The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Oct 1867

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p.2 Imports - 12,14.

Vessels On the Lakes - Milwaukie, Oct. 12th - The barque Pacific loaded with lumber, from Grand Haven to Chicago, was struck by a gale six miles out, on Wednesday night, and dashed to pieces on the shore. Three of the crew perished.

Sandusky, Oct. 12th - The schooner Mary Elizabeth, loaded with lumber from Detroit for Buffalo, is reported to have gone down last night. Six men and a boy were on board. The mate was saved.

V.P.T.W.C. - 12th - Sch. Wavertree, Milwaukie to Kingston; sch. Agnes, Port Stanley to Kingston; barque Arabia, Chicago to Kingston; prop North, Kingston to Chicago; prop America, St. Catherines to Montreal; sch. T.A. Martin, Cleveland to Kingston; barque British Lion, Kingston to Chicago; barque Plymouth, Kingston to Port Colborne; barque London, Toledo to Kingston; prop East, Chicago to Montreal.

p.3 Collision - The steamer Rochester on Friday night, on her trip from Belleville to Oswego, came in collision with a schooner, supposed to be the Belle of Belleville, about twenty miles on the other side of the Ducks. The boom of the schooner was carried away, but it being night the amount of the damage was not ascertained. The Rochester was forced to return to Belleville, where she arrived on Saturday forenoon in a disabled condition. The wheel-house and some other portions of the steamer received considerable injury. The consternation and alarm on board after the collision was great among the few passengers on board, but they were soon quieted of the fears entertained by them of their own safety. The Rochester's repairs will take over a week, as she is badly smashed up.

The Magnet - The steamer Magnet still lies in her position at the foot of the Gallops Rapids. Her passengers arrived here on Sunday on the steamer Champion, which called and took them off. The small pumps were sent down from here on the same morning, by the steamer Pierrepont, the steam pump not being required. The Pierrepont returned to port again yesterday, with a portion of the Magnet's cargo (not damaged), principally heavy goods. The balance of the cargo, also uninjured, will be brought up this afternoon by the steamer Spartan. There will be no boat downwards tomorrow morning on account of the accident.

The accident occurred in the Gallops rapids, near Edwardsburg, about ten o'clock on Saturday morning. The Magnet was working against the current, and the heavy wind which prevailed had the effect of driving her out of her usual course. Failing to recover her loss, the boat struck three times on the rocks in the current. Finding the boat making water, Capt. Fairgrieve backed her down the river. Once out of the swift water, he headed the Magnet for a bay half a mile below the point she struck, and a mile from Edwardsburg, where she was grounded at the bow in a soft bed, where she now lies snugly. The forecastle is full of water, but the other parts of the vessel are quite dry. It is expected that she will be got off at once, and will therefore lose only one trip. She will be taken to Montreal for repairs.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Oct 1867