The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1848

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Passenger Steamers

Through from Montreal to Bytown in Daylight.

On and after Monday Next, the Passage Boats in this Line will run Daily (Sundays excepted).

The new and splendid Steamer


will leave Bytown at 6 a.m. Passengers will reach Lachine in time for an Evening Train, and probably arrive at Montreal in time to take the Steamer for Quebec.

The Oldfield

will leave Lachine immediately after the arrival of the 6 a.m. Train from Montreal, and Passengers will arrive at Bytown about 8 P.M.

May 8th.


Gale on Lake Erie.

Buffalo, 1st November

It commenced blowing at about one o'clock yesterday morning, from the south west, and continued without much abatement all day yesterday. We have not seen old Erie lashed into such a rage for many a day. Quite a fleet of vessels, and the steamer Bunker Hill, which left this port on Monday morning, encountered the gale and were driven back. There were also quite a number of vessels heavily laden, bound down, that arrived yesterday. In attempting to make the port the brig Amazon, with a cargo of flour and corn, went on the bar, below the north pier, and the sea broke over her all day. The schooner Marion, from Toledo, with a cargo of flour and corn, struck a sunken anchor inside the pier, which pierced her bottom, and she sunk. Most of the vessels that came in in the afternoon were more or less damaged by coming in contact with each another. The schr. Cramer is minus her foreyard, and other parts of her rigging injured and her sides stove in several places. The Buena Vista carried away her main fore-boom, fore-gaft and foreyard davits, and considerable other damage. The J. Patten (Hatten ?) ran foul of the schooner Wabash and carried away a davit and done some other slight damage. The schooner St. Mary's came in contact with the Mark H. Sibley, and carried away a davit, and done some damage to the former vessel.

Force of the Gale - We are informed by masters of vessels, who were out during the gale, that it was one of the most severe that they have ever experienced upon the Lakes. We fear that we may yet learn of disasters to our shipping more extensive than we had apprehended. At South Manitou, schooner Welland dismasted. [Buffalo Express]

A Gale - Last night the wind rose, and blew strongly from the west, and we fear that damage has been done to the shipping. This morning Lake Erie presented a most beautiful appearance - beautifully mingled with sublimity, in contemplation of the resistless power of the elements. There was the bluish green of the water, relieved by the foaming white of the waves, and the dark shadows of the "thick and murky clouds" which hung at intervals over it presenting a scene of magnificence of the kind only to be found in the autumnal storms upon our western lakes. And as vessel after vessel came down with the speed of a racehorse, we could fancy that the heart of a mariner beat gratefully as they passed the pier and were moored safely within.

[Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, Oct. 31st]

The gale continued throughout the day yesterday, and at dark last evening manifested no signs of abatement. We have not heard of any serious disasters as yet. The schooner Gazette came in just at dusk last evening, from Cleveland. During the gale she had her fore-boom and jaws of her fore-gaft carried away. [Buffalo Express Nov. 2nd]

A Wreck and Loss of Life - The schooner Ellen, of Hamilton, Capt. George Law, left this port on the night of the 28th ultimo, to take in a load of Fish from the Lake shore above Wellington. On Tuesday morning the wind commenced blowing from S.E. when she attempted to beat off shore; about 4 P.M. the wind veered around to the West, blowing a gale, in which the vessel was probably blown on her beam ends. On Wednesday morning the hull drifted ashore near Wellington, a complete wreck. There were 9 souls on board; 6 besides the Captain, belonging to the vessel, and 2 men from the shore named McDonald and Hughes, who were assisting the crew to load. All perished. The Ellen belonged to Messrs. E. Browne & Co., and was insured.

The Bay of Quinte Steamer Queen Victoria received some trifling injury last week and has been taken up to Fisher's Railway, at Portsmouth, to be repaired. She will be on her route again in a day or two.

Celebration at Brantford.

On Tuesday next the authorities of the town of Brantford in the Gore District, aided by the inhabitants of the town and surrounding country and guests from a distance, are to celebrate the event of the completion and opening to the public use of the Grand River Canal Navigation to Brantford. This important improvement affords that part of the country direct communication by water with Lake Erie, and through the Welland Canal, with Lake Ontario and the ocean. The event is well worthy of the rejoicings which are to take place at Brantford, to mark its occurrence; and we sincerely trust that the most sanguine expectations of all interested in regard to it, may be realized, in the advancement of trade and the solid improvement of the place. A public dinner is to be given in the evening, to which, we understand, His Worship the Mayor, of this City, is an invited guest. [Toronto paper]



TO BE SOLD to the highest bidder, on THURSDAY, the 9th inst., at Two o'clock, P.M., on the West Lake Beach, near Wellington, the Hull, Spars, Rigging and Jolly Boat of the Schooner ELLEN, of Hamilton; burthen, per Register, 90 Tons, now stranded on the Beach.

For further particulars, enquire of E. Browne & Co., Kingston, or Thomas Worthington, Collector of Customs, Wellington.

Terms - Cash.

Kingston, Nov. 6, 1848.

(missing issues until Dec. 15th)

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1848