The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 14, 1835

Full Text

p.2 Loss of Lives Again at St. Joseph - On the morning of the 6th inst. an attempt was made to land from the Schooner Commodore to obtain provisions, with a barge and eight men, four from the Schr. La Salle, which with about a dozen other vessels had been holding on at anchor, outside the bar, for several days during the high winds, unable to discharge their freight. The boat had no sooner entered the surf, on the other bar, than she swamped, and five of the eight men immediately drowned. The remaining three were rescued from their perilous situation, to which they were clinging on the keel of the boat, by Capt. Stewart of the La Salle, Capt. Gould of the Commodore, E.P. Deacon, Esq. and one other person who hurried from the shore to their assistance. In the attempt to rescue, the boat from the shore partly filled and came so near capsizing as to throw Mr. Deacon entirely overboard to leeward, and the keel in passing over struck a severe blow on his head. He however rose to windward, recovered the boat, and, together with the three men on the other boat, was saved, though two of the three were so nearly exhausted that they were with great difficulty restored to life. Among the lost were the mate of the Commodore, and a brother-in-law of the captain. On the following night the United States dragged anchor and was driven ashore.

The bodies of the persons drowned were found on the 11th inst. from 8 to 10 miles up the shore of the Lake.

How long will Congress neglect to make the small appropriation necessary to improve and render accessible this important harbor. [Michigan Statesman]

We are happy to announce to the public the safe arrival of the diagonal-built Barge, Quebec. She is Quebecker-rigged; that is, two tiers of sheets, two lug-sails, and one jib. We are informed that in the heavy gale, the heaviest that has occurred this season, although the fore sheets gave way, she reached Cobourg with mainsail and jib only, and afterwards put to sea in the midst of the gale at night, and would have made the port of Toronto if the wind had held out; but as it failed she put into Windsor harbour, and after refitting reached this Port in safety. She is said to be very dry, and superior to any vessel on the lake in a storm. The cargo is advertised for sale in our columns of this day, and consists of a good variety of the most valuable merchandise. [Toronto Patriot]

p.3 Improvement of the Trent - meeting held at Peterborough - want to remind legislature of importance of this project. [Cobourg Star]

Disasters On Lake Ontario - On Tuesday morning the steam boat Cobourg left Toronto on her trip downward; the weather being then quite moderate she reached Cobourg on the evening of the same day; the weather still continuing the same, she left Cobourg at ten o'clock, but had hardly gone ten miles when a heavy gale from the north-east began to blow, and continued to increase until 3 o'clock the next morning. The wind then suddenly chopped round and blew a perfect hurricane from the north west. At four o'clock saw a schooner on her beam ends, about half a mile from the Ducks, floating, it was supposed, in fifteen fathoms water. Two men were seen clinging to the wreck; one of the sufferers had a stick in his hand, at the top of which was attached a handkerchief, which he waved as a signal of distress. The state of the weather, however, was such, that the Cobourg could render no assistance. The sea at this time was washing over the decks of the Cobourg in every direction, and breaking into the cabin through the deck windows. Captain Paynter was therefore reluctantly obliged to leave the unfortunates to their fate. The schooner, from the appearance of the hull, was supposed to be the Ontario, belonging to Oswego. A short time afterwards saw another schooner about two miles from the Ducks, also afloat on her beam ends, but no appearance of any living creature was seen about her; it was supposed all had perished. The Cobourg, for five hours, suffered the extremity of the gale, during that time her bows were almost constantly buried in the mountainous sea which foamed around her, and she shipped at intervals some heavy seas. On arriving opposite to Kingston, where she had to land 3 cabin and 15 deck passengers, such was the violence of the storm, that she could not possibly approach the port; she therefore had to carry them down with her to Prescott, and land them at Kingston on her return.

The passengers describe Captain Paynter's conduct throughout this trying scene, to have been everything that could inspire hope and confidence among the ship's company, never having even for one instant left his post on deck while the gale lasted.

The Traveller - This fine vessel touched at our Harbour on Tuesday last, on her first trip from Niagara to Prescott. Yesterday morning she paid us another visit on her route upwards, heavily laden with goods and passengers.

This vessel, as mentioned by us on a former occasion, is schooner rigged, having her machinery under deck, after the fashion of the British Channel Steamers, with two beautiful Engines of 40 horse power each, made by Ward of Montreal. Her shafts and cranks are made of wrought iron, and of Glasgow manufacture.

We have not the exact dimensions of the Traveller, but understand that the length of her deck is 145 feet. Her State Rooms are extremely commodious and comfortable - and in point of speed she stands foremost on the western waters.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
Nov. 14, 1835
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Rick Neilson
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 14, 1835