The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1854

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p.2 The Bay - We are pleased to notice that the opposition and racing on the Bay has been put an end to, by an arrangement between the owners of the rival boats, and that we have now the advantage of a communication with Belleville twice a day.

Four Men Drowned in Toronto Bay - by upsetting of sailboat. [Globe]

Sad Disaster on Lake Ontario - Loss of The Propeller Boston By A Collision - About 7 o'clock on Saturday evening, a life boat, containing eight persons, came into this port, and the passengers landed at Charlotte. They proved to be the captain, some passengers, and a portion of the crew of the propeller Boston, which was sunk in Lake Ontario on Friday night. Capt. McNett of the Boston, gives the following particulars: The Boston was from Chicago, bound for Ogdensburgh, laden with pork, corn and whiskey, and other produce, and about 28 souls on board, being the crew and some friends of the captain, including his family. She came into Lake Ontario on Friday, from the Welland canal, and was steering directly through the lake for the St. Lawrence. About twelve o'clock on Friday night, when fifteen or twenty miles off Oak Orchard, and some fifty miles from this port, the propeller came in collision with a three masted vessel, and so severe were the injuries sustained by the former, that she sunk in twenty minutes after the accident occurred.

"Three boats belonging to the propeller were immediately lowered, and the Captain, his family and others, to the number of eleven, left the steamer in one, which arrived here as above stated. It is supposed that all on board the propeller were saved in the others, though on this point nothing definite is known. The captain does not know the name of the vessel with which he came in collision, or what damage she sustained. The wind was blowing from the west, and he made for this port with his boat. The persons who landed at Charlotte were much exhausted from exposure, but were kindly cared for by the citizens of that place, and some of our townsmen who happened to be there when she came in. Among those who kindly aided them, our informant gives us the names of Capt. Spencer, Ralph Francis and P.B. Cook, of Charlotte, ex-Mayor, Williams, and the Messrs. Wilder, of this city.

The Boston was a propeller of 259 tons burthen, six years old, and owned by Crawford & Co., of Ogdensburgh. She was doubtless insured. [Rochester Union]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1854