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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 15, 1845

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[Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, Wednesday, Nov. 5th]

The Storm On The Lake - The high wind of Sunday night appears to have quite a disastrous effect upon the shipping above. The following is an extract from a letter dated

Port Huron, Ohio, Nov. 3rd.

"The brig Uncle Sam, schrs. Flying Dutchman, Eagle, Argus, Boston, Lumberman, Wabash, and Alps arrived here today. Four vessels were driven on shore here at 3 o'clock this morning, viz: Brig Francis Mills, schr. Aurora Borealis, and two other topsail schrs., name not known."

In addition to the above several vessels are reported ashore at Erie, the schr. Clay amongst the rest. A brig and schr. are ashore at Madison Dock. The Brig is thought to be the Owanungah. The schr. Smead is ashore in the vicinity of Cleveland. Some apprehension is felt for the safety of vessels on the Upper Lakes, if the storm prevailed there with the same violence that it did upon the upper end of Lake Erie.

Accident To The Franklin - The Cleveland Herald of Nov. 3rd says: - The steamboat Ben Franklin, Capt. Edmonds, from Buffalo, struck when making to harbor, about 9 o'clock last evening, and the heavy sea lifted her upon the west pier. One wheel was entirely carried away, the wheel house and guards shattered, and her false sides broken in. Capt. E. managed to get clear of the pier and work his craft in. The hull and cargo uninjured. It will take several days to repair damages. A man was crowded or jumped overboard from the Franklin, but luckily washed upon the pier and saved..

The storm has driven some sixty or seventy vessels into port. The Caledonia failed in entering the pier, and has thrown her anchor outside the east pier, where it is feared she will go ashore.

Later - We understand the Caledonia has gone ashore. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, Nov. 3rd]

p.3 A large barque, called the Grampus, owned by Messrs. Gunn, of Hamilton, is now lying at Browne's Wharf, and is well worth going to see. Her owner proposes sending her freighted with produce to England next Spring. The undertaking of forwarding, from Canada, Flour, etc., to the Home Markets, without breaking bulk, is an experiment which we would be glad to see prosperously worked out, inasmuch as any advantages which the Agriculturalists of Western Canada ought to derive from Grain, etc., being abundunt and cheap here, while it is scarce and dear in Britain, are altogether neutralized by the high rates of transport between Lake Ontario and Liverpool. The present state of the British markets, and the boon we enjoy as regards the admission of our grain at a nominal duty into British ports, hold out profitable inducements to the Canadian Farmer; but the tariff of freights nullifies these golden opportunities. Canada has just now a fine market for her staple articles of produce, but the rapacity of the ship owners comparatively shuts the door. The price of Wheat has, by every arrival from England, been announced as looking up; and by an equal progression the rates of transport have advanced. So that instead of the Farmer who grows the Wheat, and the country in general, profitting by the state of markets at home, a few forwarders and ship owners are enabled to render the paternal intentions of the British Government to encourage the growth of Canadian wheat a dead letter to those for whose benefit the boon was granted; as, at the same time, they convert it into a source of greedy profit to themselves. [Toronto Herald]


On all downward freights received by the Subscribers at Kingston or places below, on and after the 15th instant, the undernoted rates will be charged to Montreal, or after the closing of the Lachine Canal to Lachine:-

Flour, per barrel 3s.

Pork, Beef etc., per barrel 4s 6d.

Ashes per barrel 8s. 9d.

Butter, Lard, etc., per keg 1s 6d.

Tobacco, per hhd. 15s.

Wheat and other Grain per 60 lbs. 9d.

Other property in proportion.

H. Jones & Co.

Murray & Sanderson.

Quebec Forwarding Co.,

per Alex. Ferguson, Agent.

Hooker, Holton & Co.

Macpherson, Crane & Co.

Pioneer Steamboat Co.

per L. Hilliard.

Montreal, Nov. 11th, 1845

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 15, 1845