The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 23, 1857

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p.2 The Storm - The wind storm which sprang up on Thursday night continued all day Friday; and Friday night the wind increased to such violence as to impede the progress of pedestrians in the streets, and lashed the waters of Ontario into a foam. Vessels on the lakes must have suffered great damage, as the cold, snow, and wind combined, rendered it almost impossible to work a vessel. But it is hoped there were not many out of reach of a haven when the storm commenced. Such was the fury with which the waves lashed the vessels lying at the wharves here, that men were kept watching the steamers and schooners all night, but no material injury happened to any of them. The warehouse erected on the breakwater of the Marine Railway was entirely destroyed by the united force of the wind and waves; and the Hon. John Hamilton's wharf, fronting his residence, was completely broken up and washed away, and a small boat lying adjacent was blown into the street and broken to atoms. A skiff belonging to Mr. Miller, at the Tannery wharf, was washed away and smashed at the Water-works wharf. On King street, in front of Garratt's wharf, the road was submerged, and a great portion of the surface earth washed away; and Garratt's wharf was demolished...

We also learn that the wharf and a part of the storehouse at Port Sydney, a few miles below this city, on the St. Lawrence, were washed away, also a quantity of cordwood which was piled on the wharf.

There is reason to apprehend that the disasters on the upper lakes have been numerous and extensive, as by accounts from Chicago in the beginning of last week.

The schooner Royal Oak lost both her anchors while riding out the gale in South Bay on Friday night, and ran for Kingston, where she struck against the Cataraqui Bridge. The force of the blow being lessened by a line thrown out in season, no damage was done to the vessel, but the bridge was slightly injured.

-The Life-boat provided by the Government for Port Hope harbor, the Atlas says, is lying near the beach opposite the Canada House full of water, and having neither oar nor boat hook near it. This is surely an oversight on the part of the harbor commissioners.

Rideau Canal - tolls higher than on St. Lawrence according to M.K. Dickinson, forwarder of Montreal. [Merrickville Chronicle]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 23, 1857