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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1851

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p.2 The Funerals Today - details of arrangements for victims of yachting tragedy.

The Late Melancholy Accident.

Yesterday morning early, Mr. Gildersleeve kindly sent down the steamer Prince of Wales to the foot of Long Island, where the sad accident occurred, for the purpose of assisting in the recovery of the bodies. About three o'clock in the afternoon the steamer returned, with eight bodies on board, leaving seven bodies still to be reclaimed from the deep waters. The following are the names, viz.: Mr. H.A. Mills, Mrs. Gaskin, Mrs. Yolden (wife of Capt. Yolden of the bark Ontario,) and young Yolden; the two Misses Haight, Mrs. Jenkins, and Miss Mason (from Toronto.) They were all carried to their late homes, through a dense crowd of sympathisers.

The City Authorities having considered it for the better, that a judicial enquiry should be made into the cause of the accident, Dr. Barker issued his precept for the summonsing of a Coroner's Jury, which met at the City Hall, at 10 o'clock yesterday, and having viewed the bodies of two of the sufferers, (Miss Mary Yolden and Master Edward Proby) some evidence was taken, and the Inquest was adjourned until Monday morning next, at nine o'clock, at the same place. It will not be necessary to hold any other Inquest, and the bodies may be interred as soon as found. The evidence will be published when the Jury have given in their verdict.


While the steamboats between New York and other places on the North River, on Long Island Sound, and the neighboring States, are attracting much attention, from time to time, the steamboats on Lake Ontario seem to demand some recognition of their merits. There is a joint stock enterprise, called the Ontario and St. Lawrence Steamboat Company, which has a line of steamers plying between Lewiston, near Niagara Falls, and Montreal. There are ten boats in the whole, and a new one is now on the stocks at French Bay, as we have been informed. Three of the boats which run between Lewiston and Ogdensburgh, touch at Rochester, Oswego, Sacketts Harbor, Kingston and intermediate pors on the St. Lawrence, making the accommodation to those who are on their summer travels very acceptable, and giving them an opportunity of seeing the thousand islands of the St. Lawrence River by day light - one of the most enchanting scenes in North America. These three boats are the Northerner, the Ontario and the Bay State. The latter is a specimen of the whole, as we have been informed; and it is due to the enterprise of the company to say that a more clean, comfortable and elegant boat seldom floats on American waters. Besides these boats the company run an express line direct between Montreal and Lewiston. The Cataract and Niagara are two of the boats engaged in this part of the enterprise, and they are well supported by the public. Though the company have only the summer months in which to reap a harvest, yet they declared a dividend of 20 per cent on their capital stock last season, and promise even to be better rewarded during the present one. The opening of the Erie Railroad to Dunkirk turns much of the travel towards this point; tourists pass over to Buffalo, thence to Niagara Falls and Lewiston, and thence coast along the shores of Lake Ontario to the beautiful scenes of the St. Lawrence. From this point the descent by Lake Champlain and the railroads to New York is easy, and a more agreeable trip cannot be found in our northern regions. It may be shortened, however, and agreeably, by passing from the Erie Railroad to Oswego. One thing, however, is certain, that the increase of railroads has made the steam navigation of Lake Ontario a subject of some importance, as large numbers of passengers are disposed to pass along from point to point on its beautiful waters. The entrance of the Genesee River, near Rochester, by these boats, commanded as they are by most skilful officers, is one of the finest scenes a traveller ever beheld. The river is incredibly narrow and picturesque, and, by moonlight, is a most romantic place.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1851