The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1846

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Accidents on the Lake.

Capt. Lucas, of the schooner John Miller, informs us that they encountered a very severe gale, on Lake Ontario, on the night of Tuesday last, and had to put in for safety, about half-past nine o'clock, on the south shore of the lake. The John Miller is now aground, about five miles below the mouth of the Niagara river. She is laden with wheat, shipped by Mr. John Macfarlane, on Montreal account. - The cargo is considerably damaged, and the schr. is supposed to be greatly injured. The John Miller is the property of Captain Lucas. The Captain repaired at once to Youngston, the nearest port of entry, to protest against wind and weather, but to his astonishment, he could find no one there competent to take his protest, and he on that account came to Toronto, where the necessary documents were executed before a notary public. The schooner was not insured; but the cargo was insured at Montreal. Captain Lucas has been traversing Lake Ontario for the last seven years, and during his experience he has never encountered so severe a storm as that on Tuesday night last. We apprehend that other vessels on the lake must have suffered. The George Waterbury, of Oakville, was in company with the John Miller about four o'clock of the afternoon, but Captain Lucas can give no account of what has become of her. She was laden with wheat. She is a small schooner, and great fears are entertained for her safety. Captain Lucas reports another schooner (name not known to him) ashore at Port Dalhousie, with 8,000 bush. of wheat on board. The brig Liverpool, belonging to Cook & Calvin, of Garden Island, dragged anchor ashore at Port Dalhousie, but was got off on Wednesday, as Captain Lucas understood, without sustaining any damage. Her cargo was probably timber, as she is usually engaged in that trade. [Colonist]

Drowned - Mr. George Davy, son of Mr. John Davy, Tavern-keeper, Fredericksburgh, was drowned on last Friday morning. It appears that the deceased had on that day been taking up some salmon nets in company with two others, McGinn and Nugent. They had on board fifty salmon, and were proceeding homewards, when the boat was swamped. McGinn and Nugent were saved by holding on to the boat. The body of the deceased floated in to the shore on the succeeding day. He was a young man; we understand, much respected by his acquaintances.


To the Editor of the Argus.

Sir, - Through the medium of your journal I wish to call public attention to certain facts connected with the navigation of Lake Ontario, which do not redound much to the credit of some parties.

In the violent storm which raged on Tuesday last, it was our misfortune to carry away both our fore and main masts, in consequence of which we kept drifting about till the Thursday evening following; during which time the Schooner Edith, Captain McBroom, lay for eight hours becalmed within five miles of us, and although we had the signal of distress flying, he made no attempt to render us any assistance, but left us in a position, the dangers of which he, as an old Captain, must have well known.

A gentleman in Kingston connected with the carrying trade, having waited on the Captains of the Princess Royal and Admiral steamers, requested them to go out and tow us into port, but both refused, although the price asked for this service was guaranteed. Captain Day, of the Steamer William IV, made two attempts to come to our assistance; but being a very old boat, scarcely seaworthy, she was prevented by the storm, and obliged to turn back.

While we were drifting about, an American Schooner bound for Sacketts Harbor, passed us, but being unable to render any assistance, the Captain, with the true feeling of a Sailor, changed his course and made Oswego, in order to send some vessel to our aid. Captain Mather, of the United States Cutter Jefferson, at once secured volunteers and put off; being short of hands, he could not tow us into Kingston, but took us into Oswego; and although he was put to no little expense, he absolutely refused to receive any remuneration. It needs no remark of mine to do credit to this noble conduct; - it speaks for itself, and contrasts with that of others.

Hoping the detail of these events may have the effect of exciting a better and more generous feeling for those in distress,

I remain, Sir,

Your obt. servant,

J. Young, Master of Barque Grampus.


Port of Kingston - Arrived.

Oct 15th - Schr. Edith, St. Catharines, 910 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker; 100 do., Hooker & Henderson;

400 do., Quebec Forwarding Co.

Schr. Ottawa, St. Catharines, 940 do., Jones & Walker.

Schr. Oddfellow, Whitby, 443 do., H. & S. Jones.

16th - Schr. Isabella, Presque Isle, 147 bbls. flour, 2690 bush. wheat, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Thames, Hamilton, 1193 do., Jones & Walker; 41 do., D. Prentiss.

Schr. Albion, Windsor, 65 bbls. ashes, 728 bush. wheat, 162 bbls. flour, McQuaig & Co.

Schr. Hectorine, Port Credit, 2130 bush. wheat, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Hannah, Cobourg, 350 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Co.; 250 do., H. & S. Jones.

Schr. A. Gage, Darlington, 350 do., 970 bush. wheat, Jones & Walker.

Propeller London, Toronto, 680 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson; 172 do., Jones & Walker.

Schr. Britannia, Darlington, 307 do., Jones & Walker; 2254 bush. wheat, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. G.S. Waterbury, Bronte, 1464 do., 8 bbls. ashes, 14 kegs butter, McPherson & Crane.

17th - Schr. Sovereign, Toronto, 108 bbls. flour, 99 kegs butter, H. & S. Jones; 12 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Co.; 262 bbls. flour, D. Prentiss; 333 do., Hooker & Henderson; 782 do., Jones & Walker.

17th - Schr. Emerald, Oakville, 2031 bushels wheat, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Lord Seaton, Nanticook, 85 pcs. oak, Calvin, Cook & Co.

19th - Schr. Lord Nelson, Toronto, 2700 bush. wheat, 56 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Amherstburgh, Port Sarnia, 9246 staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.; 8 bbls. ashes, Hooker & Henderson.

Schr. Princess Victoria, Toronto, 5745 bush. wheat, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Jesse Woods, Port Credit, 3882 bush. wheat, 20 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Elizabeth, Toronto, 5000 bush. wheat, 103 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Ardelia, Toronto, 2649 bush. wheat, McPherson & Crane; 51 bush. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Queen Victoria, Hamilton, 98 pcs. oak, Calvin, Cook & Co.


By the Canadian Shore.

The Magnificent New Steam Propeller


will leave this Port tomorrow, Wednesday the 21st October, for Amherstburgh and Detroit, calling at Toronto and Port Stanley.

For Freight or Passage, having superior accommodations for Cabin or Deck Passengers, apply to the Captain on board or to


Kingston, 20th Oct., 1846.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1846