The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1846

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p.3 Accidents on the Lake - Capt. Lucas, of the schooner John Miller, informs us that they encountered a very severe gale, on Lake Ontario, on the night of Tuesday last, and had to put in for safety, about half-past nine o'clock, on the south shore of the lake. The John Miller is now aground, about five miles below the mouth of the Niagara river. She is laden with wheat, shipped by Mr. John Macfarlane, on Montreal account. - The cargo is considerably damaged, and the schr. is supposed to be greatly injured. The John Miller is the property of Captain Lucas. The Captain repaired at once to Youngston, the nearest port of entry, to protest against wind and weather, but to his astonishment, he could find no one there competent to take his protest, and he on that account came to Toronto, where the necessary documents were executed before a notary public. The schooner was not insured; but the cargo was insured at Montreal. Captain Lucas has been traversing Lake Ontario for the last seven years, and during his experience he has never encountered so severe a storm as that on Tuesday night last. We apprehend that other vessels on the lake must have suffered. The George Waterbury, of Oakville, was in company with the John Miller about four o'clock of the afternoon, but Captain Lucas can give no account of what has become of her. She was laden with wheat. She is a small schooner, and great fears are entertained for her safety. Captain Lucas reports another schooner (name not known to him) ashore at Port Dalhousie, with 8,000 bush. of wheat on board. The brig Liverpool, belonging to Cook & Calvin, of Garden Island, dragged anchor ashore at Port Dalhousie, but was got off on Wednesday, as Captain Lucas understood, without sustaining any damage. Her cargo was probably timber, as she is usually engaged in that trade. [Colonist]

Steam Boat Explosion - The Royal Mail Steamer Lord Sydenham, which plies between this port and Quebec, came into port yesterday afternoon in a disabled condition, one of her boilers having exploded about one o'clock, A.M. opposite Nicholet. The accident is said to have occurred under the following circumstances. It became necessary to make fast some ironwork attached to the lower part of the chimney; for this purpose the larboard engine was stopped and about three minutes had been occupied in making the requisite repair, when the safety valve commenced to let off the steam that had generated in the boiler whilst the engine was not in action. At this moment the boiler exploded, shattering the woodwork adjacent, and breaking down the conducting steam pipe between the boiler and the engine. An immense volume of steam immediately rushed over the decks, scalding more or less seriously all that were exposed to it; and we regret to hear that ten persons have been so seriously injured as to render their recovery uncertain. The Lord Sydenham is so much injured as to render it doubtful whether she can be put in working order before the close of the present season of navigation. One of the passengers gave us the following particulars: Before retiring to their berths some of the cabin passengers expressed their opinion that a heavy head of steam was kept on apparently for the purpose of out-running the opposition boat. About one o'clock the passengers were awoke by a shock which at first was supposed to be caused by a collision with another vessel.

Several of the passengers rushed to the cabin stairs without waiting to dress; but were driven back by a dense column of rushing steam. They then attempted to make their way through the sky-lights, in which attempt some received slight injuries on the hands from the broken panes. As soon as the cabin passengers had reached the upper deck, it was apparent that several persons were dreadfully scalded. All hands were set to work to look after the condition of the boat, and to attend to the wounded.

Every thing was done by the Captain and crew which their circumstances permitted for the unfortunate sufferers, and they were finally transferred to the Rowland Hill, to convey to this city. Five were so dangerously scalded that it became necessary to land them at Sorel; and a report was current last night that one of those, a fireman on board the Sydenham, expired a few hours after he had been put ashore. One of the mates had his left shoulder dislocated; but by the timely assistance of some of the passengers, the dislocation was reduced almost immediately after the accident. [Pilot]

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 20, 1846