The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 10, 1857

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p.2 Names Of The Lost On The Reindeer

On Saturday, the two firemen - the sole survivors of the ill-fated steamer Reindeer - entered their protest in the office of the Buffalo Marine and Fire Insurance Company, before Mr. Atwater, Notary Public. The following is a list of the crew as far as could be recollected:-

Capt. Geo. Patterson, master.

Robert Delany, 1st mate.

John McCloud, 2nd do.

John Ferguson, 1st engineer.

James Parker, 2nd do.

p. Baily, purser.

James Henry, steward.

James Bates, cook.

John McKay, cook's mate.

Edward McGraw, waiter.

Arthur Basinette, wheelsman.

James Ashley, do.

Thos. Little, do.

Sarah ___, ladies' maid.

John Johnson, deck hand.

Michael Hickey, do.

William Kinchler, do.

__Baltiste, do.

Denis Genis, or Young, deck hand.

Wiliam ____, do.

Alex. Parker, fireman.

The two firemen, Creamer and McArtney, who escaped, underwent much suffering and hardship. One of them lay perfectly insensible on the beach till the middle of the following day, when he woke up, and was joined by the other survivor. Neither were able to walk - and they crawled on their hands and knees into the woods all that day, but could not find a human being to aid them. That night they again spent on the beach - without food, almost naked, and without shelter. Next day they dragged themselves along the beach eight miles, and on Wednesday afternoon they reached a hut wherein they found Capt. W.G. Davison, jr., and the crew of the schooner Alwilda - which was also wrecked on that awful night - who kindly gave them food, clothing and shelter. But by this time nature was about exhausted. Neither had tasted food since the Sunday previous to the catastrophe, and being cold, wet and exposed to the frost and snow, they could not have survived much longer. They would undoubtedly have perished but for the aid rendered them by Capt. Davison. For two days they were almost insensible, but through kind nursing and attention, they recovered and are now able to walk about. J. Edward Wilkins, Esq., British Consul at this port, has kindly provided them with clothes, money, and other necessaries to enable them to proceed comfortably to their homes in Canada. On one of the bodies washed ashore - that of the passenger - was found $45 in gold, which is now in the hands of the British Consul. Capt. Davison buried the bodies with all due respect, and in every other capacity acted as becomes a true-hearted man and a sailor. The Mears brought over twenty barrels of tallow - all that could be saved of her cargo. The engine lies bedded in the sand, and it would be folly to attempt to raise it. [Chicago Press]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 10, 1857