The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 May 1861

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p.2 The Union Forwarding Co.'s Steamers - in good order, mentions Pontiac.

-Depot - new steamer Alpha, built at Oakville, loading for Oswego; the Wm. Penn is about to be loaded with square timber; new elevator. [Hamilton Herald]

- A strange fatality has attended the Comet ever since her construction, some sixteen years ago. She became noted for accidents, and her passengers and freight were never secure. Her machinery was so often on the break, or the vessel herself on a shoal, that the public grew to distrust and avoid her. Finally, in 1851 she blew up in our harbor, and the terrible scene is yet fresh in the memory of those who witnessed it. If we remember rightly, eleven lives were lost at her explosion. - After-ward she was overhauled, refitted and rechristened, and with the name of the Mayflower drove for many years a prosperous business on the Lakes. Only a slight time since, needing slight repairs, occasion was taken to give her old name again. She had worn it but a few days when she broke from her moorings in Kingston harbor, and sustained damages to the amount of several hundred dollars; and now she closes the list by being sunk. Her loss this time is about $20,000. She is said to be fully insured.

-Chicago May 17 - prop Buckeye State arrives with Erie Canal goods.

-smoke stack, flagstaff and mast of steamer New York cut down for trip under Victoria bridge.

-reply to News article - Kingston vessels went to Cape Vincent to unload because American vessels can't carry grain from one Canadian port to another.

-The Bemis - being raised.

-Ketchum found by sch. B.R. Loomis, tug S.C. Ives had been looking for her.

p.3 Imports - 17, 18.

-ad for Dickinson's Freight Line - Bytown, Capt. R. Kain, and Britannia, Capt. Ryan, with schedule.

-A Large Fleet - over 100 vessels on Lake Huron. [Detroit Tribune]

-Port Stanley Items - sch. Mary Jane, steamer Indian, Cataraqui, Ruttles, Perseverance mentioned. [London Free Press 11th]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 May 1861