The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 8, 1868

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Owing to the dense smoke which hung over the city and river on Sunday evening, the fine steamer Corinthian met with almost a very serious accident. It appears that, about six o'clock she successfully run the Lachine Rapids, but after doing so, the pilot got out of the channel, and accidentally run the steamer on to a shoal near the Nun's Island. She had on board a large number of passengers, who, as might naturally be supposed, exhibited no little excitement; but when assured by Capt. Dunlop that no danger need be apprehended, they quickly retired to their cabins, where they remained all night. At eight o'clock yesterday morning the steamer Maid of Canada, Captain Jas. Healey, proceeded to where the Corinthian lay, and took off her passengers. They spoke in the hightest terms of the conduct of Captain Dunlop, and on their way to the city drew up and presented him the following address:-

On Board the Maid of Canada

To Captain Dunlop, Steamer Corinthian:

We, the undersigned passengers from the steamer Corinthian, before separating, wish to express to you our heartfelt thanks for the able and seamanlike manner in which you so thoroughly provided for the safety of the vessel and comfort of the passengers, after the accidental grounding of the steamer on a shoal above the Victoria Bridge last evening. No further proof of confidence was required than the perfect state of satisfaction in which the ladies early retired to their couches, knowing they had to remain on board all night. We feel convinced that no blame whatever can be attached to either you or the pilot, as, owing to a very dense smoke that suddenly arose after passing the Lachine Rapids, obscuring all land marks, you took the precaution to slacken steam, and afterwards, on finding we were in shallow water and out of the channel, to reverse engines, thereby causing the vessel to ground lightly, and probably saving not only the steamer, but the lives of many of the passengers under your charge. Montreal, July 6th, 1868 (signed by 48 passengers)

The Corinthian now lies in four feet of water forward, and ten feet aft. The cargo is not damaged, her pumps - which are only worked to about half their capacity - having successfully kept down the water since the time of the accident. The damage to the vessel is slight, and it is expected she will be got off today. [Montreal News]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 8, 1868