The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 25, 1855

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p.2 Fogs - A Clearing - On Friday, between one and two o'clock, many were the anxious eyes directed to the Batteau Channel and the good steamer Sir Charles Napier. The English mail was expected. Two o'clock, three, four passed; no steamer. An accident must have occurred. An accident did occur. In the fog, the Napier ran aground on Long Island, a few miles beyond her point of departure from the Cape. The anxiously looked for mail was on board, in charge of the conductor, Mr. Butler. The conductor and the mail were in "a fix," to use an Americanism, but the former, determined to deliver his charge as soon as possible, got a boat from Capt. Creighton, pulled ashore with his mails, and, failing to procure teams to reach the ferry, engaged a boat to take the mails and himself to Kingston, a distance of 15 or 16 miles, by hard rowing. The Napier had, in the meantime, been drawn off by one of the American steamers, and at once proceeded to Kingston. The little row-boat and the steamer arrived about the same time; but, admiring the spirit with which the mail was forwarded under the circumstances stated, we have much pleasure in according due credit to the conductor.

In the morning, the new steamer Europa, in consequence of the prevailing fog, went ashore on the Snake Island shoal. She was got off with a good deal of difficulty, but without having sustained injury, and was at her wharf on Saturday afternoon.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 25, 1855