The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 13, 1851

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The following narrative is from David Keefe, the only person saved, and was taken before a Notary. Keefe says:- They left Malden about 2 o'clock A.M., of the 23rd, with a fair breeze. Nothing material occurred until about 12 o'clock at night, of the 23rd, the deponent being on deck at the wheel, the wind being very high, with a heavy sea, the propeller suddenly broached to, throwing the other man at the wheel. The first mate and Captain were on deck at the time. The Captain ordered the anchor to be got overboard to bring her head to the wind. They did not succeed in doing so; one man was washed off the deck in attempting to get the anchor off; he caught the fender rope and was hauled aboard. The propeller rolled heavily, and in about twenty minutes after she broached to, her cabin and all her upper works became detached and floated from the hull, and she rolled over bottom up. Before the cabin was parted from the hull, all hands lashed themselves to different parts of the rigging; the Captain and a lady passenger were lashed to the jib-stay. When I found the vessel rolling over, I unlashed myself and jumped overboard among the floating flour and pieces of the wreck, and caught hold of the pilot house deck; soon found that there were several others on the same piece of deck, about ten in number. When it became light enough to see, found only himself and two others hanging to the piece of deck. These three then got on to the raft; found a piece of the rail and put it through the stove pipe hole, in the piece of deck upon which they were; found a piece of carpet and fastened it to a stick, which we used for a sail. Remained with two others on the raft until 8 o'clock A.M. of the 24th, when the brig Jno. ____ came along and threw a line, which the deponent caught, and was towed about one-fourth of a mile before he was got on board. Lines were thrown to the other two men, but they did not get hold of them, the wind and sea being very heavy at the time, so much so as to render it unsafe for the brig to attempt to rescue the other two men. This deponent was landed at Grand River, Canada West, about 2 o'clock P.M.


11th - Schr. Reindeer, Ogdensburgh, in ballast.

Ferry Boat Mary Ann, Wolfe Island, mixed cargo.

Str. Bay State, Oswego, mixed cargo.

15th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.


11th - Schr. Reindeer, Sandusky, 800 bars railroad iron.

Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, passengers and baggage.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 13, 1851