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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1870

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p.2 Coroner's Inquest - Another inquest was held this morning in the Police Station, by Coroner Shaw, on the body of Bernard Labra, who was drowned about seven o'clock last night off the barge Resolution lying at Messrs. Jones & Miller's wharf. It appears, from the Captain's statement, that two of the crew, a man named Colis Tuyaux ?, and the deceased, both French Canadians, were engaged at the time in securing the hatches of the boat against the rising storm, and the former falling overboard, the latter went to the stern to procure a line to pull him out, and while so doing, stumbled and also fell in, and sank, before he could be rescued in the darkness. Verdict, "accidental drowning." The friends of the deceased live at Montreal, where the remains will be taken for burial.

Supposed To Be Drowned - Four young men, named respectively Daniel Ryan, Michael Burke, Thomas Patrick and Andrew Stephens, all residents of the village of Barriefield, Pittsburg, are said to be numbered among those drowned from the schooner Jessie, of Port Stanley, which ran ashore during Sunday night, on the south side of Salmon Point, and went to pieces, they having all shipped together on that vessel at Kingston. The leather covered trunk, marked "R.J." with brass nails, floated ashore at Picton on Monday, belonging to the first named person. The news of the melancholy disaster has reached the parents and friends of the deceased, who are almost distracted; this case, if true, as there seems to be no doubt, being the third of the kind that has occurred in the Patrick family in the course of a few years. The Belleville Intelligencer gives a few additional particulars of the loss of the Jessie, and says there is no doubt that all hands are lost. Among those belonging to the crew from Belleville were John Shevlin, Captain, and Harry Dupont, mate. It is feared that others of the crew were also from Belleville but their names have not transpired. Efforts were made Tuesday and Wednesday to recover the bodies by dragging, but without avail. No bodies have been washed ashore yet. Some of the relatives of those lost went away today for the purpose of assisting in recovering the bodies. The vessel is completely broken up, and the shore for two miles is strewn with the wreck.

Another Disaster On Lake Erie - Another terrible disaster occurred on Lake Erie during the late terrible gale. On Friday night last the tug Zouave started for Bay City with six barges heavily lumber-laden. Getting down to Port Austin she found the tug Clematis lying there, and the sea was so heavy that she decided to turn over the Joseph H. Hollon, Mohawk and Milia to her charge, coming along with the other three herself. The crew of the Hollon consisted of Captain Robert Forrest, a Canadian, the mate, Harry Morrison, of Algonac, Peter Dean, and the woman Josephine Dean, his wife, and employed on board in the capacity of cook. The Hollon was well loaded down, but the storm had not been much felt until after the Clematis took her line. The gale continued to grow fresher after the tugs started out, and the Zouave was soon out of sight, the Clematis going along slowly. The sea grew constantly rougher, and the men at the wheel on the barges had to lash themselves fast to keep themselves from being swept away. On Sunday evening the fury of the storm increased, and about midnight the tow line snapped, and the three barges were adrift at the mercy of the waves. The Hallon got loose from the others, and her crew endured great hardships until Monday afternoon, when they were picked up by the barque Oneonta, and taken to Detroit. Captain Forrest had been swept off by a large wave and drowned, and Peter Dean died from the effects of the severe weather. It is feared the other barges were lost with their crews.

-The gunboat Prine Alfred will be laid up at Sarnia during the coming winter, instead of wintering at Goderich as it did last year. The Government has acted wisely in changing the winter quarters of the Prince Alfred, as Sarnia is in every respect preferable to the Goderich harbour, which is locked up by the ice for four or five months of the year, while the Sarnia harbour is always open, and the Prince Alfred could put to sea at any moment, it might be, to meet emergencies. [Hamilton Times]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1870