The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1853


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p.2 ad for str. Champion, for Toronto and Hamilton. June 2nd.

THE OCEAN WAVE DISASTER

The inquiry into the causes of the destruction of the steamer Ocean Wave by fire, and the melancholy loss of life which resulted from it, terminated on Wednesday evening, when the Jury, having retired for a couple of hours, rendered the verdict which is given below. The investigation extended over a considerable length of time, but this was rendered necessary by the difficulty of getting witnesses from a distance, and the importance of the case requiring an investigation of as minute a nature as possible.

The Jury, while they have attributed to carelessness, or the absence of a proper look-out on board the ill-fated steamer, the catastrophe which occurred, have not thought proper to indicate any one of the officers as responsible for this carelessness or neglect. Their verdict is in the most general terms in respect of the cause of the destruction of the Ocean Wave; and they had a right to find such a verdict; but the public will hardly be satisfied to be told in effect, that in this melancholy case there is no one to blame.

Verdict

1stly - The Jury find the death of John Balton was caused by injuries received on board the Ocean Wave on the morning she took fire, viz: April 30th last.

2ndly - That the Fire on board the Ocean Wave was caused by a spark or sparks from the chimney of the steamer.

3rdly - That had a proper look out been maintained on board said steamer the fire could not have made so rapid a progress in so short a time.

4thly - That instead of any blame being attached to Captain Wright, the jury consider that he exerted himself as much as lay in his power for the protection of all on board.

5thly - That the conduct of Mr. Potter, 2nd Mate, in saving the life of Mrs. Stevenson was very praiseworthy; and also, that Mr. Oliver, the Purser acted very handsomely throughout the trying scene.

6thly - That the gallant behaviour of Mr. Dulmage, and that of his three assistants was highly commendable, and should not be forgotten.

7thly - That Captains Belyea and Henderson, and the crews of the schooners Emblem and Georgiana, are worthy of the highest praise.

8thly, and Finally - The Jury wholly exculpate Capt. Patterson and crew of the steamer Scotland from any blame whatsoever, as the Jury cannot see what more they could have done. And so say we all.

Edward John Barker, Coroner.

Wm. Robinson, Foreman.

Edward McManus Thomas Ward

Henry Dunbar Charles Robinson

Thos. Mulholland John O'Connor

George Smith John Moses

J. Connell John Wright

Patrick Cullen


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Date of Original:
June 2, 1853
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KN.19546
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Rick Neilson
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1853