Melancholy Loss of Life
Five Persons Drowned
Yesterday afternoon, between two and three o'clock, the ice boat employed in carrying mails and passengers from Kingston to Wolfe Island, left this shore at the foot of Shaw's wharf, shoving the boat on the ice until they approached the "open channel," about a quarter of a mile from land, when, the boat having considerable impetus, and the passengers hastily jumping into it as the boat passed over the edge of the ice, the bow dipping in water, and simultaneously the frail bark swamped, and all were submerged in the water.
The conductor of the boat, J.S. Hunter, and a person named James Tranor saved themselves by swimming to the ice and clambering upon it, and seven other persons were rescued by some young men from the shore who saw the occurrence and hastened to give assistance at considerable personal risk.
Having taken a small boat with them, they succeeded in saving the mail and some baggage which was floating at various distances from the ice. One of the persons saved, an American, supported himself in the interim, by clinging to his trunk until taken up.
The following are the names of the persons said to have been drowned: James McDonald, James Mitchell, (both belonging to the Island,) Wm. Dempsey, stage driver on Long Island, Wm. Sanders, sea-cook, and John Buggy, sailor.
The accounts about the streets was very conflicting, but the above is the most reliable we could obtain.
Seven o'clock P.M. - We have just learned that the bodies of James McDonald, Wm. Dempsey and W. Saunders, have been recovered and were placed in the dead house.
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