BURNING OF THE STEAMER GRIFFITH.
Mr. F. Heath of New York, who escaped from this burning wreck, lost his wife and four children. His struggles to save them and himself was so great, that the blood gushed from his nostrils at every effort - one of the survivors says:-
Those who were saved, state that it became necessary, to escape from being burned that to leave the boat (sic), within some eight minutes after the first alarm was given; that 15 to 20 females were seen to plunge at the same moment into the water and seizing hold of each other sank to rise no more.
The men were no less panic stricken, for they jumped into the water and sank to the bottom in compact masses.
Mr. Heath states that he reached the shore after a great effort, so great that every struggle he made, blood would gush from his nostrils.
He was entirely exhausted, and had to remain some half an hour before he could return to the wreck, to search for his wife and children whom he had one by one helped from into the water (sic), rather than see them perish by fire.
He got a boat and assistance, and returned - when he approached the wreck so clear and placid was the water that he could see the bodies on the bottom so dinstinctly as on the surface. He could distinguish his wife by her dress, and his children also. He took them ashore and had them put on board the Troy and brought to this city.
The hull of the boat laid in seven feet of water, and around the wreck could be seen at the bottom, lying in groups numbers of bodies clinched with a tight and deathlike grasp of each other.
Speed of the Northerner - Various stories have been in circulation recently, concerning the speed of the new lake boat. They are all untrue. The following official statement of the running time of the trip of the Northerner from Oswego to Ogdensburgh, Friday, June 14th, may be relied on as authentic. It averages just 20 miles an hour, a speed almost unprecedented.
From Oswego to S. Harbor 45 miles, 2 h 45 m.
S. Harbor to Kingston 42 miles, 2 h 5 m.
Kingston to French Creek 23 miles, 1 h. 6 m.
French Creek to Alexandria 12 miles, 38 m.
Alexandria to Brockville 26 miles, 1 h. 12 m.
Brockville to Ogdensburgh 12 miles, 36 m.
Number of Miles 160 Hours - 8 h. 24 m.
June 23rd - Schr. Sophia, Stoney Creek, 6000 pipe staves and 4000 West India staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.
Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.
Schr. Wave, Sackett's Harbor, in ballast and passengers and baggage.
Str. Bay State, Lewiston, gen. cargo.
June 24th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.
Str. Meteor, Whitehall, 71,475 pounds roofing slate, Macpherson & Crane.
Barge Thom, Montreal, gen. cargo.
June 24th - Schr. Lord Durham, Whitby, 30,000 staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.
Schr. Perry, Whitby, 890 bbls. flour, D. McIntosh.
Schr. Conductor, Pigeon Bay, 13,570 West India staves and 1000 pipe staves, not mentioned.
Schr. Princess Victoria, Fair Port, 14,014 pipe staves and 8375 West India staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.
Schr. Koshinsho ?, Cleveland, 8392 bush. corn, 9 barrels ground clay, Macpherson & Crane.
Barge Contin, Montreal, 950 bars railroad iron, H. & S. Jones.
Almost an Accident - steamer Ontario runs down a skiff off Point Frederick, man saved.
p.3 ads for steamers Northerner, Prince Albert, Canada. June 25th, 1850.