The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1857

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We learn from the Toronto papers of yesterday that Coroner Scott, assisted by two Associate Coroners, held an inquest on Saturday on the bodies of the victims of the explosion.

One of the bodies is fearfully mangled, the head being torn quite off; another has half of the head and face carried away, as though it had been split by an axe. Their names are John McGill, D.W. Honeyman, Francis Prebo, and Eliza McGill. One body is so mangled as to be incapable of recognition. After reviewing the bodies the jury returned to the Police Court. Coroner Scott then addressed the jury, and said that as the Captain, 1st and 2nd Engineers, and others who could give important evidence in the matter, were severely injured, it would be advisable to adjourn until some day next week, when they would have sufficiently recovered to attend the inquest. The inquest was then adjourned until Wednesday next, at 12 noon.

Eliza McGill died on Wednesday morning at half-past seven; the other female, Catherine McCrea, after enduring a great deal of suffering, died about six o'clock on Saturday evening. Dr. Grant was unremitting in his attentions upon her during the day.

The patients at the hospital are in an improving condition, and receive every attention at the hands of Dr. Gardner.

William Goughany, the 1st Engineer, who was sadly scalded and received a severe wound on the scalp, is progressing favorably.

Cerele Godald, who received severe contusions and wounds on the head and leg is much better.

Spence, the 2nd Engineer, seemed on Saturday evening to be somewhat improved, and unless unfavorable symptoms should arise, he will do well. His eyelids are so swollen that he can see but little. He said that he suffered but little pain.

Kelly, O'Mara and Louizan are all as well as could be expected, considering the nature of their injuries; but none of them are dangerous.

Baptiste Sauvai, mentioned previously as being slightly scalded, came down on Saturday from the hospital to the city, in company with the steward, and is perfectly well.

Of those taken from the wreck six are now dead; three may be said to be perfectly well; while seven are still suffering from their injuries, making sixteen persons accounted for of the twenty-two on the boat. There are therefore six bodies to be recovered from the wreck.

Operations at the Wreck - Captain Moodie was energetically employed in clearing away the wreck all day on Saturday. No bodies were raised, but a man's head was found, and some portions of human flesh. These Capt. Moodie gave in charge to a constable. Of the goods on the wreck some 200 boxes of glass and 16 crates of crockery-ware were removed to Brown's wharf during the day. The safe, containing 550 pounds, and the bodies in the wreck, will be grappled for today. [Leader]

p.3 Imports - June 1st.

railroad from Marmora to Lake - should it come out at Brighton or Colborne; discusses building harbor at Weller's Bay vs Presque Isle harbor improvements. [Colborne Transcript]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1857