The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 10, 1845

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p.2 The Steamer Princess Royal came into port yesterday morning on her last trip. She, as well as the other lake steamers, are now laid up for the winter. The Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara boats are still plying. The Erie canal being now closed, goods can be transported from the Atlantic cities of the United States, by railway to Lewiston, at moderate rates, and can be sent on from thence, during winter, by steamers to Toronto - a great public convenience.

[Toronto Colonist]

Melancholy Accident - On Friday afternoon last while the Schooner Sydenham was on her way from Amherst Island to Kingston, a man named Thomas Shaw, a resident on the Island, accidentally lost his life in the following manner: It appears that on the boat nearing Kingston, he was in the act of changing the Boom from one side of the vessel to the other when it suddenly reversed, struck him on the side, and knocked him overboard. He appeared but once on the surface of the water, and it is thought that he was killed by the Boom striking him, before he entered the water. He was not employed on the boat, but merely took a passage to Kingston. The unfortunate man has left a wife and a family of ten children, wholly unprovided for. The body has not yet been found.


Melancholy Disasters - During the gale last week, we are sorry to hear that there have been serious losses on Lake Ontario. The schooner Thistle, Captain Burns, with a full cargo of merchandise, from Kingston to this port, was seen during the gale in a very critical position, and the owners, Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, have no doubt but she has gone down, with all hands. Capt. Burns was an old resident of the Country, and well and favorably known while commander of the steamboat Union on this lake.

The schooner Kent, owned by the Messrs. Browne of Hamilton, is on shore, and it is feared will prove a total wreck, at the Thirty Mile Creek. The steamer Admiral, Capt. Gordon, went to her assistance from Niagara on Wednesday, and only succeeded in saving three kegs of powder and a cask of merchandise. We have not heard of any lives being lost.

The schooner Nelson, Capt. Ross, from Kingston, with a cargo of merchandise, took shelter during the gale, in Windsor Harbor, with the loss of sails, where she remains, frozen up.

The schooner A. Smith, Capt. Wilson, from Kingston, was obliged to throw a deck load of crockery overboard, which we understand belonged to Messrs. Norris of this city.

All the vessels that have arrived in port yesterday, from below, report the gale as the most severe they have experienced for many years, and each of them has suffered more or less damage.

Reports are rife of several vessels being on shore, on the opposite side of the Lake, but we have been unable to learn particulars. [Colonist, Dec. 5th]

p.3 A part of the cargo of the steamboat Missouri which arrived on Wednesday evening, was some three tons of copper, and silver washings, in charge of Mr. Alexander, from the Lake Superior mining regions.... [National Pilot, Buffalo]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 10, 1845