The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1860

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p.3 Wreck of Lady Elgin - The coroner's jury yesterday commenced the investigation of the wreck of the Lady Elgin.

John Jervis, of Milwaukie, a passenger, testified that the schooner appeared to be coming towards us at about an angle of 45 degrees. The steward tried to stop the leak with mattresses. The captain ordered everything loose to be thrown overboard. The captain and myself got twenty-five ladies upon the hurricane deck, and the boat went down in two minutes afterwards. There were between twenty and thirty children on the forward part of the hurricane roof. It was very dark and raining at the time. The bell commenced ringing and the whistle blowing, at once after the collision.

Thos. Cummings testified that the schooner did not strike the steamer quartering, but at right angles; she ran square into her; thinks we were about two miles from shore; saw a vessel's light after we left the steamer; think I could have seen a light of a vessel three miles off; did not see the schooner after she got clear of us; saw that all the steamer's head lights were up; the schooner was running due east when she struck us; I think a vessel under that wind and headway could have avoided the steamer if within twenty rods of her by great exertion, even if the vessel was but three times her length from the steamer she could have avoided doing serious damage by putting her helm hard up; had the schooner seen the steamer half a mile off she could not have struck her except by gross negligence; it seems to me that the helm of the vessel must have been put down instead of up, and that was the cause of the disaster; the schooner could have laid to within a mile of us after the collision with perfect safety; it was not very dark although raining hard.

John Vorce, 1st mate of the Augusta, says at the time of the collision it was the captain's watch. The 2nd mate was on deck, when a squall came up; I called the Captain who got on deck just as the squall struck us. About one third of the foresail and third of the mainsail was up when we struck the steamer.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1860