The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 8, 1865

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p.2 The Steamers And The Smoke - The steamers still continue to encounter a good deal of smoke on the river. The Grecian which should have gone up last night did not leave here until this morning, having had to lay over at Brockville last night. The steamer Bay of Quinte also meets with some little difficulty on the bay occasionally, but not such as to interfere with the regularity of the trips.

The Loss of the Watertown - It was impossible at the late hour at which the Gazelle arrived from Cape Vincent yesterday afternoon to add further particulars to the meagre account of the loss of the steamer Watertown. About three o'clock yesterday morning, when all hands were sound asleep, the fire was first discovered. The burning steamer was almost immediately cut adrift by the railroad authorities, when those of the crew who had not jumped off when the first alarm was given had to crawl through the windows, throw themselves into the water, and swim ashore. Nothing was saved, only a few of the men being fortunate enough to secure their clothes. The books were also lost. Before leaving the vessel the engineer ran below and broke the injection pipe, in the hope of sufficiently filling the steamer with water to sink her; in this, however, he failed. The fire seems to have taken in the cook's room, in the lower cabin, and must have been some time burning before it was discovered, as the flames when first noticed had made formidable headway, and the boat was rapidly being enveloped in flame, beyond all hope of saving her. How the fire occurred no one can tell. She had a first class pony engine on board, which could have been used to great advantage had the fire been discovered sooner; but not a thought could be given to aught else save the immediate preservation of the lives of those on board. The burning vessel drifted to Feather-bed Shoal and grounded, three miles from Cape Vincent, between Carleton Island and the main shore, where she soon burned to the water's edge. About an hour elapsed from the time the fire was first discovered until she was totally consumed. The machinery, so far as can be ascertained, is but slightly damaged. The Watertown was valued at $20,000, and not being insured the loss will fall heavily on the owners, Messrs. Kinghorn and Hinckley. The cook did not sleep aboard the vessel, having in the evening gone ashore with her husband. A waiter named James Carr, who was known to have been on board, did not make his appearance among the hands when they met to congratulate each other on their fortunate escape. Yesterday, on search being made, the charred bones of a human being were found on the wreck, which there is no doubt are those of Carr. He had been paid off on Thursday evening, and must have gone over on the steamer on business of his own. He leaves a wife and three children in this city. The hull of the steamer now lies in a small bay down the river, where she was towed by small boats yesterday. She is beached in a very safe position. Arrangements are being made to take out the engine and boiler immediately, until when it will not be possible to ascertain the full extent of the damage.

The Regatta - All the yachts belonging to the city are being fitted up to compete in the first and second classes at the forthcoming regatta. A great deal of interest is attached to the sailing races, and several yachts are coming from a distance to enter for it.

Regatta Ball - to be given at City Hall on day after regatta.

Low Water - The steamer Grecian on her last downward trip touched a rock in passing through the great Coteau rapid; the forward part of the vessel striking owing to a rush of passengers in that direction to get a better view of the rapid. The engines were immediately reversed, and the steamer proceeded cautiously to Montreal. There was no leakage, but on putting her into the drydock (where she remained about an hour) it was discovered that one of the rivets had sprung. In future passengers will be more generally distributed over the steamers than heretofore, while passing down the rapids, a precaution rendered necessary owing to the extreme lowness of the water. The Grecian has since passed upward on her regular trip.

Imports - 7,8; Exports - 7,8.

Vessels To And From Canadian Ports Passing Through The Welland Canal - 7th.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 8, 1865