The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 15, 1851

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Late last night, after the Council had risen, the City was thrown into paroxysms of grief by the tidings that nineteen of its young and blooming citizens had met with a watery grave. It would appear that Mr. Jenkins, Sail Maker and Ship Chandler of Kingston, had made a party of pleasure down the river in his new sailing boat, built for the approaching Regatta, the guests thirty-five in number, and on their return home, when a mile or two below Long Island, the sailing boat was capsized, and melancholy to relate, nineteen out of the thirty-four were drowned. The Niagara brought up the news and four of the bodies, but as it is late when we write, we are inaccurately furnished with the particulars. An Inquest will be held this morning at ten o'clock, before Dr. Barker, one of the City Coroners, when the true facts of the fearful accident will be known. The following are the names of the parties, who are said to have perished, most of them we regret to say, of the other sex.


Miss Stacey, Mrs. Jenkins,

Mrs. Yolden, Miss Jenkins,

Miss Yolden, Mrs. Gaskin,

Young do., Mary Anne Proby,

Miss Mason, Edward Proby,

the 2 Misses Haight, Mr. H.A. Mills,

Mrs. Geo. Hunter, Miss Mills,

Miss A. Hunter, Mr. Thorne,

Thomas Grist, Miss Walker,

Nineteen in all.


D.B. Jenkins, Wm. Leckie,

James Wilson, Edward Haight,

Thos. Haight, H.O. Hitchcock,

David McCallum, Wm. Jenkins,

Charles McKenzie, Charles Mills,

Alex. Phillips, Geo. Hunter,

Jack O'Shay, and a colored boy, Henry Johnson - Sixteen.


13th - Str. Bay State, Oswego, mixed cargo.

14th - Schr. Samson, Port Sarnia, 14,500 West India and pipe staves, 13 bbls. pot ashes, owner.

Schr. Perry, Whitby, 119 bbls. flour, James and Oliver; 13 1/2 tons bran, R. Carson.

Str. Northerner, Oswego, mixed cargo.


12th - Schr. Napolean, Oswego, 68,899 feet sawed lumber.

13th - Str. Ontario, Lewiston.

Schr. May Flower, Cleveland, 1116 bars railroad iron.

Schr. Charles Cook, do., 952 bars railroad iron.

14th - Str. Bay State, Lewiston.

Schr. Gazette, Cleveland, 761 bars railroad iron.

Schr. Elizabeth Goler, Oswego, 68,000 feet sawed lumber.

Schr. Niagara, Chicago, 5111 bush. coarse salt.

Schr. Triton, Oswego, 15,000 feet sawed lumber.

Propeller Adventure, Oswego, 65,000 feet sawed lumber.

Schr. Globe, Genesee, 25 cords hoop lumber.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 15, 1851