The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 30, 1851

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p.2 The appalling spectacle presented at the City Hall yesterday, was one which we hope to never witness again - a scene eminently calculated to impress on the mind of every beholder the uncertainty of human expectations, and the frailty of the tenure which separates life from death. Five strong men, in the full prime of life but a few hours since, lay there side by side, ghastly, mangled, blackened corpses, while distracted weeping friends could scarcely recognize the faces of their dearest relatives. What a swift-winged messenger of sorrow has this calamity been to the homes that can know the lost and loved no more! The news of this dreadful catastrophe has pierced many a noble heart with anguish, and made desolate the hearth of happy honest (sic). Will kind heaven dry their tears, and support them in this time of their affliction. Fortunately there were no passengers on board the Comet at the time of the explosion, and what was still more fortunate, was the occurrence of the catastrophe so near the dock. Had it occurred a short distance out upon the lake, every soul of them must have perished, as the boat immediately sunk. The entire centre of the boat, deck floor, saloon, wheel-house, machinery and smoke pipes, were carried away, and torn into a thousand fragments. Such was the force of the explosion, that heavy timbers were twisted and broken like reeds, and the roof of the saloon carried away as if it had been a shingle. The boat is a total wreck and filled with water up to her guards. We are informed by the gentlemanly commander of the ill-fated steamer, that the Marine Inspectors had recently examined the boilers of the Comet, and awarded a certificate of their soundness and perfection; and also that the Engineer was one of the most competent, trust-worthy and experienced officers on the lake. A large number of the friends of the deceased arrived here by the Cataract yesterday, and will return with the remains of their friends today. The flags of the shipping in port are at half-mast, and a general gloom pervades the city. Every necessary aid has been extended by the City authorities, and every possible relief in the power of our citizens, has been afforded the unfortunate sufferers. [Oswego Journal]


April 28th - Str. Northerner, Oswego, mixed cargo.

29th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Schr. Miranda, Cleveland, 50 boxes candles, J. Carruthers; 500 bbls. mess pork, W. Bowen; 130 bbls. flour, 375 bbls. pork, 500 bbls. mess pork, W. Bowen; 130 bbls. flour, 375 bbls. pork, 500 bbls. corn meal, 31 bbls. tallow, 399 mess pork, Hooker & Holton.


April 28th - Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

29th - Str. Bay State, Lewiston, 10 cows, 4 horses.

City Council - Mr. Ford and Mr. McKenzie severally moved votes of thanks to the Civic Authorities of Oswego, and to Capt. Childs and the other Captains of the American Lake Boats, for thier conduct in the recent melancholy desctruction of the steamer Comet. As these votes of thanks were ordered to be published in the City papers, there is no need to repeat them here.


The undersigned having disposed of their interest in the Wharfingering, Forwarding and Commission business in this place on the 1st inst., beg to recommend their successor Mr. W. Ware to the favorable patronage of their friends.


Kingston, April 28th, 1851.

p.3 ads for steamers Princess Royal, Prince of Wales, Lord Elgin. April 30th, 1851.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 30, 1851