The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 15, 1866

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p.2 Accident - Mr. Comer, a clerk in the employ of Mr. William Bowen, forwarder, fell down the hatchway of the steamer Kingston yesterday afternoon, striking his head violently against the sharp edge of a beam, inflicting a deep gash nearly 3 inches in length. The fall has not resulted in any serious injury to Mr. Comer, but he is compelled to remain quiet for a time.

Sad Accident And Loss of Life - That dangerous part of Lake Ontario in the vicinity of Oswego has been the scene of a distressing accident, by which several (some say nine) persons lost their lives, five or six of whom are from this city. The information comes by the tug Ellen Jeffers, which had towed one of the barges from Mill Point to "the cove," whence the tug Wheeler started with this barge and a second one, both laden with lumber, for Oswego. This was on Monday evening, and when within ten miles of Oswego, the wind blowing strongly, up the lake, the leading barge became unmanageable, and finally filled and sunk, after losing her deck load, to a level with the water. The Wheeler still hung on to the second barge, a very old one, until the stern gave way, when she also sunk to the water line, losing the lumber piled upon the deck. In this position several of the hands were washed overboard, amongst others Thomas Coulter, whose parents live at the railway depot, Lyman Boyce, son of a carter of this city, William Barton, and young Gallagher (son of a cabman) also of Kingston, and a young man named Barton who shipped from here, but whose parents are in Oswego. Jack O'Shea, who was in charge of the barge, is also said to have been drowned, but there is no certainty of the fact. The bodies were to arrive here by the steamer Bay of Quinte this afternoon, when fuller particulars will be received. Private telegrams received by the friends of the young men confirm the names of the above mentioned as being among the lost.

Since the above was written a telegram has been received from Jack O'Shea, dated at Oswego, to one of his friends here, so that Jack is not among the missing. The steamer Bay of Quinte brought down from Picton, whither they had been brought by a tug, the bodies of Lyman Boyce and William Barton. The barges are said to belong to a firm in Belleville engaged in conveying lumber to Oswego from ports on the Bay of Quinte.

p.3 Imports - 14,15; Exports - 13-15.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 15, 1866