The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1831

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p.2 Rideau Canal - discussed before a select committee of the House of Commons on Feb. 10th.

p.3 Steam Boats - The Niagara arrived from Prescott on Monday morning, and proceeded immediately to York. The Dalhousie also arrived on Monday evening, and returned to Prescott yesterday morning. At the same hour the Toronto left this harbour for the head of the Bay of Quintie. Several vessels have arrived from York and the head of the Lake, laden with wheat and Flour. The Alciope and Sir James Kempt are nearly ready to commence their annual trips.

Melancholy Occurrence - The Prescott of Toronto, (the largest schooner on the Lake,) commanded by Captain Ross, foundered last night on the bar, west or north west of the York Lighthouse, opposite the Garrison. There were twelve on board including passengers and sailors. Three of the passengers were drowned - and five are very badly frozen - the other four hands escaped with trifling injury. 4,500 bushels of wheat and a considerable quantity of flour, owned by Messrs. Geo. Munro and James F. Smith, Merchants in this Town, was lost. The names of the passengers drowned are not known.

The Captain had cleared for Prescott, but meeting with a heavy head wind, he ran under the point and anchored, waiting for a favourable breeze. Last evening at a late hour, the wind suddenly sprang up from the west, and blew almost a hurricane. Attempts were made to lift the anchors, and then to slip the cables, but in vain. The vessel dragged the anchors, and presently struck on the bar, and immediately filled with water.

Some of the hands saved their lives by climbing up into the rigging, others, by lashing themselves fast on deck. Their distress was discovered this morning from the Garrison, and they were relieved by Captain Richardson, with two small boats, belonging to the Canada Steamer. Two other small vessels, lying near the Prescott but further out in the lake, made out to get into the harbor. One of them, however, was driven aground in the Bay. The Schooner Prescott belongs to Mr. McPherson, forwarding merchant of Prescott. [Christian Guardian]

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1831