The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1867

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p.2 The Grey Battery - troop movements on Spartan and Magnet.



A terrible steamboat disaster happened last night, between Cape Vincent and Grenadier Island, resulting in the loss of between twenty and thirty lives, the actual number not yet having been ascertained. The propeller Wisconsin, one of the Northern Transportation Company's line, left Cape Vincent on her way to Chicago last night between ten and eleven o'clock, and when within two miles of Grenadier Island, which is about ten miles from Cape Vincent, it was discovered that the vessel was on fire and burning rapidly. The greatest consternation immediately rose amongst the passengers, and one of the propeller's boats was immediately got ready for lowering so as to save as many lives as possible, there being a large number on board, the actual number of whom has not been ascertained. The passengers losing all presence of mind rushed into the boat before it could be lowered, and the lines giving way the boat was capsized, precipitating all who were in it, between twenty five and thirty souls, into the water. These are said to have been all drowned. Meanwhile the Captain headed the vessel direct for Grenadier Island, amid the greatest confusion of the passengers, and run her into as shoal water as possible, where she burned to the water's edge. The fire is said to have begun under the boiler.

A passenger on the Watertown on her way to this city at a late hour last night, pointed out the reflection of the burning vessel to Capt. Hinckley. On the arrival of the steamer at Cape Vincent this morning, Captain Hinckley immediately proceeded to the scene of the disaster, to render assistance. He managed to recover seven bodies, with which he and the rescued passengers and crew returned to Cape Vincent.

The following is a list of the names of the passengers and crew who were saved and lost so far as they could be learned. One of the firemen is known to have been burned.

(A list of Passengers Saved, Passengers Lost, Crew Saved, and Crew Lost is given)

Arrivals - 21,22; Departures - 20.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1867