The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1866

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p.3 Navigation Closed at Ottawa.

-Last Shipment - barge Frank sent with grain to Ogdensburg

-Vessel Lost With All Hands - barque Garryowen on Lake Erie sinks; it had a strange history full of casualties - built as a barge, sank in St. Lawrence rapids, brought to Kingston, rebuilt as Inkerman, blew up, rebuilt as Tornado, ashore, rebuilt as Stork, renamed Garryowen.

-The Steamer Corinthian - laid up at Port Hope.

Particulars of the Loss of the Schooner M. Ballard - On the 30th inst., the keeper of the light-house on Galoo Island, Lake Ontario, with two men, saw the Ballard going down toward the St. Lawrence, probably bound for Ogdensburgh. When opposite the Island, and one and a half miles to the northwest of the lighthouse, she struck a shoal and was unable to get off. She struck about 9 o'clock a.m. At twenty minutes of 11 the mainmast fell over, and at 11 the foremast fell over. The wind was blowing a gale and a heavy sea running, so no boats could be sent from the island with any hope of reaching the imperilled crew of the schooner. The vessel hung in the same position till 1 p.m. when she sunk out of sight. Her small boat drifted ashore an hour after she went down.

The lighthouse keeper and his two companions remained on the beach till dusk. Shortly before nightfall three or four of the crew were seen floating on the hatches. One of them came so near that an oar was handed to him. He caught it, but a heavy sea washed him back and he was not seen afterwards. One of the crew was picked up that evening on the shore, about three miles from the head of the Island, and two more were found the next morning. Two of the bodies have been forwarded to Detroit, and one has been received in Kingston.

-Imports - 7.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Dec 1866