The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1848

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p.2 Steamboat Disaster - The steamer Empire, owned by Capt. Jacob Bonter, and sailed by his son, on coming into port this morning from Belleville, heavily laden with Flour and Potash, and several passengers, was careened over by the wind on nearing Garratt's Wharf, and almost instantly filled and sunk in twelve feet water.

The passengers had barely time to escape with their lives. After it was supposed that all had reached the wharf, a noise was heard under the upper deck, and on its being cut through, an aged man and woman were rescued from their perilous situation.

The hull and lading of the steamer are all under water.

The wind was blowing a gale at the time of the disaster. [Argus, yesterday]

Steamer Dawn - There appears reason to believe that the hull of this fine steamer will be wholly lost. The owners are engaged in getting out the machinery.

Steamer Dawn - We regret that we have to record the loss of the Steamer Dawn. It seems that at about 4 o'clock A.M. yesterday, this steamer left Lachine to descend the Rapids, but sheunfortunately entered the channel at the same time that several rafts were taking their descent. To avoid these became absolutely necessary. The steamer was put about and made to stem the current, but in doing so must have been turned out of the regular channel, for on putting her about again to resume her course, she struck heavily upon a rock, which, however, she passed, but she almost instantly afterwards struck upon a second with so much force that she literally was lifted up on it. The Captain immediately attempted to lighten the vessel by throwing overboard the whole of his deck load, consisting of 400 barrels of flour; the greater part of this has, we believe, been recovered, although, of course, much damaged. The passengers, of whom there were a good many steerage, but no cabin, on board, are in no danger; twelve were landed yesterday afternoon by some wretches, commonly called the "forty thieves," who have been known to infest the Islands about these Rapids for some years; these vagabonds being well aware that the passengers could not be landed for some time without their assistance had the audacity to charge each of the twelve who left the steamer four dollars; the rest of the passengers refused to pay any such demand, preferring, as they were in no danger, to wait, and they were, no doubt, taken off last evening.

The Dawn had on board 2000 barrels of flour, belonging to different firms in town, the whole of which we understand was fully insured; the boat also for £3500 which is, however,far from being her real value. Since the annexed letter, from the Captain of the Dawn, was handed to us, we hear that his apprehensions have been borne out by the event, a large raft having come in contact with the unfortunate steamer and carried off a large portion of her bulwarks. The Dawn was built at Brockville, and was owned by our enterprising Forwarding Company, Messrs. H. Jones & Co. [Montreal Courier]

p.3 Grafton - An arrangement has been made by which the steamer Magnet calls at this port once a week, on her downward trip, and the America three times.

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1848