The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 21, 1862

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p.3 The Accident to the Empress - The Globe gives the following account from a correspondent:-

The Upper Canada steamer Empress, in going down the Lachine Rapids on Saturday night, about half past nine, struck a rock immediately after passing under the Victoria Bridge, and a large hole was made in her bows. The stream here runs very rapidly. Fortunately the steamer sailed on, but the situation of the passengers was a most perilous one. The steamer was rapidly filling with water, the fires were put out, and every moment the crowd of passengers (over 180 in number, mostly Americans, and excursionists who had gone from Montreal to the Falls) expected to be swallowed up in the rapid stream; but she, midst the most breathless anxiety, providentially reached the wharf, and the passengers had just time to get on land and to save their luggage. When she reached the wharf she had five feet of water in her! Had she been but five minutes later in reaching the wharf, the vessel would have sunk in deep and rapid water, and to add to the terrors of the scene the night was very dark. The passengers speak highly of the conduct of the ladies on board when the crash occurred; only one lost control of her feelings. All maintained the deepest silence, and expected every moment that they would find a watery grave.

It was a most daring adventure, certainly, to go down under the bridge on such a dark night, for the deep water channel is very narrow. It is to be hoped that no one will ever attempt to do the same again.

The Empress is lying in the canal, sunk to the bottom. Fortunately she had very little cargo.

Imports - 19,20.

A Handsome Reward - A handsome reward (proportionate to the expenses) will be paid to any person or persons who will recover the body of Joseph Crowley, who was drowned off the steamer George Moffatt, on Saturday, the 16th of August inst., at which time the steamer was within 30 miles of Kingston, coming down the lake.

The deceased was twenty years of age, dressed in seaman's apparel, of fair complexion, and light hair. Any information given to the subscriber will be thankfully received, and all expenses paid, and a reward paid to those who may recover the body.

No. 2 Gore street, Kingston, Aug. 19th John Crowley

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 21, 1862