The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Aug 1858

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p.2 The Late Storm - The local papers tells of fearful ravages and damages by the recent storm on Lakes Ontario and Erie, of Tuesday and Wednesday last. The loss of the fine Schooner John H. Rae (sic), is very far from being the only calamity of the kind. It is however pleasing to reflect, amid the crash of elements, that the Canadian Mail Line of Steamers behaved exceedingly well on the occasion, and proved themselves to be, what their friends never doubted, excellent Sea boats. The Banshee, Capt. Howard, came down the Lake and the Champion went up the Lake on the days of the storm. The Banshee left Hamilton on Tuesday, met the first fury of the gale, after leaving Toronto, made Cobourg before ten at night, stayed but a short time there, encountered the full force of the southwester off Long Point, and made Kingston at ten next morning, only four hours behind her usual time, breasting as she did, all the way down from Toronto, the severity of the stiffest summer gale known in these parts, within the memory of man. The Champion, Captain Sinclair, left Kingston on Tuesday night in the midst of the blow, and made her way gallantly to Toronto, but as she had partly a fair wind, the passage she made upwards is not so remarkable as that of the Banshee downwards, with wind and sea dead against her.

Marine Disaster - Mr. Doyle, Marine Agent for the Aetna, has furnished us with the following information respecting the loss of the first-class barque R.H. Rae, on Lake Ontario, at noon on Wednesday, August 4th:-

Said vessel left the Welland Canal on Monday evening with the wind easterly, and continued blowing heavy on Wednesday. At 11:30 A.M., a heavy squall struck the vessel and capsized her; in about three minutes the crew, with the greatest difficulty, saved themselves in their boat.

The above accident happened S.W. by S. off the Duck light, where she now lies in about 20 fathoms of water.

p.3 Imports - 6.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Aug 1858