The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 30, 1854

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p.2 Melancholy Accident - On Wednesday morning last, as Mr. John Wilton was employed on Captain Bowen's wharf, at the bottom of a large boiler, being constructed for the new steamer Banshee, lately launched from the shipyard at Portsmouth, the props at one side of the boiler suddenly gave way, and the whole weight of the bulky machine fell on Mr. Wilton, killing him instantly. Mr. Wilton was a young man, 27 years of age, and had buried his wife but 3 days previous to the accident.

...Our harbor is again fully open, the heavy wind of Thursday night having broken up and carried out all the ice. Some of the vessels in the harbor were in a critical position during the blow and the shoving of the ice, but little injury was sustained. The schooner Mary and a barge were dragged from their moorings near the bridge, and carried nearly to Ferguson's Point, a distance of more than three miles, but they will probably be extricated from their present position without serious damage.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 30, 1854