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

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p.2 Collision - The propeller Moira and the Novelty came in collision on Monday night near Picton, with such force that the stem of the Novelty was driven in from a little above the water line, and below that point it was more or less damaged. The Novelty succeeded in reaching this port, though it must have recquired no little care and exertion to keep her from filling. That she did not go down from the effect of the collision is surprising to all who have seen her since the accident.

The steamer Zimmerman, from Toronto, came into port yesterday, and proceeded to Ogdensburgh, to be hauled out, we believe.

Loss of the Emblem

We (Spectator) have not yet learned the correct particulars of the melancholy disaster of Thursday night, which resulted in the sinking of the schooner Emblem, and the loss of several lives. Sufficient has been learned, however, to confirm the sad tidings. One account puts down the number of lives lost at six, including the captain, mate and a passenger. We understand that Captain Masson, of the America, states that the schooner exhibited no lights, and the night being foggy she was not seen until struck, amidships by the America, cutting her completely in two. A boat was lowered, into which five of the men got, but not being cut adrift from the schooner in time, it was dragged down with the sinking vessel, and all in it perished. Three of the crew were saved, and returned to this city on Saturday, in the America. It is said that these men distinctly aver that they displayed lights. The Emblem was owned by Mr. R. Rae, of this city; she had no cargo on board, and we understand she is insured in the North Western Company.

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[Oswego Times of Friday]

The steamer America, Capt. Masson, due here this morning, did not arrive till one o'clock this afternoon, in consequence of a collision which happened between two and three o'clock this morning, off Genessee. Mr. Berry, the Clerk of the America, furnishes us with the following particulars of the accident. The America was running with all her lights displayed, and came in collision with the schooner Emblem, of Hamilton, cutting the schooner near two-thirds through. Capt. Donald Malcolmson, of the Emblem; William Malcolmson, mate; Thomas Malcolmson, hand before the mast - three brothers; and John Malcolmson, a cousin of the others, and John Bease, also hands; and Alexander Leith, said to be a passenger, from Oswego, took to the vessel's small boat.

Before the painter was cast off, the schooner capsized, which upset the boat, and the five men in her were drowned. Three others of the crew, Wm. Ross, George Anderson, and a colored cook, who remained on the wreck, were taken off and brought in by the America. The steamer lay by the wreck till after daylight, and took off whatever could be saved. The Emblem cleared from this port on Wednesday evening, light, for St. Catherines, and the wreck continued to float when the America left her. The schooner showed no light that was seen on the steamer when the collision took place. The night was dark and a considerable sea running.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1855