The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 24, 1837

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p.2 Last Thursday night the wind blew a gale from the south, and about two o'clock on Friday morning a furious squall came suddenly down and caused considerable damage in our harbour. The Steam Boat Bytown was lying at Mr. Counter's Wharf, loaded ready for starting in the morning, and a barge alongside was about half loaded with flour and potash. When the wind freshened, Capt. Bowen rose up and proceeded to get out a large hawser to moor the Bytown to Mr. Garrett's or Mr. Cartwright's wharf. Before this could be completed, the fury of the wind and the rolling waves had greatly increased, and with a violent squall of wind a heavy sea struck the vessel, and tore out the stanchions by which she was fastened to the wharf. Being thus set loose, the next wave drove her up the beach, successive waves stove in the cabin windows, and filled the cabin, when she sunk at her stern with her deck below the water, and her prow high up on the bank. The waves then swept away the whole of the ladies' cabin, with the Captain's office, the promenade deck, and every thing above water aft of the wheel houses. The barge swamped and sank in the beginning of the squall. The whole was the work of about ten minutes. Mr. Lynch had a scow laden with wood lying near the same place, and he also got up to secure his scow; but so sudden and furious was the blast, that before he could get out a rope and shift his position, his scow was swamped and his wood scattered on the billows. The barge was raised on Friday and towed to the Marine railway; and after a great deal of labour the Bytown was also raised and taken on the railway. She has sustained but little damage in her hull, and the engine is uninjured. She will be repaired instantly, and run the remainder of the season without a ladies' cabin, starting again next Friday.

The damage is considerable, but much less than was at first anticipated. Capt. Bowen has lost about £180, but it will be seen by his advertisement that there is some probability of his recovering the money, as a man was seen to pick it up from the wreck, and take it away. A parcel of notes of the Commercial Bank, amounting to £1000 or upwards, which the Bank was sending to Bytown, was swept away, but as they are probably destroyed there is no loss. If some person should find them, we presume the numbers are known and payment will be stopped. Several barrels of salt and flour, with two puncheons of whisky, were lost, and the remainder of the flour was damaged. The total loss occasioned by the storm will be about £700. The Commodore Barrie broke one of her paddles and received some other trifling injuries. The same gale blew down some fences and a chimney in town.

Niagara Assizes - Welland Canal Co. VS Wm. L. Mackenzie for libel, verdict for Plaintiffs and two shillings damages plus costs.

£10 Reward - for pocketbook belonging to Capt. Wm. Bowen, captain of steamer Bytown, on Counter's wharf.

The contracts for the improvement of the Trent on Chisholm's rapids and Myer's Island, have been taken by Messrs. Francis & Barclay of this Town

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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 24, 1837