The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 23, 1864

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p.2 The Ice - ice in harbor - ferry had to cut through to get to Wolfe Island.

Inquest - A fatal accident occurred last night between nine and ten o'clock at Wolfe Island, by which Captain Archibald McClellan of the steamer Gazelle lost his life. According to the testimony of the engineer and that of William H. Kerr, Mr. Kinghorn's storehouseman, who was aboard at the time, the cylinder stuffing had been worn or had fallen out, and the vessel lay in the ice while the new packing was being put in by the engineer, and there was very little steam up. Captain Hinckley came astern with the Watertown to tow the Gazelle to the city, when a passenger cried out that the latter vessel was frozen in forward, whereupon Captain Hinckley gave orders to cut her out at the starboard side and bow. On the order being given, Captain McLellan went to the starboard wheel with an axe to get down to cut the ice, when the Watertown's paddles were set in motion, Captain Hinckley not knowing that McClellan was on the wheel. The sudden jerk and the action of the water on the wheel of the Gazelle, gave it a quick half turn, crushing the deceased between the wheel and the upper part of the paddle box. He was found jammed in scarcely three or four minutes after the accident, and quite dead. The top of the paddle box had to be removed before the body could be extricated. Captain Hinckley did not move his boat until he had received orders from some one on the Gazelle to go ahead. The verdict of the jury was - "That the deceased, Archibald McLellan, came to his death by the accidental turning of the wheel while the said Archibald McLellan was upon it, crushing him between the wheel and the paddle box." The deceased had a warm temper, but with it a warm and kindly heart. His honesty and truthfulness were unimpeachable, and his industry of that untiring kind known only to those aboard steamboats employed on short routes, and his sterling qualities won no ordinary esteem from his employer, by whom his loss is deeply regretted.

U.S. Consular Agent - assigned to Kingston.

Steamer Pierrepont - The steamer Pierrepont, which left here on Tuesday last with pumps for the propeller George Moffatt, arrived safely at Darlington yesterday and put the pumps on board. The Presqu' Isle lights being out, she may have some difficulty in returning to this port, unless a particularly fine day intervenes, which is hardly to be expected at this late season of the year.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 23, 1864