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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1863

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p.2 Ottawa & Kingston Route - The steamer Britannia left Ottawa on Saturday for Kingston, and will be followed today by the Bytown.

-The steamer Bowmanville left on Saturday afternoon with freight and passengers for Montreal.

-The Ireland, one of the three barges, England, Ireland and Scotland, built for Messrs. Chaffey Bros. at Brockville, was towed in on Saturday morning, and immediately commenced to load with grain for Montreal. These barges have each a capacity of 25,000 bushels, and are strongly built vessels.

Accident to The Steamer Empress - Man Drowned - The departure of the steamer Empress for Gananoque, on Saturday morning, was attended with a series of accidents which, we regret to say, resulted in the drowning of one of the crew, a fine young man, named James Boyd, a brother to the mate. As the steamer left her berth she was driven by the wind (as is alleged) which was high at the time, against the jib-boom of the schooner C. Davis, lying at the end of the wharf, loosing her midship fender and receiving some damage to her rails. She was soon disengaged from the vessel, however, and proceeded on her way; but she had not gone many yards when she came in contact with the schooner Elk, which had a few minutes before anchored near Doyle's wharf. By this collision the steamer's upper works sustained considerable damage, a large portion of the rail on her starboard side being carried away, and some of the woodwork near the paddle-box broken in. With a little trouble she was disengaged from the schooner, and again steamed outward. The steamer had hardly reached Point Frederick, when James Boyd, who was leaning against a part of the broken rail, fell overboard, and after struggling a few moments with the waves, sunk to rise no more alive. Mr. O.S. Gildersleeve, who was standing near the unfortunate man when he fell over, promptly seized and threw out to him a life-preserver, which fell within a few feet of the spot where the man was struggling; but unfortunately the wind carried it out of his reach, and before a boat, which had been put out, could get to his assistance, Boyd had sunk beneath the waves. The Empress returned and wooded at Anderson & Ford's wharf, leaving a portion of her crew to grapple for the body, which had not been recovered up to a late hour on Saturday night.

-American steamer Helen Augusta arrived at Montreal from Ogdensburgh.

-On Tuesday evening while the schooner Caroline, of Toronto, Captain Samuel Goldring, was on her way to Oswego, from Toronto, a sailor, John McDonald, belonging to Toronto, fell from her cross-trees, breaking his leg, jaw and foot, and knee shattered, and is not expected to live. He is now lying in Oswego under the care of the British Consul.

p.3 Imports - May 1st.

ad - Tug Service - Upper St. Lawrence - tenders called for service between upper entrance of the Lachine Canal and Kingston, for three years from 1st of May, 1864; not less than six steamers, the rates to be paid by the vessels towed to be 10 per cent below that of the tariff in 1862. - Department of Public Works.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1863