The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Apr 1861

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p.2 Port Colborne - The following is an extract from a letter under date of Port Colborne, April 16th:

Some forty vessels have left here, or are about leaving going West. The ice is not far gone yet, but is leaving all the time. Four propellers have come in off the lake this morning, viz.: Cleveland, Ontario, Vermont and Jefferson.

Schooner Sunk - The Schr. Ruggles, Capt. Brown, while passing out of Grand River a day or two since, was ran into and sunk by another schooner. She went down in ten minutes after the collision. Crew saved. This vessel was once a side wheel steamer, and previous to the advent of the Michigan, was in the employ of the government. [Buffalo Com. Adv. 17th]

From Above - The steamer Ruby, which came down from Lexington yesterday, reports the ice in much the same condition as the day previous. Large quantities are yet moving about between Point au Barque and the river. The propellers which have passed here had proceeded into Lake Huron, and up to yesterday morning had not returned. The whole fleet of vessels which returned were still in the river awaiting further orders from above. The wind was blowing strong from the north west. [Detroit Tribune, 17th]

Detroit, April 18th - The schooner Bemis, with railroad iron, was sunk in the river by collision with the propeller Dunkirk last night. The propeller was not much damaged.

Among the other vessels driven ashore in the great gale last fall was the barque Tornado. She was laden with a cargo of corn from Chicago for Kingston, and was beached at Sand Bay, head of Wolfe Island, where she has remained during the winter. On Friday noon last the wrecking tug Page, Capt. Munson, left here for the purpose of getting her off, and last evening the Capt. telegraphed to the N.W. Ins. Co. announcing his arrival in Kingston with the vessel in tow. Capt. M., with his powerful tug and steam pumps, seldom if ever fails in any work of this kind he undertakes. [Oswego Times]

Got Off - The schooner Curtis Mann, which went ashore in the great gale of November last, was got off on Friday last, and has been taken to Detroit for repairs. [ibid]

The upward bound fleet of vessels which penetrated into Lake Huron have all returned back to the river, having found the ice too formidable to pass through. [Detroit Tribune, 15th]

Schooner Athenian -The Athenian, which has been refitting at Campbell & Owen's dockyard, has just been completed and cleared on Saturday for New Baltimore to take wood for Chicago. The Athenian is a fine schooner and is now in first rate trim, having been fitted out under the direction of Capt. McAdam. [ibid]

From Charlotte - The schooner Petrel arrived at Charlotte, Sunday noon, with lumber from Port Hope. She encountered a severe storm on her passage thither, and lost overboard four or five thousand feet of lumber from her deck.

The schooner Commerce will leave for a Canadian port this morning.

The steamer Maple Leaf left on a regular trip last night. Her first trips last week were very successful - freight and passenger business opening well. [Rochester Union, 16th]

Collingwood, April 16th - The harbor is free of ice. Propellers (not finished)

Tolls on the Upper Lakes - changed to put Port Stanley on equal footing.

p.3 Imports - 19,20.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Apr 1861