The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1864

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p.3 K.C. & M. - The gale subsided on Friday night, and Saturday was a regular Indian summer day. A gentle breeze helped the vessels to get away, and in the morning a regular fleet could be seen slowly winding their way to the open lake. The harbor is consequently stripped of vessels and none but those laid up are here. The calm allowed those storm staid steamers to take their departure, and allow others to come in.

-The steamer Champion, after a delay of over 48 hours, left on Friday night, for Toronto and Hamilton.

-The steamer Huron, after a longer delay than the Champion, left the same night for Hamilton.

-The steamer Magnet, due on Thursday morning, passed down on Saturday morning at three o'clock.

-The steamer Grecian passed up on Friday night at ten o'clock.

-The propeller Avon passed up on Friday night and landed a fine lot of grain in bags, and general freight.

-The propeller Her Majesty passed up on Saturday morning, but landed nothing.

-The steamer St. Helen passed up on Saturday at noon, and both landed and took on a lot of freight.

-The Welland Railway propeller Perseverance passed down on Saturday at the same time.

-The steamer Lily arrived from Ottawa at the same time with a cargo of shingles, etc. She had also a barge in tow.

-The sloop Ringleader, with 320 boxes of cheese from Cape Vincent, arrived on Saturday morning.

-The schooner Garibaldi, light, left on Saturday morning.

-The schooner Marco Polo left for Toronto with 100 cords of wood on Saturday, as also did the schooner Maggie, with 200 tons of sand stone.

-The schooner Canada, which carried away her main-sail, left at the same time for Oswego.

-The propeller North and barque Arabia have left Chicago for Toronto.

-Those vessels below the bridge loading with the remnants of the raft of shingle wood, have nearly all loaded. The Elizabeth with 75 cords, the Mary E. Burgoyne with 75 cords, the Junius with 75 cords, and Jenny Lind with 40 cords and some telegraph poles, have cleared at the Custom House. The schooners Elizabeth and Mary E. Burgoyne left on Saturday for Oswego.

-The barque Plymouth, with 10,000 cubic feet lumber, and Niagara, with 11,500 feet oak timber, have arrived at Garden Island.

-The propeller America called on Saturday morning bound down, but landed nothing.

-The steamer Aid with the steamer City of Ottawa and a barge in tow, arrived down on Saturday afternoon. The Ottawa was loaded with sundries.

-The steamer City of Hamilton left on Saturday morning for Montreal, with the barge Saguenay loaded with 16,950 bushels of Rye, from Chaffey & Bros., and a barge loaded with wheat and peas from J.H. Henderson & Co.

The Launch - The new schooner of Messrs. Calvin & Breck, was launched on Saturday afternoon from their yard at Garden Island, with great eclat. She glided gracefully off the ways and was well cheered as she touched the water. Immediately after she was launched the steamer City of Hamilton took her in tow and made the circuit of the harbor, returning her to the Island. A large party, as well as the Garden Island Band, were on the schooner and appeared to be enjoying themselves wonderfully. The Oriental for such is the name of the candidate, is a fine top-sail schooner of 493 tons, carpenter's measurement, and is somewhat like the Marion Breck. Her length is 144 feet, her breadth of beam 26 feet and her depth of hold 12 feet 6 inches. She is wire rigged, and will be fully rigged this winter. She adds another to the fine class of vessels Kingston possesses.

Sprung A Leak - The steamer Ranger, which left here on Tuesday for Hamilton, returned today in tow of the steamer Rescue, having sprung a leak. She had been anchored for four days in South Bay, on account of the storm, and on Saturday morning about one o'clock started out, the storm having calmed a little. Before a couple of hours sail, she found the sea too heavy for her and steered for shore, so as to obtain a shelter, struck upon a shoal and sprang a leak, at the same time breaking her injection pipe. She staid awhile in this position, and hailed the steamer Rescue, going up, which on learning her position, took her in tow, bringing her into our harbor on Saturday afternoon, with four feet of water in her hold, and keeping her pumps going. She then commenced to discharge her deck load of pig iron, bar iron and firewood, with a view of being hauled on the Marine Railway on Saturday night. Her cargo in hold consists of a cargo of miscellaneous goods, dry goods, groceries, etc., which will be almost a total loss. She was very heavily laden, and we have not heard whether her cargo was insured.

Effects of the Gale - The mate of the steamer Ranger reports that the schooner Caroline of Belleville, loaded with lumber, and the Ploughboy of Milford, light, were thrown on the beach near South Bay Point, with the violence of the gale on Thursday. There will be great difficulty in getting them off, as they are hard on.

The City of Ottawa - The Rideau steamer City of Ottawa arrived down on Saturday afternoon, from Ottawa. She has been particularly unfortunate with her engine which was formerly that of the Britannia, during the past season, having smashed it here, and after it was repaired, smashed it again near Ottawa, the latter laying her up for the last month. It is determined to have a new engine and boilers built for her during the ensuing winter, but whether the work will be done in this city or in Montreal is not yet arranged upon.

Shipbuilding In Upper Canada - There is now lying at Blais' booms, taking in her cargo, a new vessel called the Braunstone, lately built at Kingston, C.W., of about 1000 tons measurement, which is a very fine specimen of naval architecture, and is the largest vessel that has ever passed through the St. Lawrence canals. She was built by a young Quebecer, Mr. Wm. Yeoman, formerly in the employ of the late Mr. W.G. Russell, Point Levi, for her owners, Messrs. E. Berry & Co. Her dimensions are 168 feet length over all, 35 feet 6 inches breadth of beam, and 21 feet 7 inches depth of hold. Without being what is called a clipper, she is beautifully modelled, and will prove a most serviceable and excellent carrying vessel. She is commanded by Capt. Benj. Thomas, an old and well-known Quebec trader, who is a thorough and efficient seaman. It is expected that she will be ready for sea by Saturday. Our Quebec builders had better look out when vessels of this size can be built on our inland water and brought so successfully to the seaboard. It is, we believe, the intention of Messrs. Berry & Co., to lay down four new keels at their yard in Kingston during the coming winter; under the superintendence of Mr. Yeoman. The Braunstone is classed at Lloyd's A-1 seven years.

* The above is from the Quebec News, and indeed speaks well for the name of old Kingston. If the forwardness of Kingston was in all respects equal to its shipping enterprizes, it would soon rise into great importance. A resident of Quebec who daily sees vessels from all parts of Europe, can, we should say, be the proper judge of our ships, and the praise bestowed on the Braunstone is rightly deserved, for she being a splendid vessel there is no doubt. The greatest praise is due to Messrs. E. Berry & Co. for their great enterprise.

Schooner Ashore At Kincardine - Goderich, Nov. 11th - The schooner Forwarder, is ashore at Kincardine. All hands saved. A heavy gale prevails on the lake.

Another Schooner Ashore at Kincardine - Goderich, Nov. 11th - The schooner A.J. Rich is ashore at Kincardine. She sprung a leak on Lake Michigan last Friday.

Damage To The Schooner Uncle Tom - Port Colborne, Nov. 11th - The schooner Uncle Tom came in this evening having lost her fore-sail, and about 30,000 feet of lumber in the late gale.

Schooner Ashore On South Bay Point - Picton, Nov. 11th - The schooner Caroline and Ploughboy went ashore yesterday on South Bay Point. The Caroline is loaded with lumber from Belleville for Oswego. She is hard on. The Ploughboy is light and will be got off without damage.

The Vessel Ashore at Point Abino - Port Colborne, Nov. 11th - The vessel ashore at Point Abino is the schooner Belle Wallbridge, of Toledo, loaded with wheat, from Toledo to Buffalo. She is making very little water. The tug Relief will go to her assistance from Buffalo. She is expected to be got off without much trouble. The vessel has lost her rudder.

-The Bay and River Navigation Company are heavy losses by the burning of the Alexandra. She was almost entirely new and cost some $28,000. Her insurance was only for $8,000. The Company have had her put in drydock at Montreal, with the purpose of having her rebuilt.

-Imports - 11,12.

-Police Court - Attempt At Rape - captain of barge attacks woman cook.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1864