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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1868

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p.2 Schooner Ashore - The schooner Defiance, of Port Hope, with lumber for Oswego, went ashore about one o'clock this afternoon on the shoal a little south of Snake Island. She had lost her boat, and was unable to communicate with the land, except by distress signal. One of Calvin & Breck's tugs started to her assistance as the News was going to press.

Port Colborne - The barque Arabia, loaded with wheat for Kingston, went ashore in the gale early this morning behind the East Pier. There are 2 feet of water in her now. Prospects are good of getting her off.

Barque Arabia Ashore - The owners of the Arabia, Messrs. Kinghorn, Henderson & Nichols, received a telegram early this morning, containing the intelligence that that vessel had gone ashore during the gale of last night at Port Colborne, and now lies with 3 feet of water in her hold. The Arabia was bound down and has on board 18,872 bu. wheat.


The propeller Perseverance, Capt. John Fitzgibbons, of the Welland Railway Line, took fire 15 miles off Pultneyville, about two o'clock this morning, and burned to the water's edge. The fire was discovered by the Engineer, who shouted to the first mate, who was on watch, and almost before they could realize the appalling fact, the propeller was completely wrapped in flames. Two of her boats were on fire before they could be reached, but the third was launched and put off with the two mates, two men and a boy. There were nineteen persons on board, fourteen of whom, including the Captain, perished in the flames.

The propeller Enterprise, of the same line, was about 15 miles astern of the Perseverance, and she picked up the boat containing the persons above named, and arrived with the survivors this afternoon. The Enterprise remained near the burning steamer till daylight, at which time the wreck was still afloat, when she resumed her journey. The captain's son, who was first mate, is among the saved.

The cargo of the Perseverance consisted of 20,147 bushels corn, for T.S. Mott, and both boat and cargo were insured, but for what amount we can not learn. Neither, at the time of writing, can we ascertain the names of the lost.

The Perseverance was a first class propeller, and was employed wholly in the grain business between this port and the Welland Railway. This is one of the most heart-rending calamities which has ever occurred on the lake, and has cast a shadow of gloom over the whole community. Capt. Fitzgibbons formerly resided in this city, and was well known and much respected here.

Later - Since writing the above we have obtained the names of the lost and surviving as follows:

Lost:- John Fitzgibbons, Captain; Michael Fitzgibbons, son of the Captain, Steward; Alexander McArthur, First Engineer; Charles Mason, Second Engineer; Andrew and James Patrick and Henry Scott, Firemen; Dolf Biznet, Wheelsman; four deck hands, French, names unknown; Mrs. Davis, a widow, and daughter, Cook and Cabin maid.

Saved - Morris Fitzgibbons, son of the Captain, First Mate; Wm. Thorp, Second Mate; Peter Lego, Wheelsman; Patrick Lynch, Porter; and one deck hand, French, name not ascertained. [Oswego Times]

-Capt. A. Malone of Garden Island marries.

p.3 Vessels Passed Through The Welland Canal - Port Colborne, Oct. 7th - Prop City of London, Port Stanley, Montreal, gen cargo; prop Dominion, Milwaukee, St. Catherines, gen cargo; schr. Bay Queen, Port Dover, Toronto, wood; schr. Louisa, Port Stanley, Kingston, peas; prop Young America, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen cargo; schr. Rockaway, Erie, Oswego, coal; schr. Lathrope, Saginaw, Ogdensburgh, lumber; schr. Nell Woodwall, Port Stanley, Oswego, peas; schr. Star of Hope, Oswego, Toledo, salt; barque Republic, Clayton, Saginaw, light; schr. M. O'Gorman, Kingston, Port Stanley, light; schr. O.S. Storrs, Toronto, Toledo, barley; schr. Clayton Belle, Kingston, Bay City, light; schr. New Dominion, Bath, Toledo, barley; schr. S.J. Clark, Toronto, Toledo, barley; schr. G.H. Walker, Oswego, Milwaukee, salt.

Port Colborne, Oct. 8th - Schr. W. Greenwood, Toledo, barley; schr. Almeda, St. Catherines, Toledo, light; prop Buckeye, Oswego, Chicago, gen cargo. Down -Barque Malta, Leamington, Kingston, timber; prop Empire, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen cargo; schr. St. Albans, Chicago, Ogdensburgh, gen cargo; schr. L.B. Crocker, Detroit, Oswego, lumber; schr. Rapid, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; schr. S.J. Luff, Bay City, Oswego, lumber; schr. schr. W.H. Hoag, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; schr. St. Andrews, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; schr. Eveline, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; schr. H.A. Richards, Detroit, Ogdensburgh, wheat; schr. Jessie, Toledo, Kingston, oats, discharged at elevator; schr. Kate Gillet, wheat from Milwaukee for Oswego.

The Schooner Persian - The Chicago Journal of Oct. 3rd, says:- We yesterday published a telegram from Oswego stating that fears were entertained of the loss of the schooner Persian, from a collision with the schooner C.B. Allen, on Lake Huron. We today learn from A. McClure, Esq., who was at Presque Isle, from the 14th to the 21st ultimo, staying with Patrick Garrity, the light house keeper, that during his stay there, a white yawl boat, in the best condition, was picked up at the station between Presque Isle and false Presque Isle. New brooms, a hawser box and such dunnage as would be on the deck of a vessel, two new hats and one old one, besides smaller articles, were also picked up. The vessel evidently foundered with all on board, as there has been ample time for them to have been picked up by passing vessels had they succeeded in getting into a boat or on a raft. Information in regard to the yawl boat can be had by addressing Charles Warner, fisherman, Au Sable river. This tends to confirm the worst fears with regard to the missing vessel. There is little doubt but she is lost with all hands on board.

Marine Disasters By the Gale

Picton, Oct. 8th - The John Fulton, from Toledo to Ogdensburg, loaded with 20,000 feet black walnut, sprung a leak and became waterlogged, abreast of Nicholson's island in the gale of last night. She is now at anchor in South Bay. A tug and lighter and steam-pump had been sent for.

Dunnville, Oct. 8th - The schooner A.P. Wait will be a total loss. They cannot get to her assistance with a tug, she will pound to pieces on the reef. She was coal laden from Cleveland to Toronto.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1868