The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1841

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p.1 Petition For An Armed Vessel on Lake Erie - by Americans at Buffalo, gives a short description of steamers Toronto and Minos. (2 1/2 columns)

p.2 McLeod's Trial - concerning burning of the Caroline. [N.Y. Commercial Adv.]

Capt. Boxer R.N. arrived in town on Sunday. He came a passenger in the Unicorn on her last trip from Halifax...

Fatal Accident - man falls out of skiff and drowns at Cedar Island; body found by "floating a piece of white cedar down the stream near the supposed place of drowning, and watching where it stopped and whirled around."

Attempt To Destroy Our War Steamers on Lake Erie - We mentioned briefly in a recent number of this paper, a most desperate attempt which was made by some miscreants on the morning of the 17th ult., to destroy H.M. Steam Vessels Toronto and Minos, then lying at anchor at Chippewa. The following particulars may be relied on as strictly correct.

At about 10 minutes before 3 A.M. the sentry on the forecastle of the Toronto saw a light approaching the vessel, apparently two or three hundred yards ahead. He hailed it twice, but received no answer; he was in the act of calling the attention of the Sergeant of the Watch, when it exploded with a tremendous noise, shaking the ship to her centre - and as it afterwards appeared, breaking the windows in several houses on shore. As the smoke cleared away a boat was seen pulling with great swiftness towards Grand Island. She was immediately pursued by a boat from the Toronto, but without success.

The next morning a cask was seen sticking in the mud close to the bank near the spot where the explosion took place. On examination it was found to be full of powder, ingeniously fitted into a kind of platform to make it float steadily, and with a fuse half burnt, fixed in the bung hole. To the cask was attached several fathoms of whale line by which it evidently must have been connected with the one that exploded - and the use of which no doubt to take across the bows of the vessel so as to bring a cask on either side of her as they floated down with the stream.

On the arrival of Commodore Sandom, on the 23rd ult., an enquiry by a board of Magistrates took place, and several depositions of parties who witnessed the affair were taken; the only circumstance of importance that was elicited, was, that on the same morning a farmer on Grand Island in going round his fields, found four men lying asleep in a shanty, and a boat hauled up on the beach close by; the men were armed; and one of them he knew to be from Buffalo, and an accomplice of the notorious Lett - who has since openly expressed his regret at the failure of the attempt. The barrel bore the mark of a brewery in Buffalo, and contained upwards of 100 lbs. of gunpowder. A musket shot was fired from the upper end of Navy Island at the Toronto's boat as she passed in pursuit.

p.3 Under Sailing Orders - The British armed steamships Minos and Toronto both passed up the lake early this morning in advance of the large fleet which left our port. Their course lay towards Port Colbourne, and long after their hulls were hidden from observation, the black vapor from their smoke pipes was visible rising from the inlet above Point Abino. [Buffalo Comm]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1841