The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1815

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p.3 Last Wedesday night we experienced a fierce gale from the Southwest, attended however, with but little rain. Much anxiety is expressed for the safety of vessels and boats on the Lake, which we are fearful must have suffered considerably. Three schrs. we are told left this port the same morning.

A Shocking Accident - On Tuesday last, the schooner Julia, Capt. Snow, of Oswego, sailed from Lewiston with thirty persons on board, men, women and children; the schooner is supposed to have upset in the squall of Thursday night, and every person on board to have perished. The schooner has since driven ashore near Pultneyville. A sloop at the same time drove ashore, without a soul on board. Albany Nov. 3rd.


We learn with pleasure, that a Steam Boat is about being built in this place, to ply between Kingston and Prescott. The shares, we understand, are already taken up, and the work is to commence immediately. The advantage arising from this undertaking, to the community, our readers will find ably delineated in the following extract from the Montreal Gazette, of the 13th inst.

"The great utility of Steam Boats on the St. Lawrence between this City and Quebec, has discovered itself to our friends in Upper Canada; and we are extremely happy to hear, that several gentlemen of Kingston have formed the plan of establishing one on a large scale, to ply between that place and Prescott. We understand the shares are already filled up. When we consider the intimate connection subsisting between these sister provinces, and the rapidly increasing trade of Upper Canada, and the immense country bordering on the lakes, we rejoice at the introduction of any improvement that can tend to facilitate the communication, between that vast region, and this city, destined under proper management, to become the emporium of the inland commerce of N. America. We sincerely hope, that the approaching Session of both Legislatures, will be marked by mutual applications for the immediate removal of local obstructions, and ameliorating the navigation between this City and Prescott, thereby securing those mutual advantages, which will very soon compensate any expenditures that can possibly be incurred. No section of this Northern Continent holds out so flattering a prospect for the extension of Commerce, as we possess, if a liberal hand be extended towards its cultivation. The States of New York and Pennsylvania are very sensible of the advantages of our local situation, notwithstanding the present impediments, and are adopting measures at an immense expense, to attract the trade of the Upper Lakes to their sea ports. Our obstructions are trifling when compared with theirs, both as to difficulty and expense, neither of which will check the attempt, unless anticipated by the resolution and enterprise of this country."

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Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1815