The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1835

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p.1 Melancholy Accident - Four Lives Lost - On Saturday evening last four boats left Collins' Bay on a fishing expedition. In the darkness of the night, the boats parted company, and three of them put into Salmon Island, where they remained for the night. In the morning the fourth was missing containing Matthew Burnett, James Leakens, Joseph Silver, a boy of 16 years of age, and David Carr, a child of eight years of age. Yesterday morning the boat was found fast on a sand bank, full of water, with the body of Joseph Silver in it. It is conjectured that the boat had got into the swell which on Saturday night was running very high on the bar at Long Point, and had there swamped. Some fishermen on shore heard cries for help proceeding from the water for a considerable time; but in consequence of the heavy sea running on the beach, they could not, consistently with their own safety, afford any assistance. It is supposed that Silver had kept by the boat until he had perished from cold, the position of the body when found being such as would lead to the supposition that he had fallen back from his seat in the boat from exhaustion or cold. The others, it is supposed must have leaped from the boat when she filled, and thus escaped the prolonged sufferings of their companion. Their bodies have not yet been found. We are sorry to add, that Burnett has left a wife and two children to mourn his untimely fate. [Chronicle]

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1835