Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1859
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p.1 Propeller Blown Up - The American propeller Lady of the Lake, belonging to the Northern Transportation Company's New York & Erie Railroad Line, left Cleveland on Friday evening for Dunkirk, having on board 1600 bbls. of flour, 50 bbls. of highwines, 100 bbls. of pork, 300 bags of wheat, 100 tierces of hams, and sundry barrels of eggs, seed etc. On her way down the lakes a storm sprang up, and the propeller put into Fairport for wood and shelter during the blow. On Saturday afternoon, between one and two o'clock, she left Fairport and headed down the Lake. When about half a mile from the pier the boiler suddenly exploded, tearing out all the after part of the propeller and causing her to fill rapidly. After drifting some distance from the point of the accident, she sunk in about 17 feet of water. She had thirteen men in her crew, six of whom were blown into the air and fell into the water, of whom four were saved, partially hurt, and the other two were killed outright. Others were injured in various ways, and taken back to Cleveland and placed in the hospital.

The entrance at the eastern end of the harbor at Toronto, says the Leader, is every day becoming larger, whatever may be the final result of it. On Sunday evening last, says the Leader, the Morning Star, with a cargo of wood from Port Hope, drawing 7 feet of water, entered by the new cut without striking the ground. This is the first in-bound vessel that has come into the harbor by this entrance. Last year the Firefly, drawing but a few feet of water went aground in an endeavor to go out of the same opening.

New Steamer For the Grand Trunk - A contract is daily expected to be closed for building a steam ferry for the Grand Trunk Railway, to ply between Port Sarnia and Port Huron; it will be sufficiently large to carry an entire railway train at once. It will be of superior construction to any boat ever known in the West, will have all iron deck beams, copper fastenings, and everything else on a proportionate scale. The cost will be $150,000. It is not yet certainly known where the steamer will be built, but it will soon be commenced, and the contract, which is very stringent, binds the contractors to have it completed in four months. They will put 150 men at work as soon as the contract is closed, which will be by the end of the week at farthest.

City Council - first reading of bylaw to allow G.T.R. to come into harbor.

-trial of U.S. Marshall who killed Captain Jones of brig Concord - verdict of involuntary manslaughter.

p.4 Georgian Bay Canal - wanted by Toronto. [Colonist]

We learn from the Huron Signal that the steamer Islander made her first trip for the season on Wednesday to Kincardine and Southampton.

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1859