The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1856

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p.2 Crew Of A Vessel Struck By Lightning

The Buffalo Express states that on Saturday night as the bark Fame, bound for Buffalo, was off the mouth of the Grand River, Canada, she was struck by lightning and a majority of her crew who were on deck, were disabled by the shock. Not a mark is to be seen upon the vessel, indicating that she has been subjected to such an accident. The persons injured are Rufus Derby, 2nd mate, badly burned on his right wrist and leg; Francis Scott, severe burn on the thigh and hip; Peter Johnson, severe on body and arm; George Branson hand burned and swollen; William Kimball, leg and arm very badly burned. The barque, rendered unmanageable by being deprived of the services of most of her crew, drifted about the lake until Sunday, when the schooner Merlose was spoken, from which two hands were obtained, and the Fame was brought into port. That a vessel could have been struck by lightning, and six of her crew suffered from the shock without so much as a scorch or splinter to show that the substle fluid had touched her, is something wonderful. [Buffalo Express]

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1856