The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 16, 1852

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p.2 Steamboat Collision - Our telegraphic reports are somewhat composed, owing to the fact that the wires were down for two or three days, thus in yesterday morning's paper, our readers were informed of the loss of a number of lives by the sinking of the propeller Oswego. But not of the occasion of the melancholy catastrophe. We now find by the papers that a collision took place between the steamer America and propeller Oswego near midnight of the 12th inst. about 17 miles below Cleveland. The America was going at her usual speed, and the night was very dark, when the collision occurred. The passengers and most of the crew on both boats were in bed; the shock was very violent, and the propeller immediately settled and sunk in 15 minutes. Owing to the darkness of the night, and the condition of the steamer, she was unable to render much assistance, and from 15 to 20 lives were lost. The America was much damaged, and immediately returned to Cleveland, where she lies in a battered condition. No cause other than stated above is assigned for the accident.


July 15th

William Shaw was brought before T.W. Robison, Esq., Presiding Magistrate, charged by Michael Doyle with an assault. It appeared that on Thursday, the 8th inst., Mr. Gildersleeve made an experimental trip to the Isle of Tanti in the new steamer Bay of Quinte, and put on board refreshments, including two kegs of beer for the hands; which latter, during the day, was used too freely. It appears that Shaw mentioned to the owner that should more liquor be drank the work could not be proceeded with. Mr. Gildersleeve then desired Irvine and Shaw to take charge of the beer, and place it in the bar. When the boat arrived alongside the wharf, Doyle, with another fireman named Bennet, went to the bar and asked for some of the beer. The party in care of it told them to drink out of the pail. They would not, but wanted some out of the keg, and made an offer to take the keg away. This produced angry words. Doyle and Irvine agreed to have a fight; went out to the forward gangway; got into grips and pulled each other about. In the meantime Shaw and Bennet was not to be idle by mutual consent; should have a row; went out of the bar a short way; Bennet catching Shaw by his hair pulled him down across a box, where he held him; Irvine who was in grips with Doyle, let go, and ran to Shaw's aid; Shaw, when extricated, seen Doyle running towards him, believing he meant to fight him, caught him by the legs and knocked him down upon the deck, where he remained speechless until his brother Patrick Doyle and others brought him ashore.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 16, 1852