Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 18, 1862
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p.2 Steamer Ottawa Sunk - The sidewheel freight steamer Ottawa, of Messrs. Jacques and Tracey's line, sank at her wharf on Monday morning. She was moored at the end of Anglin's wharf, where during the winter she has been undergoing repairs. Lately she has been very leaky, and on Friday and Saturday last leaked much more than usual. She was not pumped out on Sunday, and on Monday morning at half past seven, when the hands went down for the purpose of pumping, they found the hold filling very fast. They summoned the engineer to rig extra pumps, but before this could be done the water had gained so rapidly as to bring the vessel down by the stern to a place on which the carpenters had been at work, where the water freely entered. The steamer then filled and went down suddenly by the stern, breaking up the surrounding ice with a large crash and listing heavily on the wharf. She afterwards settled down even off the wharf in about eighteen feet depth of water. The vessel will now be raised by means of a steam pump. The occurrence of the accident seems to be owing to the fact that those in charge were not sufficiently watchful or apprehensive of the leaky condition of the boat. The Ottawa was employed on the lakes and river as a general freight boat. If nothing untoward happens she will take her place on the lakes again this season.
-Business upon the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario the coming season promises not only to be brisk, but to meet with lively opposition. In addition to the American Line, comprising the splendid steamers Bay State, Ontario, and Cataract, we understand that a regular daily line is to be formed between this place and Toronto, composed of the fleet and comfortable steamers Kingston, Passport, Banshee, and Champion, to connect at Toronto with the Collingwood Railway, and at this port with the fast and beautiful river steamers Napolean and Victoria for Montreal. The Victoria is an iron boat, and is said to be a great favorite with the travelling public. [Ogdensburg Advance]
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- Rick Neilson
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