The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1849

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The Chicago Journal of the 2nd instant, says the storm, which has been very violent for a day or two, increased in fury last night, and the wind heightened into a gale. We fear it has proved disastrous to shipping upon the Lakes. We learn from the Cleveland Herald of the 4th, that on the night of the 3rd the propeller Hercules, when off Fairport on her way up from Buffalo, came nearly in collision with a three masted schooner, supposed to be the Canadian Schooner Gilmour. The captain hailed the Hercules, said he was in a sinking condition, and wished to be taken in tow. The Hercules passed passed round the schooner several times, but on account of an injury to the propeller's wheels, and the roughness of the sea it was found impossible to tow, the captain of the Hercules hailed the captain of the vessel to make sail for the beach, and when last seen she was doing so.

The schooner Henry Clay was breached at Conneaut on Monday. The Steamer Nile is reported by telegraph to be ashore at Milwaukee. It is also reported that 14 persons died on board the Nile during her way up, and three on board the St. Louis. The cholera was still prevailing at Mackinaw and deaths occurring daily.

We learn by passenger that there was a severe gale on Tuesday night on the other side of this lake. One or two vessels have gone ashore at Darlington, and the propeller Beagle struck upon a pier at Port Hope, breaking a hole through her side, after which she stranded. She was loaded with merchandise, nearly all of which is damaged by water.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1849