The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 2, 1844

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Awful Explosion on Board the Steamboat Gen. Vance - On the 25th inst., the steamboat Gen. Vance, Capt. Woodworth, burst her boiler at the wharf on the Canada side, and five persons, including Gen. Truax, are known to have lost their lives. The Vance was owned by Capt. Woodworth - Capt. W. was killed while in conversation with the engineer, who was severely, but not dangerously wounded. The Detroit Advertiser says that Mr. Motherwell, the engineer of the steam-ferry boat United, who had just stepped on board the Vance, was among the killed, as also a man named George Sweeny, of Canada West, formerly employed on board the British steamer Kent. Gen. Truax was wounded in the head by a fragment and died of his wounds. The two firemen were severely wounded. The engineer of the boat, who is represented as both a careful and able officer, was, at the time of the accident, in conversation with the Captain, remonstrating with him for not having given warning of his intention to stop at Windsor, and requesting him to make but a short stay as the steam was well up. Upon leaving the wharf at Detroit the steam was low, and at the time of the accident the safety valve was up. Gen. Truax died of his wound some short time after the explosion. The Vance had been fitted up with great taste and neatness, and she and her commander were highly popular.

[Buffalo Gazette, June 27th]

Accident - We learn that a scow upset on the 20th inst. off Point Pleasant, with four men and a boy on board. The men succeeded in gaining the keel of the scow, and were saved by a schooner, but the boy, C.F. Donnelly, brother to our District Superintendent of Education, unhappily was drowned. [Prince Edward Gazette, June 28th]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 2, 1844