The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 21, 1842

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p.2 The First Vessel Which Navigated the Western Lakes - belonging to LaSalle. [Hunt's Merchant Magazine]

Canal Trade of Buffalo in 1842 - comparing figures with 1841. [Buffalo Daily Mercantile Courier, Dec. 7th]


Extract of a letter from Joy and Webster, her owners, to their friend in this city, dated

Buffalo, Dec. 8th, 1842.

Captain Richards and Mr. Green, his first mate, reached here last evening, having left the Preble securely laid up for the winter, on the Canada side of the St. Clair River, opposite to Port Huron, two miles below Fort Gratiot; her cargo of 8,500 bushels of wheat, all safe and in good order on board. The second mate and a boy also on board as ship keepers for the winter; sails on shore in a storehouse. Captain Richards, and Mr. Green, with a part of the crew, came down overland through Canada.

The storm from the N. West struck the brig when she was within two hours sail of the Manitou Islands, the coast of Michigan also in sight; of course she had to put away southwesterly to clear the east shore of the lake. For three days and nights she rode in that most merciless storm, sometimes "laid to," and sometimes "upon the wind," as their safety demanded. After three days they reached the Manitou, having a foot in thickness of solid ice over the entire forward part of the vessel - bows, windlass, foremast shrouds halfway to mast-head; they were seven hours in freeing the windlass so as to be able to come to anchor, when they got in. They lay at the Manitou near three days, having 18 inches of snow on deck.

From there to the St. Clair river across Lake Huron, the passage was exceedingly rough and cold, but they made their haven, having stood out the entire storm under sail, without the loss of any thing but one of the gang ways, and without the carrying away of even a rope yarn.

Thanks to a good Providence, a noble vessel and a noble crew of experienced and capable men are safe again, and we, with many others, are relieved from exceeding anxiety. Lake St. Clair and the upper end of Lake Erie are covered with solid ice, the cold there having been very severe. Here it is still mild, and our harbor is free of ice. [Ev. Jour.]

From the Buffalo Commercial, of Dec. 5th.

Advices from the West today, announce the safe arrival of the steamers Illinois at Chicago, and Missouri at Detroit, after unparalleled difficulties. It is thought that both boats will winter at their respective ports. The brigs Preble and M. Oliver were seen entering Lake St. Clair, and may be by this time laying safe in the vicinity of Detroit. The schooner C. Walker is yet to hear from, also the Sol. Juneau, and a schooner called the Herald of Malden.

It is known that there are three vessels beached on the west side of Long Point, from which no intelligence has yet been obtained. The schooner Reindeer and sloop Corwin ? left port this morning for the wreck of the Florida near Point Abino, with a view to obtain such portions of the cargo as can be got at. The brig Oscola has also left port for Silver Creek, where she is to lay up for the winter. She has on board some salt and ship stuff. The ice in the harbour has moved off entirely.

From the same, of Dec. 6th.

The schooners Wilcox, J. A. Baker, and C. Walker, are vessels from which no information has yet been heard. The Wilcox loaded at Michigan City for Buffalo, on the 12th of October. The two latter left this port for Chicago near the close of the same month. The C. Walker, we noticed by the Chicago papers, cleared from that port previous to the gale.

It is understood that the schooner Bancroft, lost at St. Joseph, had on board 300 bushels salt, a like quantity of apples, and an invoice of merchandise belonging to a Mr. Hawks, of that place. The vessel was jointly owned by Messrs. Wheeler & Porter, and the master, Capt. Bouton. She was insured for $2,500, and it is thought will be a total wreck.

Irish Committee - which collected funds for sufferers of Shamrock disaster on July 9th, presented Mr. John Norton, of Lachine, with gift for his help at the scene of disaster; also presented a silver snuff box to Capt. N.S. Chamberlain, of str. Dolphin, for his exertions at the wreck. [Montreal Gazette]

p.3 A Meeting of the Stockholders of the Steamer Prince Edward, will take place at Belleville at noon on Saturday the the 7th day of January next, 1843, at the office of John Ross, Esq., Barrister at Law.

A. Cameron, Agent Steamer Prince Edward.

Kingston, 20th Dec., 1842.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 21, 1842