The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 8, 1853

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p.2 Accident To The Steamer Bay State - The Rome Sentinel says;- We learn from E.W. Hopkins, Esq., of this place, that the steamer Bay State, on her passage up from Ogdensburg, on Friday night, struck upon the rocks at Cross-Over Shoals, opposite Oak Point, about 8 miles above Brockville, with a terrible concussion. For a few minutes there was great consternation on board, and passengers provided themselves with life preservers, planks, etc., in apprehension that the vessel would sink immediately. She however, careened partly over upon her side, and seemed to lie firmly upon the rock. She had at the time the Schooner New York in tow, and it was almost a miracle that on the sudden stopping of the steamer there was not a collision with the schooner. The watch on the schooner, however, on seeing the line slacken, ordered the helm engaged, and just cleared the steamer. Capt. Leydard (sic - Ledyard ?), the able and accomplished commander of the Bay State, is spoken of as having conducted with great coolness and judgement. He immediately landed a messenger and sent back to Ogdensburgh for another steamer. Mr. Hopkins having landed, came to Watertown by express. It seems doubtful whether the Bay State will be readily got off.

Accident to The Steamer Northerner - We learn that the steamer Northerner met with an accident last night when two miles west of the Genesee, by breaking her cross-head. The steamer put back to Charlotte, and arrived there by working the engine by hand. She will not come out again this season. [Oswego Journal]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 8, 1853