On Thursday night and yesterday morning, we were visited by one of the most violent gales of wind that have for many years been experienced in this part of the country. The wind came from the south, or nearly south, blowing directly into our harbour. The steamer Bytown, which was lying on the west side of Counter's wharf, and ready to proceed to Bytown yesterday morning, was driven on shore and totally wrecked, the upper cabin and deck being entirely carried off. Capt. Bowen, of the Bytown, we regret to learn, has lost nearly £200, which he had in his trunk - and a parcel containing about £1000, belonging to the Commercial Bank, has also been lost.
A Barge belonging to the Ottawa Company, loaded with a large quantity of Flour and Potash was sunk. The Barge has since been taken up, and is now on the Marine Railway, undergoing the necessary repairs. The extent of damage suffered by the Bytown can not as yet be ascertained, but we are happy to learn that the machinery is uninjured.
The Commodore Barrie had a narrow escape. She lost one of her paddles, and received some slight injuries otherwise. She will be ready, however, to proceed on her regular trips on Monday evening.
The loss of property at Counter's Wharf in consequence of this gale is estimated at £1500.
The Improvement of the Trent - We are happy to announce that on Wednesday last the two lower sections of this work, viz Chisholm's Rapids and Myer's Island were given out by Contract. The Contractors are Messrs. Francis & Barclay of Kingston.
The Cobourg Steamer - We regret to learn, that last evening between 6 and 8 o'clock, this fine vessel, as she was proceeding on her upward trip, got upon a sand bar above Ferris' Point, and about eight miles from Kingston.