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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 20, 1868


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p.2 The Accident to the Grecian - On Thursday evening the wind was blowing strong from the eastward, which had the effect of lowering the water in the Rapids. Of these there are four included in the series which the Beauharnois Canal was built to surmount, the upper one being the Coteau, then the Cedars, Split Rock and Cascades. The Grecian had safely passed through the Coteau and Cedars, and on reaching the Split Rock, about half-past five, she was three-fourths of her way past the rock when she struck a little abaft of the paddle wheels. The shock was distinctly felt by the passengers, but the admirable coolness of Capt. Kelly and his officers kept down any excitement which might otherwise have arisen, and which would have created confusion and possible danger. Finding that the steamer was making water, and to avoid the slightest risk of life, Capt. Kelly determined to beach her on the rush bed close to the shore on the Beauharnois side. There are here no stones, fortunately, the bottom being muddy, and she was run ashore in shallow water, there being five feet of water at her stem and almost seven at the stern. No time was lost in landing the passengers, and they were all conveyed ashore in the steamer's boats, about a quarter of a mile above where the steam-tug Ottawa was lying, and where she had intended to remain till morning. An address was prepared, which after being signed by all the passengers, was presented to Captain Kelly, expressing the admiration they felt for his conduct and behaviour during the trying scene which they had passed through. The passengers arrived here shortly after two o'clock under the care of the purser, the Captain remaining on the steamer. In the meantime the cargo had been got on deck so that no damage was sustained by any part of it. Captain Howard left early yesterday to ascertain the exact position of affairs, and reports that the hull has suffered but little damage. The Spartan brings down steam pumps from Messrs. Calvin & Breck, Kingston, this evening, with which the Lord Elgin will start as soon as they have been put on board, and it is expected that the Grecian will be got safely down by Monday night. As some little confusion seems to exist as to the Rapid in which she struck, it may be as well to state that the Split Rock is about sixty miles below the Long Sault Rapid. [Montreal Herald]

p.3 Port Arrivals - 20.


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Date of Original:
July 20, 1868
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KN.25405
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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 20, 1868