The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 26, 1865

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p.2 An Unintended Launch - An accident occurred this morning about eight o'clock at the marine railway, attended with very serious results to the machinery of the establishment. The propeller Avon, which had been leaking badly, had been drawn upon the ways and the carriage was about to be removed to make arrangements for also drawing up the propeller Ranger, when the chains suddenly gave way, and the Avon rushed off the ways, hurling numbers of wedges high in the air, scattering the timbers and several small boats which stood in her way, and before the people in the yard could recover from their astonishment she was far out into the stream with only two men on board, and with two large holes in her bottom, which had been bored after hauling her up, to let the water out. When the Avon began to move the captain was in the act of ascending the ladder to go on deck, and between twenty and thirty men were at work on her bottom, caulking, none of whom fortunately were injured. Ropes were got out, and she was, with a great deal of difficulty, drawn into the slip at the foot of Earl street, where she now lies. The second largest wheel of the machinery was broken into pieces, as well as the driving cog wheel, which was also demolished. The man who attends the wheel house was knocked down by the pieces from the broken wheels, but not injured. It will take several days to repair the damages.

Imports - 22-26.

Robbery From A Safe - in forwarding office of Mr. George Chaffey, foot of Princess st.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 26, 1865