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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1867

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The Steamers - The weather is milder but still quite wintry, and the steamers are gradually lying up.

The steamer Bay of Quinte has laid up at the United States wharf. The steamer Pierrepont will endeavor to make a trip up the Bay tomorrow or Friday, and if possible force her way through the ice to Belleville.

The propeller Indian, upward bound, still remains storm staid, and the steamer Osprey, bound upwards, and the steamer Huron and propellers Avon and Colonist, on their way to Kingston, are still unable to leave Presque Isle.

The steamer Empress passed down on Monday from Trenton to Montreal, but did not proceed further than Prescott, the cold having frozen up the Beauharnois and other canals. She returned on Monday to this port, and is laid up at the St. Lawrence wharf.

The B.F. Davy A Total Wreck - The following is contained in a telegram from Port Colborne, dated yesterday:-

The schooner New Dominion has filled with water. The cargo is a total loss. The schooner B.F. Davy, of Kingston, broke her back last night and is now full of water. The vessel will be a total loss.

The B.F. Davy was owned by Messrs. James Swift & Samuel Fraser, who purchased her a year ago. She was laden with corn from Chicago to Prescott.

The Marine Disasters - A telegram from Dunkirk, N.Y., near which port the propeller Oswego went ashore, says:-

Seven of the crew of the Oswego attempted to land yesterday afternoon, but the boat was upset. Orin Phillips, Engineer, and four others were drowned. The two mates and the remainder of the crew were saved this morning.

The following is a report of another disaster:-

The schooner Explorer, of Chatham, was capsized on Middle Rock near Yeo Island, Lake Huron, and two men named William Starnes and Jack ___, lost their lives, the master, Waddell, alone reaching the shore after the accident. The vessel was about half laden with supplies for a saw mill on Georgian Bay, and merchandize for a trading adventure - sailed from St. Clair rapids on the 8th inst., steering for the Detour passage to Bruce Mines where it intended to call. The master clung to the stern of the vessel from the time she capsized (about 8 p.m.) till noon the next day, during which interval he succeeded in clearing the boat off the davits, and bailing her out with the ship's bucket, which, with an oar and a pike pole, were lashed to the same rigging he had sought safety in. The wind blowing towards Cabot's Head he left the vessel and succeeded in reaching the shore. From Cabot's Head he worked his way with the yawl boat and an oar all round the coast in a famishing condition, having only a few fish to exist on, to Colpoy's Bay, which he reached on Monday, the 25th inst., in such an exhausted state that assistance was required to enable him to be removed from the boat.

The schooner Carthagena, ashore at Oswego, has gone to pieces. Her cargo of grain was sold for 350 ? greenbacks. She was valued at over $30,000, which was refused for her.

The Oswego Times says: The schr. W.B. Allen, bound from Chicago to Ogdensburgh with a cargo of wheat, is ashore at Pilot Island, about 8 miles from Alexandria Bay. The tug Crusader, Captain Manwarring, with a steam pump, has gone to her assistance. ` The scow Baltic, lumber laden from Canada, is ashore at Pultneyville. Capt. Williams has gone up to see in what condition she is in, and it is possible that she may be got off.

The schooner S.J. Holley, which arrrived here Saturday afternoon with wheat from Toledo, jettisoned about 500 bushels of her cargo. She shipped heavy seas, and it was feared she would founder.

The schooner Geo. D. Dousman, which came in during the gale, lost a portion of her canvas.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1867