The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Apr 1859

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p.2 Marine Intelligence

We learn that the schooner Advance, Schuyler, master, on her way, Friday last, from the Galoe Islands to some port up the lake, in ballast, lost her rudder and went ashore in the sand at Salmon Point, on the Canadian side. She will probably be hauled off without material damage.

Water on the Flats - The Port Huron Commercial, of Thursday, states that the south channel is staked out, and that there is 12 feet of water over the flats. This will be the most proper route for vessels crossing Lake St. Clair to take.

The schooner Charlie Hibbard had her fore-mast and main top-mast carried away on Monday last off Waukegan. She was carrying full sail at the time, says the Chicago Press, and the accident was caused by her broaching to, when she rolled out her mast. There was probably some old flaw on the mast.

The schooner Valeria cleared from Chicago for Buffalo on the 26th ult., nearly a month ago, being the first sail vessel which cleared for lower lake ports. Since she left port, says the Press, nothing has been heard of her, and fears are entertained that she has foundered.

The Late Disasters at the Straits - We copy the following additional particulars of the late disasters in the Straits, from the Mackinac Herald:

The schooner Titan, of (Oswego,) Capt. Andrew Robertson, from Milwaukee for Oswego, with 15,710 bushels of wheat, ran into floating ice off Old Mackinac, during the night of the 10th inst.; she then cast anchor, but the wind, rain and ice coming on, dragged her anchor some distance, disabled her rudder, and carried away the main boom and two bob stays. On Monday morning she got under way and ran down to Mackinac; anchored in the harbor, and was towed in along side of Hurlbert, Kirkland & Co's dock by the tug Leviathan for repair. The cargo we are told is not damaged. The vessel is insured. The Captain entered protest today.

The vessel Ralph R. Campbell, from Chicago loaded with corn, is ashore on Hog Island reef. The tug Leviathan went to her relief on Wednesday night. We are unable to give further particulars.

The schooner John Weeden, Capt. Hand, from Chicago, bound for Oswego, lies at Foll & Rice's dock.

The schooner Wellington, from Chicago for Kingston, with a cargo of corn, is anchored in the harbor.

The schooner Lawrence arrived from above and cast anchor in the harbor this morning. She is evidently from below, and is very lightly loaded.

The schooner Spy, of Huron, Ohio, went ashore in the harbor, on Thursday, between 12 and 1 o'clock. She lies in a snug, gravelly place, and is but slightly damaged.

The schooner A. Bradley, Capt. Cornelius Young, from Chicago for Kingston, also went ashore here yesterday afternoon, and was abandoned today. Her cargo consists of 10,000 bushels corn. We think she is badly damaged. No insurance.

The schooner Fulton, (of Oswego,) Capt. J.F. Tyler, from Chicago, bound for Oswego, went ashore on the point yesterday morning. The cargo consists of 1000 bbls flour, and 12,086 bu wheat. She was abandoned at noon yesterday. She is insured. The captain entered protest today. Present appearances indicate that the vessel and cargo are very badly damaged; and some think she is a total loss. Of course nothing definite can be given as to the actual loss sustained by any of these vessels, until the gale goes down.

Lake Casualties - During the heavy gale Wednesday night, Joseph Goldshoe, of Rochester, N.Y., was thrown from the main boom of the schooner C.E. Bailey, off Long Point, and so injured that he died the next morning. John Small, a seaman on the schr. while engaged in taking in the mainsail, was thrown overboard and drowned. Small was 21 years of age, and his partents live in the vicinity of Port Huron. [Cleveland Leader]

The First of the Ocean Fleet - Capt. J.W. Hall, of the Detroit Shipping Office, has received orders from Capt. Starkweather, of the schooner Grand Turk, to ship a crew for that vessel immediately. She will leave, we understand, as soon as she can take on her cargo. [Detroit Tribune]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Apr 1859