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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1859

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p.2 a dam on Rideau Canal above Smith Falls gave way - all of the works are in bad repair.

The Hercules - Messrs. Calvin & Breck's steamer Hercules, which collapsed her boiler last fall near Williamsburg, and sunk, has been raised, and on Monday last was brought to Garden Island in tow of the Traveller and Gildersleeve. We are happy to state, that Captain Miller, who received so much injury by the accident to the Hercules, is able to command the Traveller. And we learn that he will take charge of the Hercules again when she shall have undergone the necessary repairs.

The Toronto Harbor - The Harbor Master, Capt. Richardson, yesterday gave notice that the eastern entrance to the harbor had been buoyed out, and was open for navigation. Two white spar buoys to the west and two red ones to the east, mark the channel. He accompanied his notice by some information interesting and valuable to navigators. "The channel," he says, "is extremely narrow, wider at the north entrance, and contracting at the south to about 70 feet, with only 7 ft. 4 in. of water. The mark for steering for it is the steeple of Knox's Church, on with the west end of Brown's old red storehouse. No steamer drawing more than 6 ft., 6 in. of water can pass without slowing her engines, and sailing vessels bound out and eastwards, drawing only 6 ft. of water, may find a wider channel; but caution is required at all times, for the depth of water and position of channel cannot be implicitly relied on. The water of the lake is now 49 in above the low level."

First Sail from Lake Michigan - Oswego, April 25th - The schooner Barbarian, Capt. Geo. W. Clement, arrived here yesterday morning from Chicago with a cargo of corn, being the first vessel from Lake Michigan this season. She experienced a terrific gale on Lake Huron, which caused her to ship heavy seas, carrying away a portion of her bulwarks, and filling her cabin with two feet of water.

Marine News

The schooner Fremont, of this port, went ashore three miles below Point au Pelee, during the late gale. The tug Oswego went down from Detroit, yesterday, to her relief, and brought the Fremont safe into this port, although she leaked badly. The Fremont is discharging her cargo of coal and potatoes, and will immediately go to Detroit for repairs. [Toledo Blade, 19th]

Schr. Valeria Safe - It will be observed that the schooner Valeria, of whose safety fears were entertained, passed Detroit on the 17th inst. We have not heard the cause of her detention, but she was probably ice-bound in the South Passage of the Straits, which we now learn is open. [Chicago Press 19th]

-Imports - 27.

p.3 ad for new Ferry Steamer Gazelle, H.O. Hitchcock, Master, Kingston to Gananoque. 27th April.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1859