The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1856

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p.2 The Safe Of the Steamer Atlantic - A submarine diver from Buffalo has at last succeeded in raising the safe of the American Express Company, which was lost when the steamer Atlantic was sunk off Long Point in 1852. It will be recollected that this steamer was instantly sunk by collision with a propeller, and that a large number of passengers were lost. The diver was protected by copper armour, and was under water forty minutes, during which time he had strange adventures. The upper deck of the steamer lies 160 feet under water, and far below where there is any current or motion. Everything is therefore exactly as it first went down. When the diver alighted upon the deck, he was saluted by a beautiful lady, whose clothing was well arranged, and her hair elegantly dressed. As he approached her, the motion of the water caused an oscillation of her head, as if gracefully bowing to him. She was standing erect, with one hand grasping the rigging. Around lay the bodies of several others, as if sleeping. Children holding their friends by the hand, and mothers with their babes in their arms, were there. In the cabin the furniture was still untouched by decay, and to all appearance had just been arranged by some careful and tasteful hand.

In the office he found the safe, and was enabled to move it with ease, and took it upon the deck, where the grappling irons were fastened on, and the prize brought safely to light. Upon opening the safe, it displayed its contents in a perfect state of preservation. There was in the safe $5000 in gold, $3,500 in bills of the Government Stock Bank, and a large amount of bills on other banks, amounting in all to about $36,000. The papers were uninjured, except that they smelled very strong of decayed human bodies, as if they had lain for so many years in a coffin with their owner. Of course, all this money goes to the persons interested in this wonderful adventure.

p.3 Belgian emigrants pass through on steamers St. Lawrence and Arabian.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1856