The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1848

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The Well-Known Propeller


400 Tons,

Capt. Duncan.

Will, during the Season of Navigation, 1848, ply between Amherstburgh and Montreal, touching at the intermediate British Ports on Lakes Erie, Ontario, and the River St. Lawrence, running through to Detroit in Michigan, when occasion may require.

This splendid Propeller was built and fitted out in 1846, expressly for the route, and has gained the highest reputation for speed and safety. Her punctuality, and capacity for freight, offer advantages to Merchants who wish to avoid transhipments and delay, not otherwise attainable; and her cabins afford to passengers, especially to Families going West, the most comfortable accommodation. For particulars, apply to

PARKE & Co., Agents, Amherstburgh.

HODGE & Co., Agents, Port Stanley.

WM. M. GORRIE, Agent, Toronto.


More of the Storm.

The Cleveland Safe.

from the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, Monday.

The Chicago Journal of the 20th inst. says: "We announce with heartfelt pleasure, that the propeller Cleveland, with all on board, is safe at Milwaukie. She weathered the storm nobly. She lost her bulwarks and deckload, and had her after cabin stove in. She came to anchor above Little Fort, and rode out the gale. After it was over she reached Milwaukie in safety. There were about 150 passengers on board, all of whom were saved.

The propeller Manhattan, ashore on the beach at Racine, is full of water. She loaded with 7,000 bushels wheat at this place, which will be a total loss. Her stern is stove in, and the small boat was forced into the ladies' cabin. It is supposed she may be gotten off and repaired. The vesse is insured for $12,000 - the cargo for $7,500.

The schooner Gallnipper, reported ashore yesterday, made the port of Milwaukie in safety. She had a cargo of wheat on board, and was near the Manitous when she encountered the gale. She reports a large vessel on her beam ends off Sheboygan.

The schooner Oneida, about which fears were entertained, yesterday, we learn, came to anchor at Twin Rivers and rode out the gale."

The steamers Sultana, Michigan and Superior are safe in Chicago, and were to leave on Friday for Buffalo.

The propellers St. Joseph and California are safe at Chicago.

The J.Y. Scammon, ashore 12 miles from Chicago, is a total loss with cargo. The cargo of the Scammon consisted of 6500 bushels of wheat, 200 bbls. flour, and 300 hides. At the time the gale sprang up she was loading outside the piers, and was compelled to slip from her anchorage, and run out into the lake. She was owned by C. Walker, Esq., and was insured for $6000.

There was an insurance on her cargo of $2500. The value of vessel and cargo was about $13,500. Assistance was promptly rendered from the city. A large number proceeded immediately to the scene of the disaster, taking with them a boat, lines, etc. It was not until about one o'clock in the morning, that those on shore succeeded in getting a line to the vessel, having become wet and chilled in their efforts. A boat was finally manned and succeeded in reaching her in safety, when all but 2 on board were rescued, being in a suffering condition, and all well nigh exhausted. It was supposed a greater part of them would have perished before the morning.

The two persons whose lives were lost on the J.Y. Scammon died from exposure. One was Chas. Walker, a nephew of Chas. Walker, merchant of Chicago, who owned the vessel - the other was a boy named Morris Lawrence, the cook on board.

The schooner Helena, with a cargo of lumber, is ashore about 18 miles north of Chicago.

The schooner M. Dousman, of Milwaukie, was also driven ashore a short distance below the South pier at Chicago, Tuesday evening. She had cleared from Milwaukie for Grand River, and was light. The Dousman attempted to make Chicago harbor, but struck the south pier, and immediately was driven on shore, where she now lies nearly out of water. She has suffered but little injury, aside from that by striking the pier, and will probably be gotten off without much difficulty.

The schooner Wm. Woodbridge, Capt. Napier, arrived at Chicago after buffeted the storm 30 hours. She was on her way down with a load of wheat and 100 bbls. pork, which were on deck. She had got down near the Manitous and was met by the blow about 8 o'clock on Monday night.

After six hours attempting to make head against the gale, during which time she lost her deck load, main jib, gangways, and part of her bulwarks, she squared away for Chicago. She scudded all day under bare poles, with two hawsers trailed out behind to retard her speed, notwithstanding which she made 10 miles an hour. Her wheat is in apparent good order.

The bark Utica made Chicago at 11 o'clock on Wednesday morning. She left the Manitous when the gale was at its height. The cabin was stove, and she was leaking badly when she arrived. Her small boat was carried away. Wheeler, the mate, was swept overboard and drowned.

The Utica cleared from Chicago on the 5th of April, with 2300 bush. wheat for St. Joseph, where she took on the balance of her cargo for Buffalo.

The Princeton left Chicago on Thursday night, for Buffalo.

p.3 We learn that the steamer Forester, which has been thoroughly fitted up, will commence her regular trips to Peterborough about the 1st of the month. This, to the merchants of Peterborough and the community at large, will be considered as pleasing intelligence.

The neat little steamer Pic Nic has been lately launched at Rice Lake. It is said that she runs beautifully, and will be a great inducement to strangers to visit the picturesque scenery for which this fine sheet of water is so proverbial. The Pic Nic will, we hear, confine her trips to the lake. [Port Hope Advertiser]

A Magnificent Sight - On Monday evening there was a magnificent sight presented in the bend of the river below this city. About sunset, an unusual large fleet of sail craft came up the river, and owing to the wind, were not able to turn the "point," and, consequently, were obliged to anchor in full view of the city. The fleet numbered over 60 vessels, and presented the most grand and imposing forest of masts that we ever beheld. It was with much difficulty that steamboats could pass among them. Fifty of the vessels came through the Welland Canal in one "gang," and a gentleman aboard of one of them, told us that, when they came into the Lake, they counted thirty other sail at no great distance, making a swarm of eighty vessels. Some fifty or sixty of this fleet have passed up for Chicago for loading. [Detroit Advertiser]

For Chicago


The Large & Commodious Steamer


Will leave Kingston on Saturday evening, May 6th, at 6 o'clock, touching at Sachett's Harbor, Oswego, Rochester, Cleveland, Detroit, Mackinaw, Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Racine, and Southport.

For Freight or Passage, Apply to


Kingston, May 5, 1848.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1848