The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Nov 1858

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p.2 The Schooner City of Toronto Ashore at Oswego - At about half-past eleven o'clock on Thursday night, the alarm bell sounded, the schooner City of Toronto, Capt. George Gouldring, being in distress. She left Toronto on Thursday morning at five o'clock, under good sail, with a moderate breeze from the west. Soon after, she encountered the gale, and gallantly rode till her tiller was broken off close into the rudder head. She was then comparatively at the mercy of the waves, and when within fifty yards of the entrance to the harbor, cast anchor, that holding but about fifteen minutes, when she drifted and struck the West Pier, broadside. The cries of the crew attracted the attention of persons on shore, who immediately proceeded with the life boat to rescue them. Three of the seamen were thus brought on shore, while the Captain and one other reached it by way of the pier, no lives being lost. The sea was running very high, the waves dashing wildly over her, and it hardly seemed possible for her to stand till morning, but she is laying so high now as to be moved but little, and the probability is she will yet be saved. Her cargo consisted of about 4795 bushels of wheat for Penfield, Lyon & Co., 630 barrels of flour consigned to T.C. Guy, together with 1,427 bushels of peas, and 23 barrels of oatmeal. The vessel is insured in the Buffalo Mutual.

-Mutiny - Three men named Kirkwood, Smith and Elliot, belonging to the barque Grace Greenwood, were placed in the Barrie jail, on Tuesday morning last, by the Chief Constable of Collingwood. It appears these men were highly intoxicated when the vessel put to sea from Collingwood on Friday last, and finding the Captain intended to put into the Severn for lumber, they considered it a breach of contract, and refused to work the vessel there unless paid extra, they only having engaged from Chicago to Collingwood and back. During the dispute at sea, these men threatened the life of the captain and others of the crew who ventured to work, and the consequence was, the vessel was thrown on her beam ends by the heavy wind then prevailing. The vessel was again brought into harbor, the men arrested and examined before the magistrates at Collingwood, and were sentenced to 30 days' imprisonment. On the other hand, the men have caused an attachment to be served on the vessel for wages, and an infraction upon the U.S. Maritime Laws. The case will most likely come before the next Division Court at Collingwood.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Nov 1858