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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 10, 1857

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(from Chronicle & News, April 10, 1857)



There is not a vestige left of the ill-fated Smart, save a portion of her cutwater and figure-head, some pieces of her sails, a couple of oars, and a few scraps of rigging which were washed upon the North Pier, where they now lie. In the morning the beach was strewn with wood, the cargo of the Smart, and a considerable quantity of it was washed upon the pier.

The following is a list of those lost on the Smart: Wm. Phillips, Captain; John Phillips, Stewart; Marshall Bowers, Wm. Leslie, Thos. McCall, Wm. Williams, Robert Pratt and John Stonicliff, seamen.

The mate, Edward Stanley, was the only person saved.

Yesterday afternoon the body of Stonicliff washed ashore near the Cottage, and Coroner Hanson had it brought to the city, where an inquest was held. From letters found in the pockets of the deceased, it appears that his father, Martin Stonicliff, resides in Conneaut, Ohio, and his brother-in-law, Porter K. Upson, resides at Elk Hart, Indiana. A verdict of accidental drowning was rendered.

Thus far none of the bodies of those who were lost by the capsizing of a small boat, while going to the relief of the crew of the Smart, have been found. There were six persons in the boat and all were lost. We have learned the names of but three, Charles Chase, Lewis Nelson, and Erick Abrahamson. The latter lives on Superior Street, and leaves a wife and child. Four of those in the boat were Norwegians, one Dane and the other an Englishman.

The propeller C. Mears rode out the gale in safety, and came into port yesterday morning. Her crew had a hard time of it and were greatly exhausted.

The Sygnet, which went against the breakwater, lodged in an opening or break in the protection, and will be got off without serious damage. Her cut-water and head-gear are considerably injured, but her hull is not supposed to be much damaged.

The clipper schooner Eaton is on the sand beach, south of the city, and is but little injured. She will be got off with but little difficulty.

The schooner Harrison, which was at anchor about five miles to the northward, rode out the gale safely and came into port yesterday. Her crew suffered severely from the intense cold.

The schooner Gresine, which was anchored neer the breakwater and abandoned by the crew, was brought into port yesterday all right. At dark, on Wednesday, there seemed every prospect that she would be driven upon the breakwater and broken up.

In our notice of those who gallantly went to the assistance of the crew of the Gresine, and by whose noble exertions they were saved, some errors of names unavoidably occurred. The following is a correct list: John Noyes, 2nd Lieutenant of Police; Chas. K. Nichols, Fire Policeman 8th Ward; Charles Walker, Policeman; Charles Stratton, Sailor; James Miller, Sailor. All honor to the noble men. [Chicago Ledger]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 10, 1857