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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1856

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p.2 Sleighing at Kingston - "....Navigation in the outer harbor has almost entirely ceased, but the Cape Vincent steamer is still on he daily route."



The new steamer Monarch, Captain Sinclair, stranded about 5 o'clock on Saturday morning, on the other side of the Island, nearly opposite this city. The snow was falling heavily, with a strong sea from the east, and it was very dark. The captain, who was on deck judging of his location by the length of time which he took to come from his last stopping place, conceived that he was west of the light house point, and turned the boat towards the city, when discovering his mistake, he endeavored to turn out towards the lake again. A heavy sea drove her on to the shelving clay, where she since has stuck fast. Her deck load was completely washed off, and her hold filled with water, and it was with difficulty the crew got ashore. The boat lies in a bad position, but as the weather is moderating, she will suffer no great harm for a day or two. In the meantime, the agent of this city of the North Western Insurance Co., has telegraphed to Oswego for a steam tug and pump, by which means she will likely be got off. The cargo, which will be a total loss, consisted mainly of groceries and hardware for this city. Both vessel and cargo are insured to a considerable extent, the insurance on the boat $24,000 expiring yesterday (Sunday). She was built at Kingston at the commencement of this season, and is owned principally by Messrs. A. & D. Shaw, Kingston, and the captain. [Globe of Monday]

In our yesterday's issue we noted the loss of this steamer on the island opposite the city. It is rather an unusual occurrence to have a wreck so near our own doors, in fact within view from our streets. We sent a reporter to visit the scene of the disaster, from whom we gather that the steamer lies ashore immediately in rear of Clendinning's Tavern, not more than 15 yards from the beach. The hull, which inclines outwards, the bow pointing to the west, does not appear to have suffered any very material damage, at least on the side towards the shore; on the other side, however, part of the bulwarks have been washed away.

The shore for about a mile and a half to the west is strewn with the remains of the goods that formed the deck load, empty sugar hog-heads, barrels of fish, bales of dry goods, cases of stationary, packages of books and furniture, staw beds, life seats, and many other things - among them are several cases addressed to the Legislative Assembly, which, from the fact of them being sealed, appear to be of some importance.

The cargo of the Monarch consisted chiefly of sugar and fish, belonging to the Messrs. Mitchell all of which was insured. The loss of the other goods would be divided among a great many. Messrs. Birsa McCuaig & Co., of Hamilton, had also a quantity of goods on board. We did not learn whether they were covered by insurance.

Mr. Rough, the Flour Inspector, had all his furniture on board, covered, we understand, by insurance.

The sea must have been very high at the time the steamer went ashore, for the goods are all thrown up far above smooth water mark. The crew had considerable difficulty in getting ashore.

The Purser, who had a narrow escape from being washed overboard, succeeded, though not without difficulty, in the absence of any light, the lamps having been all extinguished, in saving his most important books.

The surveys held on the Monarch by the Agent of the Insurance Company, show that the vessel is not much injured as was anticipated, and it is expected that the Tug's steam pumps, which were to arrive from Oswego last night, will pump the water out of her hold in a few hours, and scows are ready to take off her cargo at same time, which should lighten her sufficiently to come off as there is 5 1/2 to 6 feet of water outside of her.

The value of the vessel is estimated at $40,000 and she was insured for $30,000. [Globe of Tuesday]


Steamer Ashore - We have received particulars of the stranding of the steamer Monarch, from Mr. Wyatt, who reports that at half-past eight o'clock on Saturday morning, on her upward trip during a heavy snow storm and tremendous sea running from the east, she grounded off the Island near the city. Captain Sinclair and mates were both on deck at the time and every precaution taken to find out the location, her usual time of running from the last port being taken, etc. She had overrun the time 20 minutes and was headed toward shore, supposing they were west of the light house at the point where she struck. She lies in a bad position, the sea having broken completely over her, washing the deck load off and her hold full of water. She has on about 240 tons, principally groceries and hardware from Montreal. She is fully insured, her insurance being up on the 30th, and we understand the cargo is mostly insured also. The Monarch was built this season and was on her fourth trip from Montreal. [Leader]

Exports - Dec. 1st - Barge Utility, Ogdensburgh, 11,471 bushels wheat.

Dec. 2nd - Schooner Experiment, Cape Vincent, 22 head cattle, 7 Mink skins.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1856