The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Apr 1859

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p.2 The Storm on Monday - Swan and Pearl stranded in Lake St. Clair.

The Stave Trade - The quantity of staves now awaiting shipment at the port of Hamilton, exceeds that of any former year. Not only is the extensive dock of the Great Western Railroad Company crowded, but a portion of the depot grounds has likewise been occupied by the piles of staves, the greater portion of which, if not all, comes from places west of London. Vessels are now loading for immediate despatch to Kingston, where they discharge cargo. There the staves are put into immense cribs, and then floated down the St. Lawrence to Quebec, to be again re-shipped for ports of destination. One of our principal shipping firms on the inland waters, has had it in contemplation to send one of their fine three-masted schooners direct to England with a load, but so far, we regret, they have not been able to effect those arrangements necessary to success. The difficulty in the way is, we believe, the impossibility of making sales 'to arrive,' and the control which those already in the trade exercise over the market.

Propeller Explosion - Chicago March 26th - The N. Transportation Co's propellor Lady of the Lake exploded and sunk half a mile from Fairport today. The cook and one of the firemen were killed. The Propeller had a full cargo of flour and provisions. There are no further particulars yet.

-Imports - 30,31; Exports - 30.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Apr 1859