The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1853

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p.2 More Casualties Along The Welland Canal - From the St. Catherines Post we learn that a fatal accident happened in Messrs. Abbey's shipyard, Port Robinson, whereby a young man named Robert Tunstall, from Latham, Lancashire, England, a Sawyer by trade, was instantly killed. It appears that James E. Abbey, and a number of men, were employed in hoisting a heavy stick of square oak on some tressels, for the deceased and his comrade to saw out a part for the centre-board to pass through. They had got the stick to a considerable height, and were adjusting one of the tressels under the log, when the hook connecting it with the hoisting tackle suddenly gave way, the stick dropped instantly, breaking the tressel and crushing the deceased, who unfortunately happened to be standing under it. He was fearfully mangled and never moved afterwards. He was a stranger, having come from Chippewa on Saturday last, and had only wrought there one day. He was unmarried, and has no relations in this country; his comrade it appears was near him, but not seriously hurt. [Toronto Patriot]

High Wages - The Chicago Tribune of Friday says that "the sailors now in port have struck for $3 per day during the remainder of the season. The lower lake fleet now in the harbor will probably take cargoes down and then lay up."

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1853