The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 19, 1845

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From Correspondence Detroit Advertiser

Steamer Kent Sunk - Several Lives Lost.

Dear Sirs, - At half past 3 A.M. this day below Point au Pelee on Lake Erie, the London steamer from Buffalo, and the Kent steamer on her downward passage, came in contact with a dreadful crash, and the result of the concussion was the loss of the latter boat, and, we grieve to add several lives.

I have no heart to dwell upon the scene which we witnessed. For some minutes we supposed we had broken the machinery of the London, and were going to the bottom; and were only relieved from the apprehension of a watery grave by the sight of the Kent, rapidly sinking, at our bows. Every effort was made to save her passengers, and all who were in sight were saved; several of those from the cabin being transferred to our boat without even their clothes. But sad to say a number were lost, being unable to gain the upper deck in time. Among these we reckon,

Mr. James E. Quaw, Redford, Michigan.

Mr. Chauncey Osborne, Genessee, N.Y.

Mr. Seth Doming, Berlin, Conn.

Master Homer Doming, Galena, W.T.

James Rowden, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Two young Ladies and a boy from Ypsilanti, names not known.

All the officers and hands of the boat and 79 passengers, including 10 children, were saved.

Without any formal proceedings on the subject, our passengers have endeavoured to ascertain the cause of this dreadful accident and we have no doubt it occurred in consequence of the man in the pilot of the Kent attempting to pass on the wrong side of the London, which brought her directly across her bow, and at this the Engineer of the London as soon as he saw the course of the Kent shut off his steam, but his boat had so much headway that the Kent was cut down in front of her wheel house. We remained five hours with the wreck gathering floating parcels of baggage, etc., and attempting to tow the hull ashore, but she gradually sunk by the head and we were compelled to perform the sad office of hoisting her flag half mast and leaving her to her fate.

The London is not at all injured. Our passengers have done something to relieve the necessities of the sufferers - the ladies dividing their wardrobes, and the gentlemen opening their purses. Yours, T.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 19, 1845