The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1858

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p.2 The Storm of Yesterday

A fierce gale commenced blowing on Thursday night from the West, and continued with great violence until yesterday afternoon, when it gradually abated. During its continuance in the morning, several vessels were drifted from their moorings in the upper end of the harbor, dragging their anchors a considerable distance, in the direction of Point Frederick, against whose peak the huge waves dashed with extreme fury, throwing up clouds of spray at every concussion. A small schooner drifted from a point nearly opposite the Marine Railway, to a position in line with the City Buildings, where she continued some hours baffling the tremendous waves which sometimes broke over her deck. She pitched and labored in such a fearful manner as to attract the attention of numerous persons all along the shore. About half-past ten o'clock a signal of distress was hoisted, which was unheeded for some time, when a boat with five men put out from Kinghorn's wharf, and bravely succeeded in reaching her. They immediately went to work, raised her anchor, partially hoisted her sails, put her on her course down the river to seek shelter under the foot of Wolfe Island and left for the shore. There he learned that the party which manned the jolly-boat was Capt. Estes, H. Blondheim, 1st mate, __ Williams, 2nd mate, and three hands of the American steamer Ontario, detained here by the storm. From Captain Estes he learned that the schooner was the Twilight, belonging to Charlotte, Genesee river; she was loaded with bricks at Picton, and was bound to Millen's Bay, between Cape Vincent and Clayton. She had on board only the master, a hand and a small boy. She had made some water, and her master or captain was terror-stricken, and ignorant of what was necessary to be done to save his vessel. Captain Estes and his men were drenched from head to foot. Too much praise cannot be given them for their humanity and intrepidity in this instance.

The schooner Napoleon Malakoff, a larger vessel, dragged her anchor a long distance, and eventually came to opposite Scobell's wharf, about midway between this shore and Point Frederick. There her anchors held fast, otherwise she would have been dashed against the opposite shore, at a short distance to leeward; the bottom is a flat rock, affording no hold for an anchor. Being in jeopardy from the force of the gale and high sea, Mr. Wm. Anglin sent his tugboat Goddard to her relief, and after considerable trouble the anchors were weighed, and the little steamer bravely towed the schooner into safe moorings. Three or four other schooners, one named the Annie Craig, and another the J.G. Beard, rode out the gale without any damage.

An unknown vessel was seen, capsized, on the Wolfe Island shore in the neighborhood of 4-Mile Point, where she is by this time dashed to pieces, as she was exposed to the full force of the storm on a lee shore. [News]

p.3 Imports - 8.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1858