The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 2, 1889

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Brockville, July 2nd - Sunday morning the ferry steamer William Armstrong sank in the St. Lawrence River, half way between here and the American shore. The steamer was coming to Brockville from Morristown with three cars of coal and a car of freight on board. When about half way across the fireman noticed water in the hold. He went up to tell the captain, and before they could get down to the deck the boat careened over and sank, stern foremost. There were on board, besides Captain Leonard: Engineer Duquet and Fireman Higgins; Allan Stayner, Canadian custom house officer J. Hecklenger, John Sweeney, all of Brockville; a young boy, son of Mr. James Culligan, hotelkeeper at Morristown; and C.C. McFall, ticket agent in Montreal for the Delaware and Hudson railway. All had to jump into the river and were rescued by people in row boats close at hand, with the exception of McFall, who has not been seen since.

The Armstrong was built thirteen years ago for the car ferry service. She was considered a pretty staunch craft. She was an American bottom, registered at Ogdensburg, owned by Capt. D.H. Lyon, of Ogdensburg, and was valued at about $25,000. She sank in about 80 feet deep. She was chartered to carry an excursion from Prescott and Ogdensburg to Brockville yesterday. Mr. Stayner lost his pocket book containing nearly $200.


The steamer Alexandria left last evening for Montreal.

The Herbert Dudley, Oswego, is unloading coal at the penitentiary.

Arrivals: schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, 250 tons coal; schr. Philo Bennett, Oswego, 400 tons coal.

The following steamers called at Swift's yesterday: Passport and Algerian from Toronto, and the Corinthian from Montreal.

The steamer St. Lawrence went on her regular route today. She will make six trips a day from Clayton to the Thousand Islands.

Captain John Donnelly returned last evening from Brockville, where he had been seeing the sunken steamer Armstrong. He has been asked by the owners what he would take to raise her. He will answer them this evening. Though she is in a very awkward position the captain thinks she can be raised.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 2, 1889