The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1867

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p.2 Imports - 6.

The Harbor and the Gale

The gale subsided yesterday morning, and the weather became quite cold. The gale did a deal of damage on Friday, and increased at night to a perfect hurricane. Fences and trees are torn down on land, and a deal more damage done on the water.

On Friday afternoon the schooner Mariniere dragged her anchors and ran against the Cataraqui bridge, smashing it nearly in two at the drawbridge. For a time the vessel was in a perilous position, but through the exertions of the crew of the tug Swan and several gentlemen, whose names are mentioned elsewhere, she was taken safely off.

Barges and steamers dashed against the wharves, and in one or two instances anchor chains were broken and spiles of the dock pulled out. One vessel drifted from Simcoe Island over in the direction of Portsmouth, but was not damaged. On Saturday she was towed with another laden vessel over to Oswego, by an Ogdensburg tug.

The schooner E.B. Allen, of Ogdensburg, arrived from Chicago with a cargo of grain on Thursday night, and came to anchor over a shoal near Point Frederick. On Friday night she pounded on the shoal, and on Saturday morning it was found that she had four feet of water in her hold. Laborers were procured to work the pumps, by which means she was kept afloat, and the tug John A. Macdonald towed her to the United States wharf. Afterwards she was towed to Ogdensburg.

The schooner Annie Minnes having made three unsuccessful attempts at a trip to Oswego, with a cargo of lumber, has gone into winter quarters, and unshipped her cargo.

Of the steamers, the propeller Georgian is laid up at the Marine Railway, the Avon and steamer Bay of Quinte at Ford's wharf, the steamers Grecian, Magnet, Kingston, Huron at the St. Lawrence wharf; the propeller Bristol at Chaffey's, and steamer Empress at Gildersleeve's wharf. The four propellers Colonist, St. Lawrence, Brantford and Bruno, are due from Prescott, and the prop. East and some vessels from above.

The schooner Eliza Fisher, of Kingston, a new boat, left here on Thursday, and there being yet no word of her at any port, anxiety is shewn for news from her.

The news came by telegraph from Port Colborne on Saturday that the schooner B.F. Davy had at last become a total wreck. The cargo of grain is strewn along the beach, all except 2,000 bushels, which was saved.

-Card of Thanks - for help in saving sch. Mariniere during storm. J.A. Karch.

p.3 Oswego, Dec. 6th - A portion of the Welland Canal fleet arrived yesterday afternoon and this morning.

Oswego, Dec. 7th - There was a great gale on Lake Ontario last night. The schooner Baltic sunk by hitting the wharf, her cargo of wheat is nearly a total loss.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1867