The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1849

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p.2 The Accident on the Canal - An accident attended with fatal results, occurred at the Cornwall canal on Monday evening last, between eight and nine o'clock. The first lock is usually left open, in readiness for vessels approaching from below. On Monday evening when the steamer British Queen was going up, and had already slackened speed to enter the lock, it was discovered, but too late (the night being dark), that the gates were shut, and the water not let out. The lock-keeper was standing on one of the gates, and his voice was heard, calling on the engineer to stop the vessel. It was impossible to do so in time to prevent a collision. The steamer struck violently against the gates and forced them open. The unfortunate lock-keeper was thrown into the water, which rushed out with immense force, carrying his body down the stream. The steamer sustained no damage, but the canal has been closed for two or three days that the injury done to the gates of the lock might be repaired. The canal is reopened, we believe, today. The body of the lock-keeper has not yet been found. We are informed that he was a man of excellent character, and much respected. [Pilot]

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1849