The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1852

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p.2 We are enabled to present the following additional particulars respecting the lamentable loss of life on Lake Erie last Friday morning:

Buffalo, Aug. 20th.

The steamer Atlantic, which left here at nine o'clock last night, came in collision with the propeller Ogdensburgh, about six miles above Long Point. The steamer ran across the bow of the propeller, striking her forward of the wheel on her larboard. The steamer continued on her course for three miles before her engines were stopped, which was caused by the waters extinguishing her fires. As soon as possible, the propeller started for the steamer and found her sinking very fast. The lake was covered for miles with floating fragments, and persons clinging to them for life. Every exertion was made to save the sufferers, but notwithstanding, a great number was drowned. There were from 500 to 600 persons on board the Atlantic, a large portion of whom were emigrants. The propeller picked up and took from the wreck some 200. It is impossible to say how many were lost, as the clerk of the steamer lost his trip sheet. The steamer Sultana took a large number of the persons saved to Cleveland, and until returns from there, we cannot tell who are saved. Capt. Petty, Clerk, and 1st mate, known to be saved. Seven of the crew reported lost. Assistant Steward Conaway is lost. The express messenger is saved; the company lost all their goods and $30,000 in specie. L.W. Bedell, agent of the Lake Ontario route, is known to be lost. The report here is that some 200 lives were lost in all. The collision it is said, occurred in a dense fog. The truth however is not known.

A meeting of yacht owners and others interested is requested at half-past eight o'clock this evening at Perkin's hotel, for the purpose of endeavoring to get up a Regatta.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1852