The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 4, 1849

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p.2 Melancholy Occurrence - On Thursday morning last, on the occasion of a sailing match between the yachts Sans Souci and Golden Arrow, a most unfortunate occurrence took place by which two lives were lost, viz. Mr. Walter Macnee of the firm of J. & W. Macnee, and Mr. Alexander McLeod. The deceased, together with another individual, were on board the Rough and Ready, which, with some six or eight other sailing boats, accompanied the competitors in the race. From the evidence given at the inquest held on the body of Mr. Macnee, it appears that the Rough and Ready was bearing westward when the island steam-ferry Sylph came across the bows of the ill-fated boat, which in endeavoring to round to to escape a collision, she unfortunately struck close to the steamer's stern and immediately fell over and filled, and disappeared within two or three minutes afterwards, leaving the three persons mentioned struggling on the surface of the water. The sail-boat which was nearest the unfortunate one, on discovering the accident, immediately bore down to their assistance, but only in time to save one of the parties: Messrs. Macnee and McLeod had just before given over their struggles and sank in ten fathoms water. The deceased was highly respected in Kingston, where they were well known, and their untimely end has cast quite a gloom over the city. The jury have come to a verdict of "Accidentally drowned."

The body of Mr. McLeod has not yet been recovered.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 4, 1849