The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1857

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p.2 Inquest - into ice-boat accident. (full column)

editorial about above accident - (part) "... The boat, or scow, was about 20 feet long and 5 feet wide, with 2 runners under its bottom, to facilitate its movement on the ice, and was so light that one or two persons could shove it along with ease. We are informed it was calculated to hold 12 persons with moderate baggage, but on this unfortunate occasion 16 embarked...."

p.3 Great Devastation at Chicago - April 2nd - Most disastrous gales yesterday and last night ever before experienced at this point. 16 lives lost and 6 vessels ashore. Among them is the brig David Smart, lost on the north side of the pier with the entire crew, consisting of 8 persons. A boat's crew which went to her assistance consisting of seven persons ws lost.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1857