The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1863


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p.2 Accident to the Steamer Passport - We regret to have occasion to record another serious accident to this favorite steamer. On Sunday evening she left her berth at the Atlantic Wharf at the usual hour for Toronto and Hamilton, with a large and valuable cargo and a number of passengers, but while passing inside the Market Battery, the water being low at the time, she struck on the shoal and sustained such damage as necessitated her return. This, however, could not be accomplished. When the result of the accident was discovered the boat had proceeded some distance beyond the Battery, and when she was being put about to return to her dock she was found to be filling so rapidly that her commander caused her to be run ashore at the Water Works Company's wharf. Immediately on the condition of the Passport becoming known, Messrs. Calvin & Breck despatched two of their tugs to her assistance, the Hercules and America, and during Sunday night and yesterday these boats were constantly engaged in removing all of the cargo that could be secured. The goods and baggage on the deck were all got off, for the most part in a seriously damaged condition, but the water being nearly on a level with the upper deck no attempt could be made yesterday to remove the freight in the hold. It was only at a late hour in the afternoon that the men employed succeeded in cutting holes through the plank in which to fit the pumps, and but little can be done towards saving the portion of the cargo yet on board until some progress has been made in freeing the boat from the water with which she was filled. The cargo, as already stated, is a heavy and valuable one, consisting of hardware, dry goods, wines and liquors, teas, sugars, paints, fish, confectionary, and other property of almost every description. Nearly all these goods are seriously damaged, and many of the articles entirely destroyed, and it is probable that all will be sold here for the benefit of those concerned. The nature of the injury sustained by the Passport is as yet unknown, and there is understood to be a difference of opinion as to the cause of the accident. While it is generally believed that she was damaged by coming in contact with the shoal, the Captain and some others are of opinion that her bottom was broken by striking against one of some spiles which are supposed to lie between the Battery and the shore; it being the belief of the latter that the water was sufficiently deep to allow the boat to pass in safety. These are mere conjectures, however, it being impossible to obtain any definite knowledge as to the cause of the accident until the vessel is hauled up for repairs. A large number of men are at work freeing the boat from water, and it is expected that she will be ready today to go on the marine railway for examination. The damage done to the cargo is roughly estimated at twenty thousand dollars.

Vessel Ashore - The schooner James Coleman, Captain Murray, from St. Catherines for Kingston, went ashore near Presque Isle during the gale on Saturday. We learn that the only freight she had on board was two horses, which were thrown over, but succeeded in saving themselves by swimming to the shore..

p.3 Arrivals - 2.


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Date of Original:
Nov. 3, 1863
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KN.24189
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English
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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1863