capt. B.G. Sweet, which left here on the 5th instant, returned here this morning, having considering the season, the weather, and her frequent landings, made a very quick trip. She left La Pointe last Wednesday night at 12 o'clock, and Ontonagon on Thursday last. She brings the news of the burning of the new propeller B.L. Webb, Captain Dickson, which occurred at Whiskey Bay on Thursday last. This propeller, which was built and owned at Detroit, was a new one, and on her first trip to Lake Superior. She was of about 600 tons burthen, and cost about $50,000. She had a full cargo of flour, pork, merchandise and provisions shipped at Detroit for Marquette. She had been obliged to return to the Sault for repairs, but had resumed her voyage up the lake, when some of her machinery getting out of order, Mr. Lester, the mate, took a boat and four men and returned to the Sault to get the necessary iron work done for its repair. The propeller lay at Whiskey Bay. On his return a snow storm set in, and Mr. Lester, before the boat reached Whiskey Bay was frozen to death, while his companions barely escaped the same fate. The repairs to the machinery being completed on Thursday morning, the fires were lighted and while the officers were at breakfast, the alarm of fire was given. It was discovered on the hay piled upon the forward deck, and in three minutes the whole upper works of the propeller were enveloped in flames. The freshness of her new paint invited the spreading of the fire, and she burnt down to the guards in a very short time. The cargo, with the exception of some pork in the hold, is reported to be totally lost. The insurance on the boat is said to be $33,000.

It was the opinion of the officers of the boat that she was set on fire by the deck hands. A disposition had been manifested on their part to desert the boat, and the impatience became so great that they attempted to obtain passage on the Gen. Taylor, just previous to the burning. The Propeller Webb did not prove to be a good sea-boat, having a beam very disproportionate to her length, and rolling very badly in a heavy sea.

The Star brought the officers and crew of the Webb to Detroit, and a small amount of copper from the Aztec, National and Adventure mines to Hussey & Sinclair; also 500 bags of potatoes from the Sault.

Imports - Nov. 24th - Schooner E.W. Head, Chicago, 16,852 bush. wheat, Holcomb & Henderson.

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

Schooner Sarah Bond, Oswego, (gen. cargo).

Schr. Josephine, Oswego, 210 bbls. flour, J. Doyle & Co.

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

p.3 AUCTION SALE - On Account of Whom It May Concern - About 300 barrels of Damaged Flour, supposed to be from the wreck of the Propeller J.W. Brooks to be sold without reserve, on Friday Nov. 28th, at the wharf of A. & D. Shaw. Sale at eleven o'clock. Terms Cash. William McMillan, Auctioneer Nov. 25th

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Nov 1856