The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 1, 1847

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p.2 Steamboat Accident and Loss of Life - The steamer Wave, belonging to the Messrs. Ives, left this port on Saturday, for Brewer's Mills, for the purpose of towing a raft. She was commanded by Hiram Ives, and had on board Mr. Robert Fisher, one of the owners of the raft, and a number of men. The Wave was a high-pressure boat. On Monday morning, while the steamer was engaged in towing, the boiler burst, carrying off the upper works of the boat, and causing the loss of several lives. Mr. Fisher fortunately escaped uninjured, and another person whose name we do not know. Mr. Ives was badly scalded. Dr. Stewart, the Coroner, has gone down to hold an inquest, and when that is concluded, we shall be put in possession of authentic particulars.

p.3 Opening of Rideau Canal - We are happy in being enabled to state that the works at Brewer's Mills are completed, and that the Rideau Canal was this morning opened to the forwarders. This is a matter of some importance to the public. The canal has been closed the most part of the summer and the forwarding business has been almost at a stand-still in consequence. The Steamer Prince Albert will take her place on the route immediately. She has been purchased by a New Company for £2000, and she is to run as a passenger boat in future. [Bytown Packet, 20th]

The Weather - ...The navigation is as a matter of course, nearly closed; nearly all the steamers and schooners having gone into winter quarters.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 1, 1847