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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1853

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The Splendid New Steamer


Capt. Chambers,

Will leave Belleville for Kingston every morning at half-past 6 o'clock, and leave Kingston for Belleville and intermediate ports every afternoon at three o'clock.

For Toronto and Hamilton - str. Champion, Capt. Marshall.




We learn, by telegraph from Picton, that the fine steamer Ocean Wave was wholly destroyed by fire, near Long Point. She had on board sixty passengers, all of whom, with one exception, and the Captain, are reported to have perished.

We have since received the following from the Purser, who was one of the saved. It will be seen that twenty persons have been rescued instead of two.


Loss of the Steamer Ocean Wave - About one o'clock on the morning of Saturday, the 30th April, 1853, a cry of fire was raised. The Captain and passengers were all in bed. Immediately on the cry of fire, all rushed down to the after part of the boat, and a scene of confusion took place which baffles the imagination to conceive - the cry of children, the wailing of mothers, the parting of friends, were heartrending in the extreme. It was impossible to get at the boat, as the fire was first observed on the upper decks, and in about half an hour the whole of the upper cabin or saloon was consumed. The passengers threw themselves out on planks and on such things as they could get their hands on. Some made for shore (we were about two miles from shore), others remained clinging to the boat, and those that did so were saved, in number four cabin passengers, 14 of the crew, and the Purser. About half-past four we were delivered from our perilous situation by the schooner Emblem of Bronte, Capt. Bolger, and the Georgiana, of Port Dover, Capt. Henderson, to whose exertions, through Almighty God, we owe our lives, and we would now most cheerfully tender them our most sincere thanks for their timely assistance, and also for their kindness and attention to our several wants; and particularly to Capt. Bolger of the Emblem, for the prompt measures he took to return with us to Kingston, and we now ask of the Almighty God to protect him and his in like manner, as he has done us.


Since receiving the above, we have obtained from the Purser, the following information:

Passengers Saved

Mrs. Stevenson, of Hamilton

Mrs. French, Cornwall

Capt. and Mrs. Kiah, Ogdensburgh

Of the lost, or those supposed to be lost, the Purser could only recollect the following names:

Mrs. McDonald, Ogdensburgh

Miss McLennan, Cornwall

Mrs. Stewart, Toronto

Mrs. Stevenson's three children and nurse

Miss Girouard, (lady's maid)

Lyman Fish, Ogdensburgh

Mr. Mitchell, Whitby

--- Richardson (colored man, on his way to this city with apples)

--- O'Doyle, from rear of Brockville

The engineer, bar-tender, steward and cook

Crew Saved

George Potter, mate

Francis Laforte, Fireman

John Ewart, Deck Hand

Thomas Fuller, Waiter

Peter Provost, Fireman

Stephen Blackman, Runner

Patrick Moran, Deck Hand

James Graham, Wheelsman

John Belton, Deck Hand

Baptiste Mier ?, 2nd engineer

Joseph Rousseau, Fireman

James Steed, Wheelsman

One other in Hospital - cannot learn his name

From another source we have received the following:

The steamer Ocean Wave was burned this (Saturday) morning at 1 o'clock, six miles above the Ducks, 14 Cabin and 9 Deck passengers on board, of whom 5 are known to be saved, viz: Mrs. Stevenson, of Hamilton; G. French, of Cornwall; Capt. Kiah, and his wife, and Thos. Perry. The crew consisted of 26 persons, besides the officers of whom the Captain, Purser and 14 men are known to be saved.

The Captain and Thomas Perry reached the Marysburgh shore.

Latest - Monday morning - Capt. Wright, of the Ocean Wave, the mate, Thos. Perry, a passenger, arrived here this morning by the steamer Canadian. The steamer also brought down the remains of one of the passengers who perished, named Thos. Bears.

Accident to Maple Leaf - The steamer Maple Leaf returned to port yesterday morning, in tow of the Western Miller, her walking beam having been broken when near Long Point on her upward trip.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1853