The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1858

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p .2 The Murder at Sarnia.

Lost Overboard - On Thursday night, John Kane, on propeller Jefferson, when on her passage to Detroit, and in sight of Malden Light, was missed from his watch, and it is of course certain that he was lost overboard, though in what manner can only be conjectured. His absence from watch was first noticed when the steam began to run down. He had been on the vessel nearly seven months, was steady, and was regarded as an efficient man - aged 23 years, English, and has an uncle living at Kingston Mills, about five miles from Kingston. [Cleveland Review]

Terrible Gale - Perilous Condition of a Crew - The schooner W.J. Whaling, Capt. Vance, passed down last evening, from Milwaukee. Capt. V. reports very severe weather on Lake Huron. On Monday evening, while running under a two-reefed foresail before a heavy nor wester, he saw a large black schooner completely dismasted, and of course unmanageable, tossed about at the mercy of the winds and waves. She was about thirty miles north-east of Point aux Barques, and about six miles off the track of the Whaling. Capt. V. describes her rigging as almost as a solid sheet of ice, and thinks the crew in danger of freezing to death. Owing to the extreme violence of the gale, the sea breaking over his own vessel, he was of course unable to find any assistance.

Capt. Vance supposes that the schooner in question is the Invincible, from the fact that he had seen every other vessel at Old Mackinac that had gone out. The Invincible is the vessel that recently suffered by collision with the steamer Prairie State. She was repaired and refitted at Newport, and left the latter place for Milwaukee last Saturday. She seems to have a remarkale run of bad luck. She has on board goods to the value of about $100,000, which are probably insured, for the most part, in New York or Buffalo. The hull is insured in the Buffalo Mutual, Home and Aetna.

The tug Oswego, Capt. Kimball, fired up and left today at two o'clock to undertake the recovery of the vessel and crew.

Capt. Vance reports a considerable fleet of upward bound vessels under Old Mackinac, waiting for the gale to subside. [Detroit Tribune]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1858