The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1852

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p.2 Regatta Meeting - At a meeting of the yachting community of Kingston, held at Mr. Perkins' Hotel, on Monday evening, Aug. 23, for the purpose of making arrangements for the annual Regatta in Kingston Bay, J.G. Fortier, Esq., in the Chair, it was resolved -

1. - That the day named for the Regatta be Friday, Sept. 10th.

2. - That the course of previous Regattas not having been adequate to the patronage received from the public by giving them a full view of the race, the course this year be confined to the Bay in front of the city, viz: - to start from buoys placed off the Queen's Wharf, thence round a buoy off George's Barn, on Long Island, thence passing outside of Garden Island, rounding a buoy off Four Mile Point; thence passing between the Martello Tower and Battery, round a flag buoy off the Queen's Wharf, and repeat the same course again, including rounding a buoy off Penitentiary Point, and passing between the Tower and Battery to the winning place.

3. - That in order more fully to gratify the public, by all the yachts starting together, tonnage time will be allowed instead of instituting classes - allowing 3/4 of a minute a ton for yachts over six tons; and one minute per ton for all under (Regatta measurement) for the whole distance. The distance is computed to be 25 miles.

4. - That the entrance fee be ten shillings each. Open to all pleasure yachts.

5. - That this meeting adjourn to Monday August 30th, then to meet at this place to form the final arrangement.

Apparatus for Lifting Sunken Wrecks - The Cleveland Plaindealer notices a new invention for the above purpose, which consists of large upright canvass bags 60 feet long and 80 feet thick. They are sunk, attached to the wreck and then inflated. Their lifting power is 250 tons. The propeller City of Oswego is to be raised by use of this apparatus.


The Buffalo papers of Saturday contain full particulars of the collision between the steamer Atlantic and the propeller Ogdensburgh, on Friday morning. The loss of life is variously estimated at from one to two hundred - most of the drowned being emigrants; but as the Clerk lost all his books and papers, no list of the passengers can be obtained. It is more than probable that the names of scores of the lost will never transpire.

The following are the particulars of the awful calamity:

The collision occurred about half-past two o'clock yesterday morning, between the steamer Atlantic of the Michigan Central Rail Road Line, and the Propeller Ogdensburgh from Cleveland, bound for Oswego. They came together about six miles above Long Point, some four miles off shore. The propeller ran into the steamer, striking her on the larboard bow, forward of the wheelhouse, cutting her hull to the water's edge. The engine of the propeller had been reversed before the collision occurred - and as soon as her headway was stopped, she fell off and the steamer passed on, the machinery working all the time during the collision. It was soon discovered that the steamer was sinking - the water pouring into the hull so fast as to extinguish the fires before she had proceeded more than a mile from the scene of the collision.

The scene that follows beggars description. The forward cabin below was filled with emigrants, nearly all of whom have perished. The water rushed into this cabin in torrents, filling it at once, and causing almost instant death to the hundreds that were sleeping there, at the time of the disaster. The cabin passengers were aroused by the concussion, and at once rushed upon the deck in their night clothes, presenting a scene of wild confusion and distress. Parents seeking their children -husbands their wives, and friends each other, amidst the most heart-rending cries that came from ever part of the boat. There were a large number of Norwegians sleeping on the main deck, who could neither understand or utter a word of English. They seemed at once aware of their danger, and rushed wildly about, uttering the most hideous shrieks and screams, unable to understand a word or a suggestion. As the bow of the boat sunk, they were washed off the deck and the poor things were hurried to a watery grave.

Such of the cabin passengers as had left their state rooms - and we fear there were many who had not - at once set about their own safety. Capt. Pettey, of the steamer, at once lowered his boat and manned it, leaving for the Propeller. We regret to learn that Captain Pettey was severely if not seriously injured. The bow of the boat sunk fast, leaving the hull at an angle of 45 deg. The cabin passengers gathered toward the stern of the boat - making preparations to leave for the water, if succor could not reach them before the hull should sink. Several put on their life-preservers, or seized some article of furniture, and jumped overboard.

About half an hour after the collision, the propeller came alongside and took off such passengers as were yet on board the wreck. These saved - then the officers and crew of the propeller used every exertion by their boats to pick up such persons as were yet struggling in the water.

The propeller put for Erie, and falling in with the steamer Sultana, about five miles from Erie, placed such persons on board that boat, as were pleased to leave for the west, landing the balance at Erie. Most of those landing at Erie arrived here in the State Line cars at four o'clock yesterday afternoon, in a destitute condition.

The following is the statement of the Clerk:

At half-past two yesterday morning a collision occurred between the steamer Atlantic and the propeller Ogdensburgh, about four miles from Long Point Light. The steamer, on her direct course from Buffalo to Detroit, was run into by the propeller, striking the steamer just forward of the larboard wheel, causing her to sink in about ten minutes, in thirty fathoms water. The propeller was running on a course at right angles with the course of the steamer. The number of passengers was 416, of which 110 were cabinpassengers - crew about 40; the balance were deck and emigrant passengers. The weather was thick or hazy, like the smoky atmosphere of the Indian summer. The propeller was discovered in time to enable the steamer to make two turns of her wheels backwards before she struck. The Captain was up at the time talking with the mate.

Of the cabin passengers it is believed that 15 or 20 will cover the loss. Nine of the crew were lost. Of the deck and emigrant passengers there were put on board the Sultana about 200 - a number, about 50, got off at Erie. The propeller took those saved on board, did all that was in her power to make them comfortable, put th 200 on the Sultana, and carried the remainder to Erie. The Emigrants, as soon as the collision occurred commenced jumping overboard immediately forward of the wheels, while they were in motion - of course all such were killed by the wheels. It is impossible to tell from any data in possession, how many were lost. The number may reach 100. The clerk had no opportunity to save the books, papers, or money, the water was on the first deck before he could get out of the office. The Express Company (which company not stated) had $30,000 on board, the boat $1,000. John M. Murphey was the Express agent. Capt. Pettey received a serious injury in the head by a fall from the upper deck of the steamer into the yawl boat.

Aug. 26, 1852


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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1852