The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1862

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p.2 -The steamer St. Lawrence, plying between Belleville and Montreal, met with an accident on Monday night on her voyage up, when between Gananoque and Kingston. One of the flanges on the paddle wheel shaft became loose, and the paddle wheel was entirely destroyed. The St. Lawrence was towed up to Kingston on Monday morning from the locality of the accident, 16 miles down the river, and will be repaired here. The boat will have to discharge cargo.

Twelve Persons Drowned - Detroit, Aug. 15th - The schooner Creole, with a cargo of iron ore, collided with the steamer Illinois, in Lake Superior, and sunk. Capt. McAdam, his wife and mother, and nine of the crew, were lost. The vessel is a total loss.

p.3 The Steamer Empress Sunk - Between eight and nine o'clock on Saturday evening, the Steamer Empress struck on a rock when nearly opposite St. Lamberts, on her downward trip from Upper Canada, and the water immediately commenced to rush in, in the most alarming manner. When she arrived at the first lock of the Canal, she was so deep in the water, that the passengers became confused, and commenced to jump out on the wharf, before the gangway could be laid. Fortunately, however, no lives were lost, and no accident occurred except that one lady fainted from the fright. Everyone having landed, the Captain endeavored to run the vessel in Tate's Dry Dock, and succeeded in getting as far as Messrs. Grant and Hall's Mill, but the entrance to the dock was impeded by vessels, and the Empress settled down. [Montreal Herald]

The passengers of the Empress have published a card stating that: - "The boat was detained at Ogdensburgh, and in consequence of the detention and the lateness of the hour, Capt. Cameron was unwilling to risk the passage of the Lachine Rapids and the dangerous entrance to Montreal, but was induced to attempt it at the urgent solicitation of the passengers, very many of whom were making the trip down the river for the first time. Owing to the darkness, as the boat approached the Victoria Bridge it was impossible to see accurately the true channel, and the partial grounding of the boat was inevitable.

The coolness, good judgement and skill shown by Capt. Cameron and his subordinate officers, after the boat struck the rocks, by which the boat was brought to her pier, merits our highest commendation and our warmest gratitude."

Imports - 18,19.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1862