The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1866

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p.2 Imports - 18,19; Exports - 18,19.

Death of Captain Alexander Donaldson - Mr. Gordon W. Finkle has received a letter from William Donaldson, brother of the late Captain Alexander Donaldson, dated at St. Catherines, detailing the manner of the death of the latter. The schooner Andrew Stevens, owned and commanded by the deceased, was approaching "the Ducks," when Captain Donaldson was struck. He was standing near the main rigging, directing his nephew William Donaldson, who was steering, to keep the vessel away so as to jibe the sails after passing the Ducks, and as the booms were about coming over he called to the helmsman to look out for the mizzen boom, and forgot himself to look out for the main boom. From the place where he was standing it is inferred that the boom must have struck him on the head and stunned him, for after he was in the water the mate threw over a ladder that was at hand, which fell close to him, but which he did not attempt to grasp. He was heard to groan once or twice, after which he suddenly sunk. His body has not been found. Captain Donaldson was brought up in Kingston, and had been master of a vessel on the lakes between eighteen and twenty years. His brother, Captain Charles Donaldson, was drowned about 4 years ago off the head of Wolfe Island from the schooner Tornado. Capt. Alexander Donaldson was one of the apprentices of the Messrs. Ives in years gone by. He possessed to the last all the friendliness and simplicity of the genuine Jack Tar, and his sudden death is lamented by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in this city and elsewhere.

p.3 Vessel For Sale - schooner B.F. Davy, expected at this port from Chicago about 30th instant.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1866