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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1856

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Toronto, Dec. 16th

Another Wreck - The scow Cornelia, from Cleveland to this port, was beached by the violence of the gale on Sunday night, near Ashbridge's Bay, to the east of this city. She left the canal on Saturday night for Toronto, but she ran across in a too easterly direction. She was making up head against the wind, opposite Privat's when a sudden squall took her back, splitting her topsail, jib and mainsail, and making her uncontrollable by the helm. As a last resource the captain steered for the opening in Ashbridge's Bay, but failed to reach the channel, and stranded about two hundred yards from the shore. The crew, six in number, got into the jolly boat, but the sea was too high and it was swamped within twenty feet of the vessel, and they were forced to swim ashore for their lives. The cold was intense, and it was with the greatest effort they were saved. Messrs. Clendinning, Roddy, and some fishermen who reside on the island, rendered them every assistance in their power. The vessel is nearly covered with water, and it is thought will prove a total wreck. Her cargo consisted of freestone and a small lot of corn, both of which were the property of Messrs. Worthington & Bro., of this city. The scow belonged to C.L. Runell, of Cleveland, and was insured.

We learn that the Messrs. Tinning, Jr., went across in their skiff at daylight yesterday morning to render assistance to the crew of the stranded vessel. On reaching the scow however, they discovered it was deserted.

Loss of the Schooner Belvidere & All on Board

A telegraph was received last evening, from James Hamilton of Port Credit, stating that the schooner Belvidere was capsized during the gale of Sunday night, and that all on board (captain and four of a crew) were drowned. She was loaded with wood and bound for Oakville. At a late hour last evening none of the bodies had been recovered. - The vessel (60 tons,) was not a new one, and was owned by the captain, whose name we believe was Burnside.

We are informed that the schooner Lennox which left Kingston for Toronto three weeks ago loaded with iron and firewood, has not been heard of since. Fears are entertained as to her fate.

The westerly wind of Sunday broke up the greater part of the ice in the Bay, and the schooner Alliance and propeller Oliver Cromwell got down to Borst's wharf with ease. The latter arrived on Saturday from Detroit, with 10,000 bushels oats and 6,000 bushels corn.

The recent gales on the lake, the losses sustained, and the risk of human life, imperatively call for some better provisions for rendering aid along the coast. Life boats, life preservers, ropes, pulleys etc. should be situated at dangerous points, by which lives might frequently be saved. Especially is this the case with regard to the island opposite this city, upon which might be placed, with great propriety, the articles above named. The Corporation should take action in the matter, and the attention of Government should be directed to it.

Kingston, Dec. 17th - The three-masted schooner Andrew Stevens reached port yesterday with her sails much cut up. She left this port on Saturday with a cargo of 1,000 bbls. whitefish for Hamilton, but while off Niagara, was caught by the severe gale of Sunday and was driven back, losing her mainsail and foretop gallant sail, and splitting up her mizzen sail. The crew endured a good deal of suffering, which is now happily at an end, for the vessel will be laid up here. The storm was so violent that from Sunday evening about 9 o'clock till daylight on Monday she drifted under bare poles from Niagara to Long Point - a distance of about 120 miles.

Imports - Dec. 16th - Str. Napier, Cape Vincent, (gen. cargo).

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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1856