The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1860

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p.2 Cleveland Nov. 11th - sch. J.H. Drake carried lighthouse away and sank across channel, blocking harbor; prop. Cushman ran into sch. Industry and cut her into two at pier.

Lake Disasters

By telegraph to Capt. E.P. Dorr, we learn that the following vessels are ashore at Oakville, Canada. It must have been a heavy gale from N.E., Friday and Saturday night, barometer standing at 29 degrees, and some barometers standing as low as 28 7/10 deg. We shall doubtless hear of many more disasters.

Ashore at Oakville - Brig Gem of Kingston, schooner Great Western, of Hamilton, schooner Antelope, of do., schooner Merchant Miller, of Bronte, and schooner O.V. Brainerd, of Oswego. We have no further particulars. Assistance has been sent to them. We don't know whether any of them were loaded or not, probably they were running for the harbor of Oakville; 7 feet of water at its mouth - narrow entrance at the piers. Most all of the accidents - vessels going ashore - arise from running for these small, narrow entranced, shoal harbors. The Masters in so doing, run much more risk for their crews, vessels and cargo, than by staying at sea, outside. Every year numbers of vessels get in trouble from this cause. All vessels navigating the lakes, particularly in the spring and fall, should be kept in good repair and running order; good sails, running rigging, anchors and chain, and not be overloaded, or go without ballast. When they go outside they should be prepared for any emergency, and to stay at sea, if necessary, and not be compelled to run for a harbor at every puff of wind, or show of tough water. The hatches should be well tarpaulined and battened down, and all made secure before leaving port. As it is, we trust too much to chance - losing thereby, a great many lives, and a great deal of valuable property. And so with the steamers and propellers we take too many chances with them - run them too close in the way of fitout and needful repairs - overload them in many instances, and run too much hazard of life and property. It is to our interest, as a commercial people, to correct these things.

We also learn by telegraph Saturday night that the brig Paragon, from Oswego, bound for the Welland Canal, went ashore at Niagara, last Friday night.

The propeller Potomac, which passed down Thursday reports a large topsail schooner sunk between Middle Island and Thunder Bay, on Lake Huron, and about 6 miles from the former places. She lies directly in the passage of vessels, with ten foot of her main topmast out of water. [Detroit Advertiser]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1860