The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 22, 1857

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p.2 Navigation Still Open - sch. Elizabeth landed a cargo of salt and cod from Oswego; Marion loading wheat for Ogdensburg. [Colborne Transcript]

p.3 Marine Intelligence

Trip of the C.J. Kershaw - From the Detroit Advertiser we glean some particulars of the trip of the barque C.J. Kershaw, from Liverpool to Montreal. She sailed from Liverpool on the 22nd of September, drawing over eleven feet of water. When only thirty-six hours out she met a violent gale, and being heavily laden, lay like a dead weight in the water, and would not rise with the sea. Her patent top-sail reefing apparatus would not work, and in working it some of the irons were broken. She put back to Liverpool, discharged about sixty tons of iron, dispensed with the patent reefing apparatus, fixed her sails upon the old plan and set sail again. This time she had been out nine days, when another terrible gale came up, which lasted four days, blowing with great fury. The sea made clean breaches over her, filled her cabin completely, smashed in all the state-rooms, put out the fires, wet and spoiled all the provisions, and, in short, almost entirely demolished the whole cabin. Every rag of sail was taken in, and the vessel ran under bare poles. Capt. Pierce threw overboard forty crates of crockery, and all the spare spars, etc., which could be got at, to lighten her. The sailors were obliged to live on raw bacon and hard bread, as no fires could be built. Capt. Pierce put back to Falmouth, where he lay one week and repaired. When he reached Falmouth the Kershaw was as tight as a drum, not a seam nor plank having started. While in Falmouth, many a large ship came into that port with spars broken and gone, and most of them leaking badly. The Kershaw was visited by hundreds, and the fact of her coming out of the storm in such fine style, was a matter of general comment. After repairing thoroughly, Capt. Pierce again set sail on the 16th of October. Had fair weather until reaching the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about the middle of November, when he was met by head winds, and a succession of the same until reaching Quebec. The buoys in the Gulf were all taken up, and no pilot was to be had. Capt. Pierce, therefore, was obliged to pilot the vessel up the channel himself. He came up the north channel, which is the most dangerous of the two, and got through without an accident. The Kershaw is the only vessel which ever reached Quebec from the Atlantic without a pilot, and is the last vessel which left Liverpool for that port. She was five days in sight of Bick Island, 150 miles below Quebec, and could not reach it on account of the head winds. Met ice sixty miles below Quebec, and from there to Montreal found plenty of it. Thirty miles below Quebec two of the crew took a boat and went ashore for provisions, lost the boat and could not return, and were obliged to walk to Quebec. Found the ice thick and heavy in Montreal, and had much difficulty in getting into the basin. The greater portion of the Kershaw's cargo is crockery, iron and steel, though she has on board a considerable quantity of ship-chandlery, paints, oils, etc. A portion of her cargo is consigned to Montreal, some to Hamilton, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago.

The following is a list of vessels at Port Colborne, 14th:- Schooners Fremont, J. Grant, Acontias, Ruby, Pomeroy, J. Weeden, Bay City; Brigs J.G. Deshler, Caroline; Bark Fame; Propeller Acme; Tug Underwriter. Above lock 13th, Propeller Western Miller; 14th, Schooner Russel Dart. The Propeller Young America passed into the canal on the 12th.

The propellers Leviathan and Rescue started on Sunday to go to the assistance of the schooners F.T. Barney, of Cleveland, and the Nicaragua, of Oswego, which are ashore about fifteen miles this side of Goderich, near the tug Uncle Ben. The Barney was bound up with a load of wood, and the Nicaragua was bound down with a cargo of wheat. If the weather should continue mild and pleasant for a few days, both vessels will no doubt be got off, and we should not be surprised to see the tugs return with both vessels and the Uncle Ben. [Detroit Advertiser]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 22, 1857