The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1846

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Disasters on Lake Erie.

The steamer Helen Strong is ashore four miles above Barcelona - a perfect wreck, and two lives lost. The steamer Madison is ashore eight miles still further up, high and dry, but not much damaged as far as known yet. The steamer Indian Queen, Capt. Staring, went ashore on the night of the 19th, about ten o'clock, just above the lower point in Dunkirk harbor. She was fully laden with goods for that port - several hundred dollars worth of which were thrown overboard after she struck, to enable her to near the shore. She now lies hard on upon a rock bottom, with a good deal of water in her, and the rest of the cargo must be more or less damaged.

The brig Osceola was blown ashore about four miles above the Helen Strong, opposite Quincy, and four of her hands were lost. The Captain and mate were just alive when the last accounts left; she struck about ten in the evening, and it was eight the following morning before assistance was obtained. The vessel is probably a wreck. A few rods above her, the schooner Cleveland also was driven ashore, and now lies high and dry, no water touching her. No lives lost, and the vessel not much damaged. Both the Cleveland and Osceola were without cargoes. The Helen Strong had an unusual cargo of dry goods, etc. The following vessels are reported ashore between Buffalo and Erie: Schooners Dayton, J.H. Lyon, United States, H.H. Sizes (sic - Sizer ?, Howard and Huron. A later arrival informs us that the steamers Madison, New Orleans and Niagara are safe at Erie. The Madison had a severe time of it, and lost one of her pipes.

Other vessels are mentioned as having gone ashore and sustained more or less damage.We shall probably hear of further disasters, - the storm being a most violent one. It appears that 16 dead bodies were washed ashore at Barcelona on Saturday. [Toronto Colonist]

A serious breach has taken place in the Welland Canal, by the overflow of the water between St. Catharines and Port Dalhousie. It is not likely that any more vessels will pass through the canal this season. [Toronto Colonist]

The Weather - Last night it blew a complete hurricane, with hard frost. Much damage, we fear, has been done to the vessels on the Lakes. The City of Toronto steamer, which left yesterday morning at 10 o'clock, was compelled to return, and arrived in Kingston this morning at 10 o'clock. We learn from those on board, that she anchored yesterday, three or four hours after leaving Kingston, in Prince Edward's Bay, about 30 miles from Kingston; and was there placed in great danger during the night. She parted with both anchors, the chain-cable of the one giving way, and a part of the other breaking.

A schooner is now lying off Pigeon Reef, and is a complete wreck, supposed to be either the Breeze or the Brock. Another schooner is lying off Nine-Mile-Point, name unknown. The Princess Royal did not arrive at Kingston this morning, not having left Toronto, most probably.

Her Majesty's steamer Mohawk is just getting up steam to render what assistance may be in her power.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1846