The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 28, 1852

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p.2 The Magnet and Maple Leaf Collision - It will be remembered by most of our readers, says the Toronto Colonist, that on the 30th of April last, when the steamer Magnet was on her upward passage from Kingston to Hamilton, and the steamer Maple Leaf, on her downward course from the latter to the former city, and when nearly opposite Presqu'isle harbour, about 11 o'clock, P.M., on the night of the day named, both boats came into collision, by which the Magnet was greatly injured. The owners of the Magnet therefore, instituted proceedings at law against the proprietors of the Maple Leaf, to recover damages for the injuries which the Magnet sustained by the occurrence. The case was tried at the assizes in Hamilton, last week, before Judge Sullivan. Several witnesses were examined for the plaintiffs and defendants. The position of each at the time of the collision, and also the injuries received by the Magnet, were illustrated by maps and plans and daguerrotype pictures. The Judge, in his charge to the jury, carefully went over the whole evidence, and also explained the law in relation to the case. After hearing his lordship's able and lucid charge, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff of 600 pounds damages. The case was conducted on each side with singular ability, and legal acumen. Mr. Vankoughnet, Q.C., of this city, appeared on behalf of the plaintiffs, and Messrs. Hagarty and Cameron, also Q.C., also of this city, conducted the defence. It seems the defendents' counsel raised some legal objections in the course of the trial, which will be argued before the Superior Courts here on some future day.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 28, 1852