The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 27, 1850

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p.2 Reciprocity - Free Navigation of the St. Lawrence [N.Y. Journal of Com.]

The Schooner New Brunswick, Frontier, Master, owned by Thomas M. Merrit, Esq., arrived in the Canal yesterday afternoon, with 3520 barrels of flour, exceeding by 504 barrels any vessel yet reported. She was drawing 8 feet 6 inches water. [Pilot]

To Owners of Schooners - The Subscribers wish to charter a Schooner of about 250 to 300 Tons Burthen. Apply to Fowle, Smith & Co., 11 Wellington St., Toronto 25th June, 1850.

Singular Accident - canal boat floats down to edge of Niagara Falls and goes aground. [Patriot]


Buffalo, June 18th.

The number of passengers on board the Griffith when she took fire, is thus stated:-

Steerage 256

Cabin 45

Crew 25

Total 326

Not a female or child was saved, except the barber's wife.

Fifteen were counted on board before the alarm was given.

The number of those saved on the beach was only 40.

No books were saved. A list, therefore, of the names of passengers cannot be given. These we must catch as we can.

The accident has been attended with a fearful loss of life as any we have ever had, and every means should be taken, to ascertain the cause of the disaster, and the names of those who perished.

The steamer Troy, which arrived this morning, furnishes the following additional particulars, with the names of some of the victims:-

Capt. Roby, wife and daughter, Michael Juno, 3rd engineer, Mr. Mann, wheelsman, Mr. Traley, first porter, Messrs. Tillum and Paulding, saloon keepers, the wife and child of Wm. Tinkeon, R.S. Parks of Beaver Pa., C. Leonard, porter, D. Weaver, waiter, Mrs. Wilkinson, and daughters of J. Champion.

There were about 250 lives lost, 150 of whom were lying on the beach, near the scene of the disaster when the Troy left.

The number known to be saved is about 40; among whom are Mr. Stebbins, the 1st engineer, the Clerk Mr. Tinkcum, and Franklin Heath.

The Troy has nine of the dead bodies on board.

The flags of the shipping in this port were at half-mast yesterday afternoon, as a token of sorrow at this sad disaster.

The boat was insured in this city for $27,775 as follows:- in the Astor Co. N.Y. $6000; North Western $6000; Buffalo Mutual $6000; Buffalo Merchant's Mutual $5000; Lexington Company $2500; Columbia Company $2275.

Port of Kingston.

June 25th - Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

June 26th - Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

ads for steamers Bay State, Princess Royal, and Beaver. June 27th, 1850.


The Steamer COMET, Wm. F. Taylor, Commander, will leave Browne's Wharf for Montreal Thursday forenoon, touching at all the intermediate ports. June 26th.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 27, 1850