The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 16, 1833

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p.2 An adjourned meeting of the Stockholders of the Upper Canada Forwarding Company will be held at the Court House this evening at 6 o'clock.

p.3 Steam Boat Accidents - The Steamer Washington recently built at Huron on Lake Erie, was driven ashore a few days ago near Long Point, on the Canadian side, and totally lost. She cost from 75 to $80,000, and was owned by the "Huron Steam Boat Company."

The Britannia, we regret to say, sprung a leak last week, and while lying at McDonell's wharf, for the purpose of being hauled out of the water to undergo the necessary repairs, the leak gained so fast upon her on Saturday that she sunk. We are happy to add that this fine steamer is now nearly free from water, and will be on the ways in the course of the day.

On Saturday evening last, while the Kempt was lying at a wharf in Prescott, one of the passengers in walking along the wharf to go on board the Boat accidentally fell into the river. The cry of "a man overboard" was immediately raised, when Captain Gilderslieve ran to the edge of the wharf, and throwing off his cloak, threw the end of it to the struggling sufferer, who, seizing hold of it, was with some further assistance safely drawn out of the water. This is the third instance in which Capt. G. has been the means of rescuing his fellow creatures from a watery grave by similar means. On one occasion a passenger walked overboard in a state of somnolency and was unconscious of his perilous situation until recalled to reason by his immersion in the water - We may also mention an instance of the preservation of the lives of two individuals some time ago, by the same Boat, in the middle of the night. It appears that these men were in a small boat with a barrel of flour, and thinking it would be a more speedy and less laborious way of reaching their destination, to be towed up, they made for the Kempt, but having sacrificed too freely at the shrine of Bacchus, they mistook the bow for the stern, and had it not been for the good look out which is always kept on board the steamer at night, the two men must have perished. One of them however, clung to the bow while the other laid hold of his comrade's coat, and the frequent cry of the latter, who was continually bawling out "hold on Joe." brought sufficient assistance to their relief. The small boat passing under the wheel, was with the cargo, dashed to pieces.

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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 16, 1833