The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1867

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Further Particulars

Through the kindness of the purser of the steamer Watertown, Mr. John Kinghorn, we are in possession of a few further particulars relative to the burning of the propeller Wisconsin on Tuesday night. Last night Captain Hinckley proceeded with his steamer to the scene of the wreck, and succeeded in securing seven other bodies, which he brought to Cape Vincent. The fourteen bodies recovered are lying in a freight shed at Cape Vincent, and round about them are many of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased, as well as others saved by the coolness and presence of mind of Captain Townsend of the Wisconsin. The scene at the freight shed is represented as painful in the extreme. An inquest was being held on the bodies when the Watertown left.

Five of the crew are still missing - the first and second engineers and three others recently shipped. The greatest sympathy is felt for the Captain of the Wisconsin. He had formerly been mate of the vessel, and had not been long in command. His great regret is the terrible and unnecessary loss of life, occasioned by the headstrong recklessness and want of coolness on the part of the passengers, none of whom, he feels assured, need have lost their lives had his instructions been attended to.

Mr. Robert Chisholm, whose loss in relatives was so painfully severe, has been singularly unfortunate, and being somewhat advanced in years he is well-nigh prostrated with grief. In addition to his greater loss, he also lost a large sum of money, as well as all his effects; and in addition to all this, he had the misfortune to fall last night on the stairs of the hotel at which he is staying at Cape Vincent and broke one of his ribs. Mr. Creed of Potsdam, whose wife and two children were drowned, also lost the sum of nine hundred dollars, but the amount has since been recovered, having been found on the body of his wife, which was taken from the wreck.

The boat from which so many persons were consigned to almost instant destruction was the fourth that had been launched, three others having got their precious living freight safely ashore. The main cause of the accident was not so much the over-crowding of this boat as the unfortunate fact that some one, in haste to get it into the water, had cut the forward rope, giving it just such an inclination as would be sure to cause it to fill immediately.

Very great sympathy is felt in Cape Vincent for the sorrowing survivors, and subscription lists have been opened, and largely subscribed to by the people generally. A handsome sum is expected to be raised for distribution amongst those of the unfortunate ones who may stand in need of assistance.

The brief report of the accident published yesterday is strictly correct, and there can be very few further particulars to chronicle.

Removal of Artillery - on str. Passport.

Shipping of Machinery - from Axle Factory going to Lake Superior on sch. Senator Blood.

Towing - The item in Tuesday's News speaking of the trip made by the tug Wales from Toronto to Kingston, with a raft in tow, in which it is stated that 64 hours is the quickest time yet made across the lake under similar circumstances, has called forth a rejoiner from Messrs. Calvin & Breck. A memorandum furnished by one of the firm states that one of their tugs made a tow of a raft of six drams in 60 hours, arriving here on 8th May 1866; another which arrived on the 10th of the same month made the passage in 65 hours; and a tug which arrived on 25th August with a similar tow occupied only 57 hours in the passage from Toronto to this harbor.

Arrivals - 22,23; Departures - 22,23.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1867