The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1849

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The Opposition on Lake Ontario.

The strife between the old and new lines on the Lake, appears to gather strength daily, and from all appearances, it is likely to continue throughout the season. On Thursday evening the fare from Kingston to Hamilton was placed by the old line at 1s. 3d. (exclusive of meals) and 7 1/2 deck, whilst the new line carried cabin passengers through for $2 1/2 meals included, or precisely half the rates of the last season. The new line being now complete, and all crack boats, the public will assuredly be well served, even should the proprietors lose money by the operation.

The writer was fortunate enough to take passage in the New Era, on her first trip from Kingston to this port, on Thursday, and had abundant opportunities of testing her qualities as a fast sailor, and a capital vessel in every respect. Notwithstanding the unfavourable weather which prevailed, almost throughout the night - rain, lightning, wind, and consequently something of a sea - the trip from Kingston to Hamilton was made in less than 13 hours, and the rival steamer - the Sovereign - was beaten fully three hours. This fact speaks a whole volume in favor of the New Era; indeed, renders it unnecessary for us to say an additional word as to her sailing qualities. Her model is certainly the most beautiful that we have seen upon the water, and her machinery is not a whit inferior, as the short time taken in running from port to port bears practical evidence. Her accommodations are at least equal to anything to be met with on the North side of Lake Ontario, a commodious range of State Rooms occupying the greater portion of the promenade deck. The furniture is of course, like the vessel, entirely new.

The New Era is under the command of Capt. Maxwell, long and favorably known to all the travellers on the St. Lawrenced and Bay of Quinte, and we can say with perfect safety, from long acquaintance, that he will speedily make troops of friends on the lake, on which, by the way, he is now anything but a stranger.

The first trip of the New Era must have excelled the expectations of her warmest friends. Her suitability for the route was fully tested, and every person on board spoke in the highest terms of her steadiness and performance.

The opposition line from Hamilton to Kingston is now complete, and consists of the City of Toronto, the Magnet and the New Era, all splendid vessels, and destined, without doubt, to do a very large business. The only complaint that we have heard, is of the length of time which passengers are delayed in Toronto ere they reach their destination. There can be no necessity for remaining in the sister City for three to six hours, and those concerned will doubtless speedily see the propriety of running through with as little detention as possible.

The mail line are making vigorous efforts to retain as much as possible of the business, and it is more than probable that the increased travel consequent on low fares, will give both lines as much to do as they can accomplish. At all events, those who desire to move about, either on business, or in search of pleasure, have no excuse for staying at home, with complete lines and low fare from the head to the foot of the lake. [Hamilton Spectator]

The Albion, of and from Oswego, has been on shore, near Port Dalhousie, for some days; but owing to the indefatigable and skilful efforts of her Captain, aided by some Canadians, she has been got off, with but little damage. She was on a lee shore during the late gales, and all the Captain could do, was to make choice of a berth by running her on the sand. Had she gone on shore a short distance from the spot selected by the Captain, she must have been a total wreck. The owners are deeply indebted to the Captain, as also to those of our people who kindly exerted themselves to save the vessel. The Albion has proceeded through the Canal. [St. Catharines Journal]


Marine Disasters - Loss of Life.

Considerable anxiety has been felt in relation to the persons known to have been on board the schooner Outward Bound, which vessel it will be recollected was lost near the Manitou Islands, with all on board. The disaster was seen by persons on board the schooner Tempest, and the captain of the latter vessel reports that he saw the schooner Outward Bound on the 17th of April, near the Manitou Islands, with a signal of distress flying - ensign set - union down - and that he immediately stood toward her. It was blowing a very heavy gale of wind - snowing and weather extremely cold, and the vessels making ice very fast.

He approached near enough to distinguish the people on board, all of whom were gathered aft on the quarter, and counted them; ten in number, including the captain's wife. When he was within 30 rods of the ill-fated vessel she went down and all hands perished. She went down bodily, fore and aft, the last vestige he saw of her being the head of the jib. He saw no one on the surface of the waer after she sank. The probability is that the suction of the vessel drew them all down with her. The Outward Bound was commanded by Capt. Churchill. Last year he sailed the brig Olive Richmond. He was a good sailor, and much esteemed by all who knew him. His wife was on board and perished with him. The Outward Bound was a good vessel of 260 tons burthen, 3 years old this summer. She was owned by Richmond & Co., of Chicago, and her cargo consisted of 270 bbls pork, 30 do. beef, 940 do. flour, and 4200 bush. wheat. Both cargo and vessel were insured.

The Tempest split her sails and in consequence went ashore near the Sleeping Bear. 7000 bush. wheat were thrown overboard, when she floated, but another blow coming on before she could be got under way, she went ashore again, where she now lies, with 3000 bushels wheat in her, and at last advices was perfectly tight and the balance of the wheat dry. The Tempest is a good vessel, 230 tons burthen, not quite a year old, owned in Racine by Dutton and others, and will probably be got off.

Capt. Wilcox, of the schooner Poland, was knocked overboard from that vessel and drowned, on Lake Michigan, on her passage from Lake Michigan to this place. Capt. Wilcox belonged to Fairport, Ohio. The Poland came down to the flats in charge of the mate; while aground on the flats she was run into by the steamer Niagara, and her planks on her side bent in so that they will have to come out. This damage was temporarily repaired and she proceeded to Detroit, where she stopped for suitable repairs to enable her to proceed to her port of destination. [Buffalo Com. Advertiser of Monday]

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Argus (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1849