The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 31, 1851

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p.2 The following are some particulars of the loss of the propeller Henry Clay. Thirty lives are reported lost.

The propeller Henry Clay, Capt. George Called, (sic) reported lost on Saturday, had on board thirty persons, including the crew, and one female passenger. At 12 o'clock on the night of the 23d, when off Long Point, and lying side up in the trough of the sea, the captain lashed himself and the female to the jib stay, and the crew all lashed themselves to the rigging. In twenty minutes after, the boat went to pieces. The deck and cabin came off, and the hull turned bottom upward. The captain could not unlash in time, and went over with the hull. David Kiefe wheelman, the only hand saved, jumped off the wreck and got hold of the pilot house deck with nine others, and held on till daylight, when he found all but the first mate and the second wheelman washed off. They afterwards secured a pole and a piece of carpet which they raised for a sail, and held on till 8 o'clock, (the wind and the sea still high) when the brig John Martin bore down and threw ropes to them. Keefe caught one and was dragged a quarter of a mile before he was got aboard the brig. His two companions could not catch the ropes, and nothing more was seen of either them or the raft.

Capt. Callard was formerly an officer of the Texas Navy, and the inventor of the signal lanterns now used for distinguishing vessels at sea.

The Schooner Briton - Mr. Linton has received a telegraphic message to the effect that the above schooner has arrived at Quebec from Halifax, on her way direct to Kingston, with a cargo of sugar and fruit, and may be expected here about Tuesday next..

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 31, 1851