The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 12, 1852

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p.2 Accident at Niagara - As the Chief Justice Robinson came to our wharf on Thursday, the 1st inst., her fender broke and struck W. Valentine, a fine boy of about 14 years of age on the head, and knocked him senseless, inflicting a very dangerous if not mortal wound. The little fellow still lies in a precarious state. This is the third or fourth accident of this nature that we have heard of this spring, and several times fenders of steamers have broken at our wharf when no one has been hurt. It is truly dangerous, and the proprietors of vessels will not be held blameless after this if they do not adopt some other mode of fending. These accidents undoubtedly arise from the present high stage of the water in the lake, which elevates the guards of the steamers above the level of the wharves; but their fenders ought to be arranged so as to avoid the imminent danger which now attends the landing of vessels at our wharves. [Mail]

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 12, 1852