The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 27, 1865

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p.2 The Accident To The Corinthian - The steamer Corinthian, Capt. Chrysler, which was disabled as reported yesterday, was brought into this port this morning at 5 o'clock by the steam-tug Wales, which was sent in search of her yesterday morning. The accident happened in mid-lake while on the way to Genesee harbor from Port Hope on Tuesday afternoon about four o'clock, by the breaking of the under strap of the walking beam attached to the rocking shaft. The beam, which is of skeleton form, is formed of an iron casting, with wrought iron straps enclosing it of about four inches square. The break arose from imperfect welding of the iron, the fracture showing that less than an inch of the outer perpendicular edges on either side were joined, and the wonder of all who have looked at it is that it did not occur on her trial trip some six weeks ago. The strap, we learn, was imported from England in its complete state, and the fault therefore lies with the English workmen who did the work; but the imperfection was so well concealed as to stand a strict scrutiny, and which the accident alone has revealed. It is a most happy circumstance of an unlucky accident that the flaw was beneath, while the piston was ascending in the cylinder; had it been above, in all human probability the boat and its freight of precious lives would have been engulfed in the waters of Ontario, by the breaking through the bottom of the boat. The result of the accident has been the breaking of the cylinder-head and the cross-head, and the destruction of a portion of the deck by the descending part of the beam, which is still attached to the shaft. Capt. Chrysler, immediately after the occurrence, sent off a boat, which succeeded in reaching Colborne, and Mr. C. Gildersleeve, the owner of the Corinthian in this city, was telegraphed to for assistance, and the tug Wales immediately despatched. The Corinthian meantime was drifting at the mercy of a gale which sprang up after the accident, and was in danger of drifting ashore at Wellington beach, which is a very insecure anchorage, but fortunately her anchors held her until the arrival of the tug. To make assurance doubly sure, Mr. Gildersleeve chartered the William yesterday to search for the Corinthian on the south side of the lake, in case she should have drifted thither. The passengers were landed here this morning to go on to their destination by the American boat today. Previously to separating they passed the resolutions which will be found below. The repairs to the Corinthian will require at least six weeks to complete; meantime it is expected the Banshee will be got to supply the route which the Corinthian's mishap has left unprovided.

At a meeting of passengers held on board the steamer Corinthian on Wednesday evening, 26th July, the following resolutions were unanimously passed:-

1st - We desire unitedly to recognize the Providential care of Almighty God in the fact that the serious accident which yesterday befell this steamer has been unattended with personal injury to any on board, or with loss of life.

2nd - Whilst regretting the loss which this accident occasions to the owners, and also to the travelling public, in the withdrawal for a time of this fine steamer from the navigation of Lake Ontario, we feel called upon to express our high sense of the uniform courtesy and general qualities as commander evinced by Captain Chrysler in the discharge of the onerous duties which this accident entailed upon him, together with a drift of twenty-four hours with a helpless vessel in a high sea.

3rd - To the officers and crew generally the best thanks of the passengers are tendered for the attention paid by them to the safety of the vessel and cordial kindness to all; and as the Corinthian has proved herself to be today a first-rate seaboat, we hope a long course of prosperity is before her.

4th - That a copy of these resolutions, signed by the passengers, be handed to Capt. Chrysler.

(signed by approx. 40 passengers)

Imports - 26,27; Exports - 26,27.

p.3 Vessels To And From Canadian Ports Passing Through The Welland Canal - July 26th.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 27, 1865