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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1860

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p.2 Bad News for Kingston - a letter to Editor - if G.T.R. absorbs all traffic, what will happen to canals, steamers and other vessels and their owners?

-Collision on Lake Huron - schooner Rocket collided with bark Ocean Wave and sank in deep water.

-Barque Experiment sank in Lachine Canal.

-tug Oswego left to rescue schooner H.C. Winslow, ashore at Middle Island. [Detroit Tribune 20th]

-75 vessels passed downbound. [ibid]

-Close of Lake Navigation - this year to last 2 weeks longer and still not enough time. [Chicago Democrat]

- The violent gale and accompanying snowstorm of Friday and Saturday, of which we made mention in our last impression, have been attended with serious disaster in this locality. The high wind of Saturday abated somewhat on Sunday, but the weather was sufficiently boisterous to create apprehension for the safety of vessels afloat. We have to report the following casualties:

The sch. J. Morley is ashore at Cataraqui Creek, bilged and partly full of water, Cargo pig iron.

The barque Quebec is ashore at Nine mile Point. Damage not ascertained.

The schooner Carrier Dove is ashore on Wolfe Island.

The schooner Sarah (not Sailor as reported) is ashore on Point Frederick, making water badly.

By a telegram received by Mr. Joseph Doyle we learn that the following vessels consigned to this port left Port Dalhousie on Friday night, and consequently experienced the gales, viz:-

The barque St. George, with a cargo of wheat.

The barque Tornado, with a cargo of corn.

The prop. Avon left Port Dalhousie on Friday evening, and is now in Presque Isle harbour.

Subsequent information received by Mr. J. Doyle states that a compass and boat of the barque Tornado were washed ashore at Sand Bay, head of the Am. channel, near Cape Vincent. The crew of the Tornado perished, and the vessel is a total loss. -The barque was owned by Mr. James Morton, of this city.

A visitor from the wreck of the Tornado, who arrived in Kingston on Monday afternoon, describes her as being ashore at Sand Bay, at the head of the channel. There was no one on board. One boat was hanging to the stern davits. The hatches were off, and her cargo of corn was washing ashore.

Capt. Morley, of the steamer Bay State, reported on Monday afternoon having seen 9 vessels ashore between Sacketts Harbor and Kingston.

A black 3-master is ashore about 1 mile to the westward of Bear Point.

A large 3-master, the Quebec, is ashore on Simcoe Island.

Two large vessels are ashore westward of Stony Point, American shore.

The schooner Mary Grover came into port from South Bay on Sunday afternoon. She lost an anchor and was obliged to run for this harbor. Capt. Wilson reports the schooner Mary of St. Catherines ashore at Timber Island, having parted her chains, and is likely to prove a total loss. The Leader lost anchors and jibboom, and left South Bay. Nothing is known as to what has become of her. The Mountaineer, the Cleveland, and a large 3-masted vessel belonging to Cleveland were in South Bay, all more or less injured by loss of head-gear, sails, etc. Another vessel, name not known, ran into South Bay with loss of foresail, and narrowly escaped being driven ashore. A vessel is also reported ashore on Amherst Island.

The steamer Hercules went to the assistance of some vessels lying under Four-mile Pt. on Monday morning, and towed into harbor the schooners Ajax and Pioneer, both unable to use their sails in consequence of the accumulation of ice.

Masters of vessels describe the gale as being one of the most furious ever known in this quarter. Never were so many vessels known to be ashore in this locality. The wind calmed down on Monday morning, but in the afternoon it again rose to a gale from the South, accompanied by snow. [News]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1860