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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 8, 1857

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(from Chronicle & News, April 10, 1857)

Shipwreck and Loss of Life in Chicago

On the 31st ult. Chicago was visited by a terrific storm which caused serious loss of life and property. The most melancholy disaster was the wreck of the brig David Smart, and the loss of fifteen lives. The circumstance is thus described by the Chicago Democrat of the 2nd inst.: "The Smart anchored to the north of the pier, but dragged her anchor, and towards evening went ashore. A crew of seven gallant fellows went out in a yawl boat to rescue the parties on board, but were all consigned to a watery grave, an immense breaker having upset the boat, which was subsequently washed ashore. The Smart went to pieces in a very short time after she went ashore. The name of the Captain of the Smart is Phelps. The name of the crew, consisting of eight men, we have been unable to get. We have also been unable to procure the names of the gallant but unfortunate crew of the boat, consisting of six persons, who so willingly laid down their lives to save those of others.They appeared to be strangers to all present at the heart rending scene which was harrowing, that when the boat capsized, stout, strong men on the pier and shore were observed to wring their hands and cry like children. The only mementos of the poor fellows so suddenly whelmed (sic) in a watery grave, are their coats which they threw down on the pier. These were taken possession of by Capt. Scoville, who left them at the stores of Messrs. Baker & Davidson on South Water Street, where they can be seen by the relatives and friends of the deceased.... [Colonist]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 8, 1857