The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 12, 1855

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p.2 Accident to the Steamer Chief Justice - We are sorry to learn that a very serious accident has happened to that old favorite of the public, the Chief Justice. Both she and the Zimmerman were on Tuesday frozen up at Niagara, but by great exertion the Chief was cut out, and she left for the Humber at about noon, with forty passengers on board. There was a good deal of floating ice on the lake, and some difficulty was experienced on the voyage, but about seven o'clock the vessel approached the land. The weather was hazy, and the snow falling heavily, with a strong wind, so that it is not much to be wondered at that the harbor was missed, and that the vessel went ashore about two and a half miles west of the Humber, on VanEvery's Point. The stern was in deep water, and the bows in about four and a half feet; efforts were made to get her off, but it was found she was fast, and must lie there till assistance could be procured. Fortunately there was little sea, and the hull of the vessel being very strong, the passengers remained on board, in little danger, but, as may be imagined, in miserable enough plight. In the morning, three attempts were made to get a line on shore, by the steamer's boats, the last of which was successful, and the passengers were all finally landed, with their baggage. It is said that some apprehensions are entertained that the vessel cannot be got off, but we hope they will prove groundless. She is owned by Captain Dick and Mr. Heron of Niagara, and is not insured. Value about 4,000 pounds. She had about 12 tons of goods on board, which are supposed to be uninsured. [Toronto Globe]

Canal around Falls - [Globe]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 12, 1855