The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1856

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Toronto, Dec. 3rd - This ill-fated vessel, the wreck of which on the outside of the Peninsula opposite this city, we mentioned on Monday, was still lying stranded yesterday evening, and it is much to be feared that the exceeding rough weather of last night would prove fatal to her. Through the exertions of P. Mundy, Esq., Agent for the North Western Insurance Company of Oswego, a steam tug and two pumps were sent, and arrived yesterday evening from that city, to assist in extricating her. They were busily occupied yesterday evening, and it was proposed to work at her all night. She was then lying but a few yards from Clendinning's tavern, west of Quinn's Hotel. Yesterday, we learn, a number of people were engaged breaking open and carrying off the contents of the boxes and barrels of merchandize with which the beach was strewed - a disgraceful state of things, which surely ought to have been prevented. The vessel is insured for 7,500 pounds, or three-fourths of her value. The goods on board belonged chiefly to Ross, Mitchell & Co., who were insured; a number of other parties in this city and Hamilton will be considerable losers, most of them being uninsured.

Erie, Nov. 29th - The steamer Golden Gate running between Detroit and Dunkirk went ashore on the bar this A.M. while endeavoring to enter this port during a heavy snow storm, and while a terrible gale of wind was blowing. She soon parted in the middle and went to pieces. It was impossible for a life boat to reach her. Four persons from her succeeded in reaching the shore, but one of them shortly afterwards died. Eight others still remain on the wreck.

Cleveland, Nov. 29th - The propeller Manhattan, while attempting to enter this port while the storm was raging this A.M. ran on the pier and became a total wreck. She was an old boat, owned here, and was insured for $10,000. No lives lost.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1856